SFIFF51—SF360 Coverage

I've been meaning to comment for weeks now on the crisp new design of SF360. They've done away with the graded green-to-orange color scheme (thank you!) and are now bylining their features. Congratulations to Susan Gerhard and her SF360 team... More »
  

THE VIOLIN—Interview With Francisco Vargas

Francisco Varga's multi-award winning Mexican drama, The Violin, opens January 11, 2008, in Bay Area theatres (including the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco and the Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley). The Violin, a Film Movement release, runs 98 minutes, is... More »
  

Zodiac REVIEW

Although he's really hit only one bona fide cinematic home run, director David Fincher has managed to become one of the few modern directors worthy of having his last name made into an adjective. “Fincheresque” has come to describe... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

CASA DE AREIA / HOUSE OF SAND—2006 SFIFF Q&A With Andrucha Waddington

House of Sand, which I caught earlier this year at the San Francisco International, is currently in distribution and receiving favorable reviews. I strongly encourage folks to catch this sumptuous, stately film. The Landmark website has Andrucha Waddington's Movienet... More »
  

San Fran Report—Interview with Alicia Scherson

At the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival, I caught up with Chilean director Alicia Scherson (Play) in the hospitality suite and she graciously granted me the following interview.... More »
  

San Fran Report—Interview With Carlos Bolado

During the San Francisco International Film Festival, I caught up with Carlos Bolado (director of Sólo Dios Sabe) in the hospitality suite and he graciously granted me the following interview.... More »
  

San Fran Report: Alice Braga's Introduction and Q&A for Cidade Baixa (Lower City)

Introducing Sérgio Machado's Cidade Baixa / Lower City, Alice Braga—niece of the radiant Sonia Braga—stated, "Sérgio always says when he introduces the film that he and Karim [Ainouz], the co-writer, they wanted to know who were the young people in... More »
  

San Fran Report: Interview with Alice Braga

Alice (pronounced Alicia) Braga has the sweet distinction of having two films screening at this year's festival: Sólo Dios Sabe and Lower City. I caught up with Alice after a screening of Lower City. She was excitedly on her... More »
  

SFIFF Report: Michael Guillen Interviews The Team Behind "Who Killed The Electric Car?"

Here's Michael Guillen with more excellent reporting from the San Francisco International Film Festival ... who knew Dean Devlin had a social conscience? The opening night gala at the Regency with its Perhaps Love circus atmosphere was truly fun!... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: The Dignity of the Nobodies Review

Michael Guillen reports ... The U.S. premiere of Fernando Solanas' The Dignity of the Nobodies is being presented at 2006 SFIFF in association with the United Nations Association Film Festival and Global Exchange. The second in a projected series... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: Obaba Review

Michael Guillen reports ... As Julio Cortazar is one of my favorite South American writers, Antonio Machado remains my favorite Spanish poet. One of my favorite poems of his reads: The eye you see is not An eye because... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: Play Review

Michael Guillen reports ... As I mentioned in my write-up on En la Cama (In Bed), Jorge Morales' FIPRESCI report from the 2005 Havana Film Festival includes a deconstruction of the so-called Nuevo Cine Chileno, and culls out that... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: In Bed (En La Cama) Review

Michael Guillen reports ... Inbetween the festival program capsule previews that woo a filmgoer to attend a film and the critical print reviews that warn a filmgoer to abandon all hope before entering a moviehouse or to rage against... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: La Vita Che Vorrei (The Life I Want) Review

Michael Guillen reports ... By comparison to Perhaps Love, the film-within-a-film love story in Giuseppe Piccioni's La Vita Che Vorrei (The Life I Want) seems downright old-fashioned, yet all the more engaging for it. Even the love theme from... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: Perhaps Love Review

Michael Guillen reports ... Whether through intention or coincidence, the two press screenings this last Thursday—Peter Ho-Sun Chan's Perhaps Love and Giuseppe Piccioni's La Vita Che Vorrei (The Life I Want)—were both love stories structured as films within a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: The Heart of the Game Review

Michael Guillen reports from San Francisco ... I'm so glad that Ruby Rich acknowledges the optimistic heart of Ward Serrill's The Heart of the Game. "It's being described as a hoop dreams for girls, but I don't think that's... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

San Fran Report: Eden Review

Though the San Francisco International Film Festival doesn't begin rolling for another few days we've got a man inside and he's hard at work hitting advance screenings and putting together his thoughts on what's worthwhile and what's not. Big... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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