BIG NIGHTS by hedongchenchen

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									BIG NIGHTS



SpecIal Gala ScreeNINGS aNd eveNTS




56	   Opening	Night:	Golden	Door
57	   Midnight	Awards
58	   Film	Society	Awards	Night
59	   Centerpiece:	Delirious
60	   Closing	Night:	La	Vie	en	Rose




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              Golden door
              NuovomoNdo




              Italy/France
              2006
                                                                    Emanuele Crialese’s extraordinary allegorical epic opens in
                                                                    an age of superstition, in a forsaken corner of the Sicilian        oPenInG nIGht
              112 mIn.                                              countryside, as a father and son clamber barefoot up a              THurSday, aprIl 26
                                                                    mountain strewn with sun-bleached rocks toward a sainted            FIlm
                                                                    shrine, bloody stones held fast in their mouths. And it closes,     7:00 pm caSTro THeaTre
              dIr Emanuele Crialese
                                                                    after an arduous and colorful passage in third-class steerage,
              Prod Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Fabrizio Mosca,                                                                                429 caSTro STreeT (Near markeT)
                                                                    in modern times, on Ellis Island, in the shadow of eugenic
              Emanuele Crialese
                                                                    testing, to the sound of Nina Simone in full-throated glory, at     Party
              Scr Emanuele Crialese
                                                                    the dawn of the American Century. Crialese’s novel imagining
              cam Agnès Godard                                                                                                          9:30 pm–12:00 mIdNIGHT SaN FraNcISco cITy Hall
                                                                    of the journey between these two worlds, from a past left
              ed Maryline Monthieux                                                                                                     eNTraNce oN polk STreeT (Grove/mcallISTer)
                                                                    behind to a family transformed, makes for a brilliant reinvention
              mUS Antonio Castriganò
                                                                    of the emigrant saga, with its heartbreaking themes of hope,        Kick off the San Francisco International Film Festival’s golden
              caSt Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato,
              Aurora Quattrocchi, Vincent Schiavelli, Francesco     sacrifice and forgetting. The steadfast Vincenzo Amato (who         anniversary with a world-class cinematic event, special guests
              Casisa, Filippo Pucillo                               starred in the director’s second film, Respiro, SFIFF 2003),        and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing,
              PrInt SoUrce Miramax Films, 61 Sixth Avenue,          and an enchanting Charlotte Gainsbourg, luminous here               free-flowing food and drinks and a complimentary gift bag.
              15th Floor, New York, NY10013 EMAIL: nicolette.       as a lost soul encountered on the Sicilian docks and wryly          Celebrate 50 years in style in the glorious City Hall rotunda.
              aizenberg@miramax.com                                 stubborn matriarch Aurora Quattrocchi, anchor a stirring story      Indulge in culinary delights from hot Bay Area restaurants,
                                                                    full of humor and tribulation. Crialese’s genius for capturing      sophisticated cocktails and other libations. As you find your
              Golden Door is presented in association with the      large-scale pastoral and urban landscapes as well as intimate,      groove, dance the night away in the hip North Light Court
              Italian Cultural Institute. The Opening Night party   individualized details is ably enhanced by the magnificent          lounge to the Toledo Show, the coolest band in Hollywood.
              is presented with the generous support of the San     cinematography of Agnès Godard, best known for her work
              Francisco Film Commission.
                                                                    with French director Claire Denis. Golden Door is a visionary
                                                                    film, filled with unexpected turns and irrevocable choices. It
                                                                    skillfully brings to life the experience of crossing a momentous
                                                                    threshold, after which nothing will ever be the same.

                                                                    —Graham Leggat

                                                                                                                                        emanUele crIaleSe


                                                                                                                                        Born in Rome, Italy, in 1965, Emanuele Crialese studied cinema at
                                                                                                                                        New York University. After making several short films, he directed
                                                                                                                                        his first feature, Once We Were Strangers (SFIFF 1998). His
                                                                                                                                        second feature, Respiro (SFIFF 2003), was awarded the Critics
                                                                                                                                        Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.




