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    MOTHER'S INSTINCT/DUELLES (Olivier Masset-Dupasse 2018)

    Stylish Sirk/Hitchcock mix from Belgian is cast as a psychological thriller, or is it a dark comedy? It has has taut action & lovely images but can't quite find its tone. Great production, appropriate (if over-insistent) Mernard Hermann-esque score.

    SFFILM showtimes:
    Sun, Apr 21 at 7:30 pm - Victoria Theatre
    Tue, Apr 23 at 8:45 pm - Victoria Theatre

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    RED JOAN TRevor Nunn 2018)

    This film about the "nanny spy," the woman who gave the atom bomb secrets to Russia and was only found out when she was an old lady, stars Judi Dench, but consists largely of flashbacks. A good story that goes somewhat limp in this version. Now in Landmark theaters.

    SFFILM showtime Sat, Apr 13 at 4:00 pm at the Castro Theatre

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    RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS (JaniceEngel 2018)

    Doc about the firebrand progressive lady journalist from Texas who delighted in socking it to the good ole' boys.
    I did not know she has alcohol problems, and was six feet tall. She was also very smart and very articulate on speaking platforms.

    SFFIOLM showtimes (EVENTS HAVE PASSED)
    Sat, Apr 13 at 1:00 pm - BAMPFA
    Sun, Apr 14 at 7:00 pm - Victoria Theatre

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    SUBURBAN BIRDS 郊区 的 鸟 (Qiu Sheng 2018)


    This too has passed. Reviewed at ND/NF. A subtle, unusual film about magic, memory, and time. It is having some theatrical releases, so watch for it if it sounds cool to you.

    SFFILM showtime:s
    Thu, Apr 11 at 6:00 pm - Roxie Theater (EVENT HAS PASSED)
    Fri, Apr 19 at 9:00 pm - Roxie Theater


    It will also be showing at Roxie Theater starting May 10.
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 04-20-2019 at 05:22 PM.

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    TEHRAN: CITY OF LOVE (Ali Jaberansari 2018)

    Debut by an Iranian filmmaker focuses on a body building champion, an overweight receptionist in a beauty salon, and a funeral singer, and takes its outlook not from Panahi, Kiarastomi, or Farhadi, but Kiarasmaaki or Roy Anderssen. Very in control of what he is doing.

    SFFILM showtimes:
    Tue, Apr 16 at 6:00 pm - Roxie Theater
    Wed, Apr 17 at 9:15 pm - SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater
    Thu, Apr 18 at 6:00 pm - Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

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    TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders 2019)

    An "American Masters" film coming to PBS. Largely narrated by Morrison herself talking into the camera, with lots of very good images to illustrate.

    SFFILM showtimes:
    Sun, Apr 14 at 1:00 pm - Victoria Theatre - (EVENT HAS PASSED)
    Sat, Apr 20 at 7:30 pm - Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

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    WALKING ON WATER (Andrey Paounov 2018)

    A doc about Christo's Floating Piers project in Italy (2016) with his nephew Vladimir replacing the deceased Jeanne-Claude as second in command, and maybe not quite up to the level of the now also deceased Mayslies brothers, but related in style.

    SFFILM showtimes:
    Sat, Apr 13 at 1:30 pm - SFMOMA
    Fri, Apr 19 at 3:00 pm - Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

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    Two or three reviews have yet to be written but here are the links to my whole SFILM 2019 coverage as the festival is in its last three days.

