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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

49th San Francisco International Film Festival Lineup
If you're planning on coming to San Francisco anytime soon, here's a good excuse: the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival announced its lineup yesterday, and it's a doozy. Opening the festival is Perhaps Love, the latest by Hong Kong romantic filmmaker Peter Ho-Sun Chan (Comrades, Almost a Love Story, The Love Letter). And the closer will be Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion. I've seen it and all I can say is that parts of it are as delightful as anything Altman has done, and parts of it resemble his 1994 disaster Pret-a-Porter.

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.
:: posted by Jeffrey M. Anderson, 3/29/2006 Comments (10)
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At 1:19 PM, Blogger hal said...

Hao's picks for the 2006 SF International Film Festival Apr
20-May 4 Andy Lau! Lily Tomlin! Tilda Swinton!
Tickets are $11/10/9 unless otherwise indicated. All shows at the
Kabuki unless otherwise indicated. Tickets on sale to the public
starting Apr 4. Tickets on sale to SF Film Society members as of
today, March 28. :) There are conflicts below, FYI.

Thu Apr 20 7:00PM Perhaps Love (HK: Peter Chan [director of Comrades,
Almost a Love Story], starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jacky Cheung, Zhou
Xun, Ji Jin-Hee). Mayor Gavin Newsom will be presenting the Key to the
City of SF to the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe. $125 VIP/$75/60 at
the Castro
9:30PM Opening Night Party at The Regency Center
Fri Apr 21 9:30PM The Grönholm Method (Spain: Marcelo Piñeyro)
Sat Apr 22 12:00PM The Heart of the Game (USA: Ward Serrill) at the Castro
3:30PM Le Petit Lieutenant (France: Xavier Beauvois)
6:00PM Al Franken: God Spoke (USA: Chris Hegedus) at
the Castro
9:00PM Factotum (Norway: Bent Hamer, starring Matt
Dillon, in attendance)
9:15PM In Bed (Chile: Matías Bize) at the Castro
Sun Apr 23 4:30PM All About Love (HK: Daniel Yu, starring Andy Lau,
in attendance)
6:30PM Cock Byte: Masters of Machinima (USA: Burnie Burns)
7:00PM The Eagle (USA: Clarence Brown, starring
Rudolph Valentino) at the Castro
9:30PM The Wayward Cloud (Taiwan: TSAI MING-LIANG,
starring Lee Kang-sheng)
Mon Apr 24 9:45PM Adam's Apples (Denmark: Anders Jensen, starring
Ulrich Thomsen)
Tue Apr 25 7:30PM An Evening with Guy Maddin (Canada: Guy Maddin, in
9:45PM Iberia (Spain: Carlos Saura)
Wed Apr 26 7:30PM The Wild Blue Yonder (Germany: Werner Herzog, in
attendance) $25/20 at the Castro
9:30PM Princess Raccoon (Japan: Seijun Suzuki,
starring Zhang Ziyi)
Fri Apr 28 7:30PM A Flash of Green (USA: Victor Nunez, starring Ed
Harris, in attendance) $25/20 at the Castro
8:45PM Illumination (France: Pascale Breton)
Sat Apr 29 10:00PM Talk Cinema #3 (surprise screening)
Sat Apr 29 1:00PM Belle de Jour (France: Luis Bunuel, screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carriere in attendance) $25/20
3:15PM The Sun (Russia: Alexander Sokurov)
4:00PM Gubra (Malaysia: Yasmin Ahmad, followup to Sepet)
Sat Apr 29 5:30PM The State of Cinema Address by Tilda Swinton (in attendance)
Sat Apr 29 8:00PM Romance & Cigarettes (USA: John Turturro, who will
be coming with either James Gandolfini or Steve Buscemi)
9:30PM Three Times (Taiwan: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN)
11:30PM The Descent (England: Neil Marshall)
Sun Apr 30 10:00PM Member Screening
1:00PM Look Both Ways (Australia: Sarah Watt)
3:15PM Northeast (Argentina: Juan Solanas)
Mon May 1 7:00PM The Dignity of the Nobodies (Argentina: Fernando
Solanas) at the Aquarius in PALO ALTO
Tue May 2 7:00PM Backstage (France: Emmanuelle Bercot, actresses
Emmanuelle Segnier (Roman Polanski's wife, from Ninth Gate with Johnny
Depp, and Isild Le Besco, in attendace) $50VIP/$25/20
9:30PM Zoom! Party at Roe
Wed May 3 7:30PM Manslaughter (Denmark: Per Fly, followup to Inheritance)
Thu May 4 7:00PM A Prairie Home Companion (USA: Robert Altman,
starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones,
John C Reilly, Lindsay Lohan, Lily Tomlin, and Woody Harrelson. Robert
Altman and Lily Tomlin will be in attendance) $125 VIP/$75/60 $20/15
at the Castro
9:30PM Closing Night Party at Mezzanine

Wed Apr 26 11:30PM Drawing Restraint 9 (USA: Matthew Barney, starring Bjork) By the way, if 11:30pm is too late for y'all on a school night, we will be able to see Drawing Restraint 9 at the MOMA show coming up in June
Tue May 2 10PM A Scanner Darkly (USA: Richard Linklater, starring Keanu Reeves) a preview screening of the first 20-minutes of A Scanner Darkly. discussion program with Tommy Pallotta, producer of the Rick Linklater films Waking Life and, most recently, A Scanner Darkly

Also recommended:
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Philippines: Auraeus Solito)
Iron Island (Iran: Mohammad Rasoulof)
The Lost Domain (France: Raoul Ruíz, starring Grégoire Colin)
Lower City (Brazil: Sérgio Machado)
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Canada: Sam Dunn)
October 17, 1961 (France: Alain Tasma)
Seeds of Doubt (Germany: Samir Nasr)
The Shutka Book of Records (Czech Republic: Aleksandar Manic)
Underground Game (Brazil: Roberto Gervitz)
Viva Cuba (Cuba: Juan Malberti)
Workingman's Death (Austria: Michael Glawogger)
You Are My Sunshine (South Korea: Park Jin-Pyo)

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