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roSarIo dawSon                            Sam rockwell




mIdnIGht awardS



SaTurday, aprIl 28               Given in memory of Charles Barile.                                   roSarIo dawSon

10:30 pm–1:30 am                                                                                      Since making an indelible impression in her film debut, Larry
                                 The San Francisco International Film Festival’s Midnight             Clark’s controversial Kids, Rosario Dawson has lit up the
W SaN FraNcISco HoTel,
                                 Awards have been created to honor a dynamic young American           screen in both big-budget mainstream hits (Rent, Sin City,
181 THIrd STreeT                 actor and actress entering the prime of their careers, who have      Men in Black II) and well-received indie gems (25th Hour,
                                 made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood          Sidewalks of New York, Chelsea Walls). Dawson is equally
memBerS aNd GeNeral puBlIc $50   cinema, and who bring striking intelligence, exemplary talent        at home amid the swords-and-sandals splendor of Oliver
                                 and extraordinary depth of character to their roles. The first       Stone’s Alexander and the down-and-dirty convenience store
                                 annual Midnight Awards will be given to Rosario Dawson and           of Kevin Smith’s Clerks II. Her upcoming films include Quentin
                                 Sam Rockwell.                                                        Tarantino’s Grindhouse, John Madden’s Killshot and Talia
                                                                                                      Lugacy’s Descent, which she also produced.
                                 The Midnight Awards takes the form of a late-night awards
                                 ceremony and cocktail reception featuring great food and
                                                                                                      Sam rockwell
                                 drinks, DJ entertainment, film clips and remarks by our special
                                 guests. Festive dress required.                                      Hailing from Daly City, local-boy-makes-good Sam Rockwell
                                                                                                      has forged a unique path among actors of his generation,
                                 Special support for this event is provided by Miracle Pictures.      stealing entire movies with his tousle-haired charm and
                                                                                                      seemingly effortless ability to get under the skin of some
                                 The Midnight Awards are given in memory of Charles Barile            out-there characters. Following noteworthy appearances in In
                                 (1954–2004), a lifelong film aficionado. Charles’s love for the      the Soup, Box of Moonlight, The Green Mile and Galaxy
                                 medium began as a child, when he would spend his Saturdays           Quest, Rockwell’s breakthrough came in George Clooney’s
                                 at the cinema watching the same film over and over. He studied       Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he brilliantly
                                 film at UCLA and became a well-known publicist, in which             embodied game show host-cum-CIA hitman Chuck Barris.
                                 capacity he was fond of saying that when you have a jewel of         Rockwell’s upcoming films include Snow Angels and The
                                 a film it speaks for itself. Charles would be the first to applaud   Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
                                 our honorees for their talent, their independent spirit and their
                                 exceptional achievements.




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              FIlm SocIety awardS nIGht

              GeorGe lucaS
              SpIke lee                                                                        GeorGe lUcaS

              roBIN WIllIamS
              peTer morGaN

              THe FIlm SocIeTy HoNorS THIS year’S dIrecTING, acTING aNd ScreeNWrITING aWardS
              recIpIeNTS aloNG WITH THe oNe-TIme-oNly IrvING m. levIN aWard HoNoree aT a
              GlamorouS Black-TIe eveNT FIlled WITH oNSTaGe appearaNceS, dINING aNd daNcING.




              THurSday, may 3



              6:00 Pm     VIP Cocktail reception with
                                                                                               SPIke lee
              celebrity guests
              7:00 Pm Dinner and awards program
              Westin St. Francis Hotel, Grand Ballroom
              Post Street entrance
              IndIvIdUalS $500/$1,000/$1,500;
              Tables of 10: $5,000/$10,000/$15,000/
              $25,000

              The Peter J. Owens award is made possible by a
              grant from the Peter J. Owens trust at The San
              Francisco Foundation. Gary Shapiro and Scott
              Owens, trustees.


