Moments: Film Talks at SFIFF 59

Critical film moments and moments in film history were the subjects du jour in this year’s cinema talks at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In his State of the Cinema address, New York Times’ Wesley Morris cites the precise moment which radicalized the actor Sidney Poitier: the “slap back” moment in 1967’s In the…

SFIFF 59: Home Care and Five Nights in Maine

The care of the self and the care of others are frequently at odds. Where does the care of the self end and the care for others begin? Are they inextricable from each other? Are they one and the same? What is selfish and what is selfless? Home Care and Five Nights in Maine (currently playing…

SF International Film Festival 59: Leonine Films Picks

Whit Stillman meets Jane Austen in Love and Friendship…David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest duke it out (emotionally) in Five Nights in Maine…Aliens turns 30…Kiyoshi Kurosawa travels between love and the afterlife in Journey to the Shore…Chantal Akerman and her mother explore a delicate relationship in No Home Movie…Anna Rose Holmer packs a punch with her…

SFIFF 57: Persistence of Vision Award/Isaac Julien

The last time I attended the POV award ceremony at the San Francisco International Film Festival was for Matthew Barney, whose work continues to infuriate and fascinate me in equal measure. However, I appreciate his use of movement and choreography in his time-based work: as a former athlete and dancer, he knows how to use…

SFIFF57: In brief

Nothing like Isabelle Huppert to start off a festival, so on a very successful and busy Friday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival I went to see Serge Bozon’s latest, Tip Top, a clever, funny, surreal and very French police procedural which covers grand themes: love, sex, pain, and fidelity. Sitting in the…

SFiFF57: The Blue Wave by Zeynep Dadak & Merve Kayan

This film is the anti-Mean Girls: in a media landscape saturated with films and TV shows about women and girls fighting it out for men and prestige, Blue Wave is refreshing in its attitude. Whether they deliberately intended to or not, filmmakers Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan have created a film which is feminist in…