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WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 through SUNDAY APRIL 21 SPECIAL EVENT

2019 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Tickets and full info at sffilm.org/festival

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Centerpiece Film: THE FAREWELL 7:30 An ebullient tale that both celebrates and gently satirizes Chinese cultural traditions, The Farewell is impossible to resist for many reasons. Chief among them is the irrepressible Awkwafina (a breakthrough in Crazy Rich Asians, 2018), a broke Asian-American artist off to China to join her family to say goodbye to her dying grandmother. Except no one is willing to tell grandma she is sick – and to complete the ruse they force her male cousin to get married to a bewildered Japanese woman to explain why this zany family is getting back together at all.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Warpaint: Live Score + Films by Maya Daren 8:00 Join us for a one-time-only special event with live music by LA-based rockers Warpaint, who will perform an original score to a curated selection of short films. Warpaint’s live score will accompany four short films by groundbreaking avant-garde legend Maya Deren, including some of her most beloved works.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

THE ELEPHANT QUEEN 12:00 When a long drought disrupts the Tsavo Region’s fragile ecosystem, a herd of elephants is forced to make a perilous migration to seek a sustainable water source. Living and filming in Kenya for over four years, directors Stone and Deeble achieve a level of breathtaking intimacy with their subjects, placing the audience directly into the heart of this family of gentle giants.

LORO 3:00 Director Paolo Sorrentino and actor Toni Servillo (Il Divo, 2008; The Great Beauty, 2013) continue their rich cinematic collaboration and imaginative evisceration of current Italian politics and society with this fictionalized portrait of Silvio Berlusconi. Set in the late 2000s, the film follows an ambitious hustler with political aspirations from his provincial city to Sardinia where he hopes to catch the attention of the media mogul and former Prime Minister.

ECHO IN THE CANYON 8:30 Celebrating 50 years since musicians migrated to Laurel Canyon, musician Jakob Dylan takes to the stage, presenting new renditions of classic songs. With performances by Fiona Apple, Beck, and Regina Spektor, accompanied by interviews with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, David Crosby, Michelle Phillips, and Tom Petty, the film offers a first-hand account of the scene and the talent that continues to inspire musicians today. Following the screening and Q&A, Jakob Dylan and his band will take to the Castro stage and perform a set of songs from the Laurel Canyon era.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

ASK DR. RUTH 3:00 Petite sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer has made a name for herself dishing honest and upfront advice, promising the best sex you have ever had, if you just listen.

But for a woman who is so open to others, she has been somewhat reserved about her own emotions and history. Exploring everything from the hardships she experienced as a child–including growing up during the Holocaust–to her career-defining time as a radio talk show host, Ask Dr. Ruth captures the joyous energy that she still exudes at 90.

Closing Night Film: OFFICIAL SECRETS 8:00 Gavin Hood’s rousing and riveting new film tells the true story of whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley at her most impassioned), a British woman working for UK’s intelligence service, monitoring foreign correspondence. Morally distressed by a confidential staff email about coercing small countries to vote for a UN Iraq War resolution, she leaks the email to the British press and, after her identity is revealed, she is charged with treason.

 
     
   


MONDAY APRIL 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD in 3-D 2:30, 7:00 BUY TICKETS
On the centenary of the end of First World War, filmmaker Peter Jackson presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it. Using state of the art technology, archival images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday. Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war. (2018, 132 min, DCP)

+ GALLIPOLI 4:50, 9:20
Mark Lee and Mel Gibson star as idealistic Australian enlistees in World War I, who then face the harsh realities and the futility of war, culminating in the disastrous Battle of the Nek against the Turks during the Dardanelles Campaign. Full of unforgettable imagery and stirring adventure, Peter Weir’s film is both one of the cinema's best anti-war tracts and a poignant meditation on the nature of friendship. Featuring the music of Jean-Michel Jarre. (1981, 110 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