              For Awards Nights ticket information, call
              415-551-5190.
              For all other ticket information call 925-866-9559
              or visit www.sffs.org.
              No cameras please.
                                                                                               roBIn wIllIamS




                                                                                               Peter morGan

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delIrIoUS




                                                                                                                        centerPIece
WeST coaST premIere                                Les Galantine is a man with a single-minded sense of
                                                   purpose: “Shot heard round the world—that’s what I’m aimin’
USa                                                for.” Slithering along the muddy bottom of the celebrity food        SaTurday, may 5
2006                                               chain, on the prowl for sightings of New York’s glitterati, this     FIlm
106 mIn.                                           dissolute paparazzo is consumed by a Grail-like search for an
                                                                                                                        7:00 pm SuNdaNce cINemaS kaBukI
                                                   exclusive celebrity photo. Enter his foil, a charming, dumpster-
                                                   dwelling homeless youth named Toby Grace, whose childlike            1881 poST STreeT (aT FIllmore)
dIr Tom DiCillo
                                                   naiveté and unspoiled optimism are as luminous as Les is dark.
Prod Robert Salerno                                                                                                     Party
Scr Tom DiCillo
                                                   Reluctantly offering to let the kid crash in his cluttered closet,
                                                                                                                        9:30–11:30 pm SuITe oNe8oNe
cam Frank G. DeMarco
                                                   Les signs Toby on as his assistant, and together they stalk
                                                   the streets in the elusive shadows of the stars. “Think big, get     181 eddy STreeT (Turk/maSoN)
ed Paul Zucker
mUS Anton Sanko
                                                   big” Les asserts to his young protégé. The guys score a coup
                                                                                                                        At the center of this year’s Festival is an extraordinary event
caSt Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman,
                                                   when they spot and shoot Chuck “The Beef” Sirloin exiting a
                                                                                                                        that features an edgy new film by a celebrated director,
Gina Gershon                                       penile surgery unit with his doctored member in full view. But
                                                                                                                        followed by an incredible party at one of San Francisco’s
PrInt SoUrce Peace Arch Entertainment, 4640        fate, in the form of teen-queen starlet K’Harma, steals Toby
                                                                                                                        hottest nightspots. Purchase your ticket to be part of one of
Admiralty Way Suite 710, Marina del Rey, CA        away to fame and fortune of his own, leaving Les behind,
                                                                                                                        the Festival’s most anticipated events. Celebrate after hours at
90292 FAX: 310-728-1720 EMAIL: rbodner@            bitterly abandoned in the (star)dust. Indie favorite Tom DiCillo’s
                                                                                                                        stylish downtown nightclub Suite one8one. Indulge in cocktails
peacearch.com                                      hip and urbane take on the buddy-movie genre stars Steve
                                                                                                                        and tasty bites, grooving and lounging. Ticket entitles you to
                                                   Buscemi, (brilliantly playing Les as if he were Ratso Rizzo) and
                                                                                                                        club admission and one complimentary drink ticket. No-host
                                                   Michael Pitt (last seen channeling Kurt Cobain in Gus Van
                                                                                                                        valet parking available.
                                                   Sant’s Last Days) as the dreamy Toby, with Alison Lohman
                                                   as pop starlet K’Harma and Gina Gershon as Dana, the sultry
                                                   talent agent who lures Toby onto the proverbial casting couch.
                                                   Nice cameos by Cinqué Lee (as a reality television director)
                                                   and Elvis Costello round out the cast of this buoyant tale of life
                                                   in today’s celebrity culture.
                                                                                                                        tom dIcIllo
                                                   —Karen Davis
                                                                                                                        Tom DiCillo’s darkly comic visions have established his reputation
                                                                                                                        as one of the preeminent American independent directors. His
                                                                                                                        1991 debut feature, Johnny Suede, launched the career of Brad
                                                                                                                        Pitt. Subsequent films include Living in Oblivion (SFIFF 1995),
                                                                                                                        Box of Moonlight (1996) and The Real Blonde (1997). Delirious
                                                                                                                        is his sixth feature film.