    SFFILM: San Francisco Film Festival April 10-23, 2019

    FESTIVAL COVERAGE THREAD THREAD



    LINKS TO THE REVIEWS
    Asako I & II/寝ても覚めても (Ryusuke Hamaguchi 2018) NYFF
    Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White 2019)
    Beast in the Jungle, The (Clara van Gool 2018)
    Belmonte (Federico Veiroj 2018)
    Chambermaid, The /La camarista (Lila Avilés 2018)
    Close Enemies/Frères ennemis (David Oelhoffen 2018)
    Faithful Man, A/L'homme fidèle (Louis Garrel 2018) NYFF
    First Night Nerves/八個女人一台戲 (Stanley Kwan 2018)
    The Harvesters (Etienne Kallos 2018)
    Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov 2018) ND/NF
    In My Room (Ulrich Köhler 2018)
    Load, The/Teret (Ognjen Glavonić 2018) ND/NF
    Loro (Paolo Sorrentino 2018)
    Midnight Traveler (Hassan Fazili 2019)
    Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Stanley Nelson 2018)
    Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen 2019) ND/NF
    Monos (Alejandro Landes 2018) ND/NF
    Mothers’ Instinct/Duelles (Olivier Masset-Depasse 2018)
    Ramen Shop/情牽拉麵茶 (Eric Khoo 2018)
    Red Joan (Trevor Nunn 2018)
    Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins
    Suburban Birds/ 郊区 的 鸟 (Qiu Sheng 2018) ND/NF
    Tehran: City of Love (Ali Jaberansari 2018)
    Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders 2019)
    Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov 2018)
    We Believe in Dinosaurs (Clayton Brown, Monica Long Ross 2018)
    Winter’s Night/ 겨울밤에 (Jang Woo-jin 2018)


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    WE BELIEVE IN DINOSAURS (Clayton Brown, Monica Long Ross 2018)

    In Kentucky, an Australian named Ken Ham has organized and raised money for a huge museum of Creationism and a giant "model" of Noah's Ark - to prove his Christian fundamentalist, young Earth creationist views are "true" and to mount a well-organized campaign to proselytize and organize the 38% of the US population that believes that God created humans in their present form less than 10,000 years ago and that the Bible is scientific truth. A handful of opponents are presented here as well as the big accomplishments of Ken Ham, who finds Kentucky fertile ground.

    SFFILM showtimes:
    Sat, Apr 13 at 2:00 pm - Dolby Cinema (EVENT HAS PASSED)
    Mon, Apr 15 at 3:00 pm - Roxie Theater (EVENT HAS PASSED)
    Sun, Apr 21 at 2:00 pm - Grand Lake Theatre

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    SFFILM 2019 Awards.


    GGA New Directors Award winner: The Chambermaid, Lila Avilés (Mexico/USA)
    • Receives $10,000 cash prize

    {My Filmeaf review (only a short one because it's "hold review") HERE)
    In awarding this top prize, the jury stated, “This film drew us into its character’s claustrophobic world with precision, sophistication, restraint, and warmth. A devastating portrait of a working class woman who gradually challenges her circumstances, this young filmmaker creates unbearable tension from ordinary, overlooked moments. And yet there’s joy, too, and above all the beautiful dignity of its lead actress, Gabriela Cartol, and the co-workers who complicate her days.”
    Special Jury Mention, New Directors: Suburban Birds, Qiu Sheng (China/Taiwan)
    (My review, from New Directors/New Films, HERE.)
    The jury gave special attention to Suburban Birds as “a film that is all contradictions. It’s hypnotic and punk rock, languid and jerky. If that weren’t weird enough, it’s an art film made by a visionary with an engineering degree, and captures the atmosphere of a rapidly developing country that is currently swallowing independent voices in a metaphorical sinkhole.”
    McBaine Documentary Feature Award Winner: Midnight Traveler Hassan Fazili (USA/Qatar/Canada/UK)
    • Receives $10,000 cash prize


    (My review of Midnight Traveler HERE.)
    The jury described the Feature Award winner as “an incredible document that is beautiful and compelling. A true achievement of filmmaking and parenting.”
    McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature Award: The Seer And The Unseen, Sara Dosa (USA/Iceland)
    • Receives $5,000 cash prize

    (We have no coverage of this film.)
    The jury applauded Dosa’s film as “a novel approach to belief systems and their power to shape our physical world.”
    There are also short film awards. We have no short film coverage.

    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 04-21-2019 at 11:07 PM.

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    WINTER'S NIGHT/ 겨울밤에 (Jang Wu-jin 2018)

    A delicate, partly surreal, wintry study of youth and age, a fifty-ish couple revisiting the site where they first fell in love, filled with disappointment and a sense of loss. I think, a great advance over his previous, second feture, which I reviewed at ND/NF 2017, and with a very rich performance by Seo Young-hwa.

    SFFILM showtimes were:
    Fri, Apr 12 at 6:00 pm - Creativity Theater
    Sun, Apr 14 at 5:30 pm - Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
    Mon, Apr 15 at 8:30 pm - The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum

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