In-between, the festival will unfurl works from such world masters as Terry Zwigoff's Art School Confidential, Seijun Suzuki's Princess Raccoon, Phillippe Garrel's Regular Lovers, Abbas Kiarostami's new short film Roads of Kiarostami, Alexander Sokurov's The Sun, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times (one of the year's best films), Tsai Ming-liang's The Wayward Cloud and a series of short films by Guy Maddin.
The festival pays tribute to director Werner Herzog with the new The Wild Blue Yonder, actor Ed Harris with A Flash of Green (1984) and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere with Belle de Jour (1967). And the lovely Tilda Swinton provides the annual State of Cinema address.
Other interesting films include the documentary Al Franken: God Spoke, several short films programs including works by Jay Rosenblatt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Stephen King, Sam Green and Don McKellar, Masahiro Kobayashi's Bashing, the new horror film The Descent, Factotum with Matt Dillon as Charles Bukowski, Carlos Saura's Iberia, Raul Ruiz's The Lost Domain, Iron Island from Iran and Alain Tasma's drama October 17, 1961.
Finally, the festival will be screening a few great classics: Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925), with a live score by the Alloy Orchestra, and a restored print of Hal Roach's comedy Turnabout (1940). In addition the Alloy Orchestra will provide music for several shorts, including Buster Keaton's great One Week (1920).
That's my checklist, but there are several dozen others. The festival runs April 20 through May 4 at various San Francisco venues.
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