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              la vIe en roSe
              la môme




              WeST coaST premIere                               The ferocious talent and indomitable spirit of legendary
                                                                chanteuse Edith Piaf is celebrated in this French feast of a              cloSInG nIGht
              France                                            biopic, featuring a stunning performance by Marion Cotillard as           THurSday, may 10
              2006                                              the “little sparrow” who lived, loved and sang with no regrets.           FIlm
              140 mIn.                                          A huge hit in France and winner of five Césars, La Vie en                 7:00 pm caSTro THeaTre
                                                                Rose arrives on these shores with its uniquely Gallic blend
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              dIr Olivier Dahan
                                                                of onstage triumph, backstage tragedy and tempestuous
              Prod Alain Goldman
                                                                melodrama intact. Skillfully sifting time periods, far-flung              Party
              Scr Olivier Dahan, Isabelle Sobelman
                                                                locales and extremes of mood and imagery, director Olivier
                                                                                                                                          10:00 pm–12:30 am mezzaNINe
              cam Tetsuo Nagata
                                                                Dahan delivers far more than the standard biopic. Jumping
                                                                                                                                          444 JeSSIe STreeT (FIFTH/SIxTH)
              ed Richard Marizy
                                                                with emotional, if not sequential, logic among pivotal periods
              mUS Christopher Gunning
                                                                in Piaf’s life—from her Balzacian childhood as the daughter               Join us as we screen one more unforgettable film, announce
              caSt Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Clotilde
                                                                of a circus acrobat and alcoholic prostitute, her upbringing in           Audience Award winners and dance the night away at a
              Courau, Gérard Depardieu, Pascal Greggory, Marc   a brothel and her discovery by nightclub owner Louis Leplée               fantastic after-party. The streets of Paris collide with San
              Barbé, Emmanuelle Seigner                         (Gérard Depardieu) to her passionate affair with boxer Marcel             Francisco warehouse minimalism at Mezzanine at the Festival’s
              PrInt SoUrce Picturehouse, 597 Fifth Avenue,      Cedan, years of drug addiction and a hallucinatory final night            wrap party. Indulge in treats from the crème de la crème
              7th Floor, New York, NY 10017 FAX: 212-421-       in Grasse—the film indulges its heroine’s unquenchable thirst             of the city’s restaurants, imbibe drinks à go go, mix with
              1163 EMAIL: info@picturehouse.com                 for life, love and experience. Marion Cotillard, recently seen            artistes extraordinaires and regrettez rien on the dance floor.
                                                                opposite Russell Crowe in A Good Year, undergoes an                       Mezzanine is the ultimate spot to paint the town en rose and
                                                                astonishing physical transformation and bravely navigates                 bid adieu to the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival.
                                                                extreme highs and lows to fully embody Piaf, right down to the
                                                                arched eyebrows, prominent front teeth and wild-eyed, almost
                                                                feral fierceness with which she approached her relationships
                                                                and art. “There’s more to life than songs,” best friend Mômone
                                                                (Sylvie Testud) insists, but to this brilliant interpreter of “Milord,”
                                                                “Mon Dieu,” and “Non, je ne regrette rien,” songs mean more
                                                                than life itself. By the time Dahan and Cotillard present Piaf
                                                                at her final concert at L’Olympia, with Yves Montand, Charles
                                                                                                                                          olIvIer dahan
                                                                Aznavour and Jean Cocteau in attendance and the whole
                                                                world waiting to hear that tremulous vibrato, La Vie en Rose              Born in La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône, France in 1967, Olivier
                                                                has reached a pinnacle of emotion befitting the ultimate diva.            Dahan studied at the Marseille School of Art. Prior to directing films,
                                                                C’est formidable!                                                         Dahan exhibited his paintings in exhibitions throughout Europe,
                                                                                                                                          made music videos for artists including the Cranberries, Zucchero
                                                                —Steven Jenkins                                                           and Stéphane Eicher and worked for record companies. His films
                                                                                                                                          include Frères: La toulette rouge (1994), Tom Thumb (2001),
                                                                                                                                          Ghost River (2002) and Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the
                                                                                                                                          Apocalypse (2004).



