By David Lewis Published 10:25 pm CDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 With its powerhouse lineup of insightful documentaries and provocative feature films, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has consistently been one of the smartest Bay Area festivals around. The 38th version of the event is no exception, and moviegoers will have a chance to view the films at venues throughout the region, including the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the CineArts in Palo Alto, the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland, the Albany Twin in Albany, and the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Here are some highlights: The Interpreter: This road trip Holocaust movie pairs an uptight Slovak interpreter, whose parents died during the war, with a jovial man whose father was the Nazi officer responsible for their deaths. It’s a complex, formidable film about friendship and the scars of war — and it manages to be funny, dramatic, poignant and haunting. A twist at the end is … [Read more...] about Don’t miss these smart, powerful movies at SF Jewish Film Festival
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The 9th annual edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival recently announced its lineup and it looks great once again. The festival takes place between June 21st and 29th this year, and features some of the most exciting and promising new features from India, Bangladesh, the US, and more among its selections. Check out the press release in the gallery below, followed by some Screen Anarchy picks from among those we've already seen along with some that we are really looking forward to checking out. The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2018 The Female Eye & Extraordinary Lives The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is a cinematic treasure trove of carefully curated premieres of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi independent films, offering rare glimpses into some of the billion plus lives in the sub-continent. Now in its ninth year it expands out in three cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester. The programme of dramas, … [Read more...] about London Indian Film Festival Announces Awesome 2018 Line-Up!
Omotenashi, the latest drama from Taiwanese-American filmmaker Jay Chern (Dawn/Spring, Warmth), and Maren Hwang’s debut thriller, Xiao Mei, have been announced as the opening films of the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival, which will run from 19 March to 5th April 2018. Closing the festival is the world premiere of Yoji Yamada’s ensemble comedy What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life. Featuring over 250 films from more than 55 countries, the festival has always been the cinematic highpoint of the year in Hong Kong, but it cannot go unnoticed how few locally-produced films are playing this year, and the notable scarcity of world premieres. That said, this year’s lineup include some impressive highlights, including Master Classes with Tsai Ming-liang, to accompany his VR experiential film The Deserted, German filmmaker Werner Herzog and Japanese documentarian Hara Kazuo, together with screenings of many of their films. Local premieres of festival … [Read more...] about OMOTENASHI, XIAO MEI to Open 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival, Full Lineup and Schedule Revealed
World cinema's leading soccer-aficionado Corneliu Porumboiu fumbles his second attempt at tackling the beautiful game with the Berlinale-premiering Infinite Football (Fotbal infinit). Admirers of the Romanian auteur and/or sporting esoterica are the most likely to get a kick out of this 70-minute portrait of a minor government official who dreams up elaborate ways of revolutionizing a very simple sport.In terms of documentary form, it's much more conventional and accessible than its demandingly conceptual, critically acclaimed 2014 predecessor The Second Game. But even taking into account the Berlinale-premiered film's timely arrival in the year of a World Cup, the philosophically-minded miniature will struggle to break out of the festival circuit — where plentiful play is guaranteed on the back of Porumboiu's name.The writer-director made a spectacularly accomplished feature-length debut at the height of the Romanian New Wave with 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006), then garnered … [Read more...] about ‘Infinite Football’ (‘Fotbal infinit’): Film Review | Berlin 2018
The 23rd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris in Lithuania will open with French director Xavier Legrand’s Custody. The family drama picked up prizes across Europe last year including the Silver Lion for best director at Venice Film Festival and the audience award at San Sebastian.Running from March 15-29, the festival will show features across five sections: Festival favourites; Discoveries; Critics’ choice; Masters; and retrospectives of 1930s French director Jean Vigo and Lithuanian classics about childhood. It is Lithuania’s largest cinema event; last year’s festival had over 100,000 attendees.Also screening at Kino Pavasaris are Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent; Robin Campillo’s Cannes-winning BPM (Beats Per Minute); Iram Haq’s What Will People Say which won audience awards at AFI and Goteborg Film Festival; and Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer And The Jailbird starring … [Read more...] about Vilnius Film Festival to open with Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’