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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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

Opening Night: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN’S TALES OF THE CITY 7:00 WORLD PREMIERE

Inspired by the books of Armistead Maupin, Netflix Original Series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City begins a new chapter in the beloved story. Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), 20 years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) and her chosen family, the residents of 28 Barbary Lane.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Q BALL 7:00 WORLD PREMIERE Across the Bay from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is another Warriors team, one that plays only home games. Felony convictions derailed the lives of the San Quentin Prison squad, some of them promising players. The rocky road to rehabilitation is the point of the game in this eye-opening, inspirational documentary, executive produced by Kevin Durant, who calls his experience playing against San Quentin “unforgettable.” Q Ball‘s focus is on determined men grappling indelibly with the gravity of their crimes and reaching for redemption.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

John C. Reilly: Tribute + THE SISTERS BROTHERS 7:00 Join us for a very special onstage tribute and conversation with performer John C. Reilly, in which he will go in-depth on his work, notable collaborations, and more. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Reilly’s recent film The Sisters Brothers co-starring Joaquin Phoenix and Riz Ahmed.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

Shorts 6: Family Films 10am Sometimes the key to growing up is staying young at heart. These inventive and touching stories imagine unsuspecting friendships and clever innovations, while capturing the joy and sadness universal to all. Works range from new student work to Academy Award and Emmy-nominated shorts, represented by noted studios like Cartoon Saloon and Google Spotlight Stories.

WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS 1:00 The Radical Monarchs are an Oakland-based leadership development troop, specifically for girls of color, that doesn’t award badges for cookie sales but rather for social justice, activism, and “allyship.” This is a free program. Registration required. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Content advisory: Brief adult language.

RED JOAN 4:00 Legendary theater director Trevor Nunn and the incomparable Judi Dench combine their efforts to tell a riveting espionage thriller with the ethics of science at its core. Dench plays Joan, arrested late in life for her activities as a spy during Britain’s quest to become an atomic power. Once a promising scientist brought into the nation’s war efforts, young Joan (played by Kingsman’s Sophie Cookson) is horrified by the information she inadvertently absorbs and is ultimately swayed by a German Communist rake and his magnetic sister into passing along secrets to the Soviet Union.

KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE 7:30 “We met a machine with a movement,” says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th District), and thank goodness director Rachel Lears was there to capture it. Profiling four women (including AOC) of disparate backgrounds running grassroots political campaigns against established male incumbents, Lears depicts a fundamental moment when these (and other) remarkable women reminded the country that people really do have the power.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

PHOTOGRAPH 12:00 This powerfully romantic and gently comedic film from India comes from the same director as the cult hit The Lunchbox (2013). It quietly traces the story of a street photographer who convinces an upper-class girl he meets at a tourist site to pose as his fiancée so that his earthy grandmother, soon to arrive from the countryside, stops pressuring him to get married. Director Ritesh Batra is reunited here with the magnetic actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, among the most interesting and intriguing presences in global cinema.

Laura Dern: Tribute + TRIAL BY FIRE 3:30 Join us for a very special onstage tribute and conversation with actor, producer and activist Laura Dern, in which she will go in-depth on her work and career. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Dern’s upcoming film Trial by Fire co-starring Jack O’Connell and directed by Edward Zwick.

AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY 7:30 WORLD PREIMERE Ai Weiwei, famous for his large-scale installation work and his dogged social justice advocacy, created a career-defining work in 2015 with @Large, mounted at Alcatraz, the emblematic site associated with egregious incarceration conditions and radical Native American protest. In her impassioned and powerful film, exhibition curator Cheryl Haines visits several current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and learns how these letters were vital to their survival.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

BOOKSMART 7:30 On the eve of their high school graduation, driven students Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) realize they’ve excelled at academics and failed at fun. They plan to erase that mistake by stuffing four years of hijinks into one wild night. In her feature directing debut, actress Olivia Wilde offers a lively, uproarious, and fresh take on the teen comedy that balances hilarity with genuine heart.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

PROJECT GUTERBERG 7:30 Kinetic action and a mind-bending plot highlight this star-studded film about a counterfeiting network directed by Infernal Affairs (2002) writer Felix Chong. The film begins in the mid-’90s as detectives extradite Lee Man (Aaron Kwok) from a Thai prison. They believe he can assist in their search for his rumored associate, a mysterious mastermind named Painter (Chow Yun-fat). Unfolding in vivid flashbacks, Project Gutenberg unveils Lee’s history with the expert counterfeiter and their quest to make a perfect replica of the $100 bill, up to the breathtaking reveal of Painter’s final and most masterful forgery.

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.

 
     
   


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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WEDNESDAY MAY 1 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 5

SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

San Francisco Silent Film Festival celebrates 24 years presenting silent-era films with live musical accompaniment! The festival features five glorious days of dazzling silent-era movies set to extraordinary music by a diverse group of musicians from around the world. The festival opens and closes with new restorations of Buster Keaton classics The Cameraman and Our Hospitality! This year’s program features many new film restorations, including one by SFSFF in partnership with Photoplay Productions, Clarence Brown’s thrilling Mendocino set The Signal Tower. Films from ten countries will be represented—Bali, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Sweden, US, and the USSR—and will be accompanied by more than forty extraordinary musicians. Don't miss this truly unique live cinema experience!

Ticket Url http://bit.ly/SFSFF2019_Tickets
Website http://silentfilm.org/

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Another Planet presents
LOVETT OR LEAVE IT
Doors 7:00, Show 8:00

Lovett or Leave It is a wildly popular, critically beloved and deeply sexy podcast hosted by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett. Each week, he's joined by comedians, journalists, activists, elected officials, actors (not annoying ones), and musicians to break down the latest news, quiz the audience, and mock the endless frustrations and absurdities of our broken political nightmare factory.

Jon Lovett is a former presidential speechwriter, as well as a TV writer, podcast host, and straight shooter WIDELY respected on both sides. In 2017, he founded Crooked Media with Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, to build a progressive media network with shows, analysis, and sweet, sweet content that informs, entertains, and inspires action. There, he co-hosts “Pod Save America” and hosts “Lovett or Leave It,” two of the most popular political podcasts in the country. Before Crooked, he served as a presidential speechwriter in the Obama White House, co-created a comedy on NBC called “1600 Penn” (which was cancelled after one perfect season), and wrote speeches for Hillary Clinton. Jon was also once named “Washington’s funniest celebrity” before he left the nation’s capital forever.

 
 
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