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San Francisco International Film Festival 2011

April 21-May 5 (54th year)

March 29, 2011. The San Francisco International Film Festival, SFIFF 54 announced its program today with the usual press conference on the beautiful top floor of the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, with Graham Leggett, Executive Director of the SFFS, presiding in his fifth year at the Society's helm. There are 189 films from forty-odd countries. I will plan to attend and review as many of them as I can. About 18 of the selections I've already seen (see index below). Opening night film is Mike Mills' Beginners with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. Centerpiece is Azarel Jacobs' Terri. Closing night film is Matthieu Amalric's On Tour (Tournée). Special awards are going to legendary screenwriter Frank Pierson; Persistence of Vision Award to artist Matthew Barney; the Mel Novikoff Award for contribution to public appreciation of film goes to film restorer/showman Serge Bromberg (whose Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno was in the SFIFF last year; I reviewed it as part of the NYFF in 2009).

The Film Society of San Francisco's full program of the festival films on their website begins here.


(Below are reviews of SFIFF selections previously reviewed as part of NYFF 2110, R-V [Rendez-Vous with French Cinema] 2010 or 2011, or ND/NF [New Directors/New Films 2011. For comments on my SFIFF 2011 reviews and links to them as they appear on the website Filmleaf go to the FILMLEAF SFIFF 2011 comments thread.)

13 Assassins (Takashi Miike 2010)
Arbor, The (Clio Barnard 2010)
Asleep in the Sun (Alejandro Chomski 2010)
At Ellen's Age (Pia Marais 2010) ND/NF
Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari 2010) ND/NF
Aurora (Cristi Puiu 2010) NYFF
Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu, The (Andrei Uticǎ 2010) NYFF
Better This World (Kelly Duane, Katie Galloway 2011)
Black Bread (Agustí Villaronga 2010)
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975, The (Göran Hugo Olsson: 2011) ND/NF
Chantrapas (Otar Iosseliani 2010)
Circumstance (Maryam Keshavarz 2011)
City Below, The (Christoph Hochhäusler 2010)
Dish and the Spoon, The (Alison Bagnall 2011)
Future, The (Miranda July 2011)
Green Wave, The (Ali Samadi Ahadi 2010)
Hands Up (Romain Goupil 2010) R-V 2011
Hospitalité (Koji Fukada 2010) ND/NF
I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (Claude Miller, Nathan Miller 2009) R-V 2010
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve 2010) ND/NF
Journals of Musan, The (Park Jung-bum 2010)
Love in a Puff (Pang Ho-cheung 2010)
Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt 2010) NYFF
Microphone (Ahmad Abdalla 2010) ND/NF
Mill and the Cross, The (Lech Majewski 2010)
My Joy (Sergei Loznitsa 2010) NYFF
Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz 2010) NYFF
On Tour (Tournée, Matthieu Amalric 2010)
Quattro Volte, Le (Michelangelo Frammartino 2010) NYFF
She Monkeys (Linda Aschan 2010)
Silent Souls (Alexei Fedorchenko 2010) NYFF
Something Ventured (Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine 2011)
Sleeping Beauty, The (Catherine Breillat 2010) R-V 2011
Tilva Rosh (Nikola Lesaic 2010)
Tiniest Place, The (Tatiana Huezo 2010)
Useful Life, A (Federico Veiroj 2010)
Tiniest Place, The (Tatiana Huezo 2011)
Walking Too Fast (Vadim Spacek 2009)

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