TUESDAY APRIL 23 JACKIE CHAN DOUBLE FEATURE

POLICE STORY 7:00 BUY TICKETS
The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan’s breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy, a smash hit that made him a worldwide icon of daredevil action spectacle. The director/star/one-man stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector who goes rogue to bring down a drug kingpin and protect the case’s star witness (Chinese cinema legend Brigitte Lin) from retribution. Packed wall-to-wall with charmingly goofball slapstick and astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography—including an epic shopping-mall melee of flying fists and shattered glass—Police Story set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that would influence a generation of filmmakers from Hong Kong to Hollywood. (1985, in Cantonese with English subtitles, 100 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ POLICE STORY 2 8:50
Chan followed up the massive success of Police Story with an even bigger box-office hit. Having been demoted to a lowly traffic cop for his, ahem, unorthodox policing methods, Chan’s go-it-alone officer Ka-Kui quits the force in protest. But it isn’t long before he’s back in action, racing the clock to stop a band of serial bombers and win back his much-put-upon girlfriend May (the phenomenal Maggie Cheung, reprising her star-making role). Boasting epic explosions, an awesomely 1980s electro soundtrack, and a showstopping finale—which turns an abandoned warehouse into a life-size pinball machine of cascading oil drums, collapsing scaffolds, and shooting fireworks—Police Story 2 confirmed Chan’s status as a performer of unparalleled grace and daring. (1988, in Cantonese with English subtitles, 122 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 TAYLOR & BURTON DOUBLE FEATURE

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 7:00 BUY TICKETS
Mike Nichols’ feature directorial debut charts a volatile night in the life of resigned professor and his denigrating wife. Their cocktail party with a young couple becomes a searing event of vicious verbal backbiting, disclosed secrets, alcoholic indulgence and bizarre fantasies. Richard Burton is magnificent and Taylor’s towering portrayal won her a second Oscar in this corrosive adaptation of Edward Albee’s play. Sandy Dennis and George Segal co-star. (1966, 131 min, DCP)

+ BOOM! 9:20
Taylor ups her ante playing a foul-mouthed, booze-swilling, pill-popping, terminally ill woman looking forward to the end of it all, until self-proclaimed poet Burton mysteriously washes ashore of her secluded island hideaway. A totally bizarre cinematic experience, director Joseph Losey puts his stamp on Tennessee Williams’ own adaptation of his The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here. Joanna Shimkus and Noel Coward co-star. (1968, 112 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


THURSDAY APRIL 25 DOUBLE FEATURE

MULHOLLAND DRIVE 7:00 BUY TICKETS
Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. (2001, 146 min, 35mm)

+ L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER 4:50, 9:35
Five years before Possession, Polish emigré Andrzej Żuławski crafted this equally intense and dazzling study of amour fou. Romy Schneider (in a César-winning turn) stars as an aging Parisian actress slumming in seedy B films who falls in with photographer Fabio Testi and phases out cinéphile beau Jacques Dutronc in the process. Featuring Klaus Kinski as a cracked actor and music by Georges Delerue (echoing his score for Contempt), Żuławski’s lost masterpiece, a cult favorite on the Z Channel, finally comes to U.S. theaters in its original French-language version. –Quad Cinema (1975, with English subtitles, 109 min, DCP)

 
     
   


FRIDAY APRIL 26 SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$11)

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Sing-Along Fri 8:00 BUY TICKETS

*ACADEMY AWARD WINNER for BEST ACTOR, FILM EDITING, SOUND EDITING, SOUND MIXING
*GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER for BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTOR

Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Sara Moore
The Queen biopic has become a bona fide worldwide sensation, becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, winning Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor. Now, the Castro Theatre invites you to keep playing that radio gaga with the release of the new sing-along version of Bohemian Rhapsody. Join in on the grandest karaoke session of the year! Costume contest! Goody bags! We will rock you! (2018, full program runs approx. 150 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY APRIL 27 SPECIAL EVENT

UGO TOGNAZZI - A FILM SERIES

Presented by Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute and the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco. Organized by Cinema Italia San Francisco. For our ninth program at the Castro Theatre, we are proud to present Italian icon Ugo Tognazzi. As an actor, director and screenwriter, Tognazzi performed in over 150 films in the Golden Age of Italian Cinema. Together with Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi and Nino Manfredi, Ugo Tognazzi invented and popularized the commedia all'italiana, a genre mixing comedy and melancholy, that swept the box office in Italy from 1960 to 1970.

PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT (LA PROPRIETA NON E PIU UN FURTO) 10:00 AM
In the early 1970s, the revolutionary Red Brigade waged its terrifying campaign to bring down Italy through kidnappings, murders, and bank robberies. Elio Petri made this proto-giallo, Brechtian satire about a neurotic bank clerk (Bucci) who commits to a Marxist life of thievery, choosing as his principal target a client known as The Butcher (Tognazzi). (1973, 127 min, Italy, 35mm from Luce Cinecittà)

TRAGEDY OF A RIDICULOUS MAN (LA TRAGEDIA DI UN UOMO RIDICOLO) 12:45 PM
Tognazzi gives the performance of his career as the impotent, “ridiculous” man in Bertolucci’s extraordinary late-period film, about the anguished relationship between a failing industrialist and his son, who is kidnapped by left-wing terrorists under mysterious circumstances. (1981, 116 min, Italy, 35mm from Luce Cinecittà)

