The 59th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival
Spring is the season for film festivals, and if you are traveling in or around the Bay Area this month, then you are setting yourself up for some prime film experiences. The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), one of the most renowned and respected film festivals in San Francisco, is celebrating its 59th year, and will be in full form between April 21st and May 5th. Last year, the festival laid claim to screenings of 158 films coming out of 51 different countries.
This year, the festival is shifting to a new primary venue: the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in the New Mission Theater. This five-screen movie palace will be showing the bulk of the films occurring during the festival, so it makes moving from one film to another fairly simple.
Some of the festivals most anticipated films include:
- The documentary And when I die, I won’t stay dead, by Billy Woodberry, which revolves around San Francisco during its Beat Generation days, and specifically the poet Bob Kaufman.
- Phantom Boy, an animated feature from France, tells the story of a child with a terminal illness who is also holds the powers of invisibility and flight, which he uses to help a detective catch criminals.
- A very unsettling look at bullying and growing up is front and center in the Canadian film The Demons, which includes a tremendous soundtrack of classical music and the blues.
- A Young Patriot is a long gaze into the life of a young Chinese citizen growing up in the town of Pingyao in the province of Shanzi as he goes to college and grapples with complex political questions.
- The silent classic by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Vampyr, will be playing with live musical accompaniment provided by the band Mercury Rev and Simon Raymonde, of Cocteau Twins fame, making this event a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
- Assassination Classroom, The Greasy Strangler, Trivisa, and Under the Shadow are a collection of four films that SFIFF bills as its “Dark Wave” selections, and each one offers up a bouquet of strangeness and an unsettling atmosphere mixed with classic horror elements and enough creep-outs to keep everyone happy.
As well as the films, the festival also features director talkbacks, special presentations, and workshops for kids and adults.
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