IN THE NAME OF THE ITALIAN PEOPLE (IN NOME DEL POPOLO ITALIANO) 3:30 PM
Set in early 1970s Rome, a city of rotting garbage and moral decay, this rarely screened piece of political buffoonery stars Vittorio Gassman as a vainglorious industrialist who would sooner commit his father to an insane asylum than face charges in the murder of a young girl. His foil, played by Ugo Tognazzi, is the cynically bemused magistrate bent on holding him accountable not only for this sordid crime, but for the venal sins of an entire populace. (1971, 102 min, Italy, 35mm from Luce Cinecittà)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (BIRDS OF A FEATHER) 6:30 PM
An international blockbuster that begat two sequels and a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, La Cage was adapted from Jean Poiret’s warm-and-winning stage farce about a pair of aging queens—Renato, owner of a scandalous St. Tropez nightclub (Tognazzi), and Albin (Serrault), his transvestite “roommate”—who, through a series of exquisitely timed comic set pieces, attempt to conceal their gay “lifestyle” from the ultraconservative soon-to-be in-laws of Renato’s son. (1978, 97 min, France/Italy, 35 mm print courtesy of Park Circus)

LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) 10:00 PM
A pilot (Marcello Mastroianni), a cook (Ugo Tognazzi), a TV star (Michel Piccoli) and a judge decide to gorge themselves to death on fine cuisine. Ferreri’s notorious orgy of Rabelaisian appetites brings together some of Europe’s greatest actors for a defiantly scatological Last Supper. (1973, 129 min, France/Italy, 35mm from Luce Cinecittà)

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SUNDAY APRIL 28 SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$11)

MARY POPPINS Sing Along 2:30 BUY TICKETS

For those of you not yet converted, the Mary Poppins Sing Along is a screening of the classic Walt Disney musical complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest! The film stars Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, and Ed Wynn; directed by Robert Stevenson. (1964, full program runs approx. 160 mins, DCP)

 
     
   


SUNDAY APRIL 28 SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$11)

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Sing-Along Sun 7:00 BUY TICKETS

*ACADEMY AWARD WINNER for BEST ACTOR, FILM EDITING, SOUND EDITING, SOUND MIXING
*GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER for BEST PICTURE, BEST ACTOR

Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Sara Moore
The Queen biopic has become a bona fide worldwide sensation, becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, winning Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor. Now, the Castro Theatre invites you to keep playing that radio gaga with the release of the new sing-along version of Bohemian Rhapsody. Join in on the grandest karaoke session of the year! Costume contest! Goody bags! We will rock you! (2018, full program runs approx. 150 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


MONDAY APRIL 29 DOUBLE FEATURE -- BRUNO GANZ (1941-2019)

WINGS OF DESIRE 7:00 NEW 4K RESTORATION! BUY TICKETS
Wim Wenders’s first German film after eight years in America is about guardian angels over Berlin who listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Narrated from the perspective of the angels, who see the world in black and white, the film has achieved cult status around the world. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds appear in concert and Peter Falk co-stars as himself. (1987, in German, French and English with English subtitles, 128 min, 4K DCP)

+ THE AMERICAN FRIEND 9:20
In this gripping adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game, and unlikely friendship develops between terminally ill frame maker Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz) and unscrupulous art smuggler Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper), who learns of Zimmermann’s illness and exploits it for his own murderous purposes. The cast includes not only fellow directors Hopper and Gérard Blain but also filmmakers in many of the supporting roles of gangsters, such as Hollywood legends Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray. (1977, in German, English, and French, with English subtitles, 126 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


TUESDAY APRIL 30 DOUBLE FREAKOUT

SUSPIRIA 7:30 THE UNCUT 4K RESTORATION! BUY TICKETS
The story's as simple as a fairy tale, as American innocent Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) is caught up in the increasingly sinister goings-on at an elite European dance academy. But director Dario Argento delivers the goods with lush, terrifying style, crafting one of the greatest and most genuinely unsettling horror movies ever made. This new digital restoration crisply renders Argento's unsurpassed, cruelly beautiful visuals with clarity and verve, and the pounding, ritualistic score by Goblin registers as powerfully as ever. (1977, 98 min, 4K DCP ‘Scope)

+ CLIMAX 9:20
From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of collective psychedelic meltdown. A troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following a spellbinding opening performance sequence, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that descends into horrific delirium as the dancers discover they've been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) leads the cast, joined by professional dancers/non-professional actors, who improvised extensively throughout the 15-day shoot. Based on a true incident, Climax is Noé's most brazen and visionary statement yet. (2018, 96 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
 
 
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