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big AwArds, big tAlents, big stAtements




64	   Film	Society	Directing	Award		
      Spike	Lee	
      When	the	Levees	Broke	(Acts	II	and	III)
65	   Peter	J.	Owens	Award	
      Robin	Williams	
      The	Fisher	King
66	   Kanbar	Award		
      Peter	Morgan	
      The	Deal
67	   Mel	Novikoff	Award	
      Kevin	Brownlow	
      The	Iron	Mask
68	   Golden	Gate	Persistence	of	Vision	Award	
      Heddy	Honigmann	
      Forever




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            When the Levees Broke



            UsA
            2006
                                                              Spike Lee’s epic documentary on the impact and aftermath
                                                              of Hurricane Katrina is a transcendent prayer for salvation.        An evenIng WIth
            ACts II And III: 135 mIn.
            ACts I–Iv: 255 mIn.
                                                              Outraged by governmental neglect, Lee ruminates on
                                                              familiar and surprising details of the tragedy with a heartfelt
                                                                                                                                  sPIke Lee
                                                              compassion that perhaps eclipses the emotional highs of             wednesdAY, mAY 2
                                                              his previous works. Lee starts with the basics—a bad storm          7:30 pm CAstrO tHeAtre
            dIr Spike Lee
                                                              heading through the gulf, New Orleans in its path like a deer in    429 CAstrO street (At mArket)
            Prod Sam Pollard, Spike Lee
                                                              headlights, images of evacuations, the jam-packed Astrodome,
            CAm Cliff Charles                                                                                                     Join us for a special evening honoring the unconventional
                                                              emotionally wrenching relocations—and builds on the events
            ed Geeta Gandbhir, Nancy Novak, Sam Pollard                                                                           filmmaking genius of Spike Lee, recipient of this year’s Film
                                                              with commentary by anguished relatives of the dead, stalwart
            mUs Terence Blanchard                                                                                                 Society Directing Award. Retrospective film clips from Lee’s
                                                              New Orleans denizens, cultural heroes and lame-duck
            CAst Kathleen Blanco, Ray Nagin, Shelton                                                                              singular career will be followed by an onstage interview
                                                              politicians. Hip-hop artist Kanye West forthrightly recounts
            “Shakespeare” Alexander, Kanye West, Sean Penn,
                                                              his “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” comment;          conducted by Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris and a
            Wynton Marsalis
                                                              an outraged Katrina survivor heckles Dick Cheney with a             screening of Acts II and III of Lee’s four-act Hurricane Katrina
            PrInt soUrCe Home Box Office, 1100 Avenue
                                                              particularly choice turn of phrase; and longtime residents of       documentary When the Levees Broke.
            of the Americas, New York, NY 10036 FAX: 212-
            512-1053 or 5517 EMAIL: katherine.pongracz@       the Big Easy are finally granted a safe space in which they
            hbo.com                                           can tell their stories of fear, loss and stubborn hope. Lee’s
                                                              melody of images—a “Humanity” street sign bobbing in murky
                                                              water, a woman wrapped tightly in an American flag, Black feet
                                                              on a blistering rooftop—builds into an orchestral hymn that is
                                                              perfectly accompanied by Terence Blanchard’s haunting score
                                                              and plenty of authentic New Orleans jazz. Moving beyond race
                                                              and class, Lee’s American epic is a great work of investigative     sPIke Lee
                                                              reporting, a long, slow blues for humanity at its most beautiful
                                                              and most flawed. In addition to this complete screening of          Spike Lee is the recipient of this year’s Film Society Directing
                                                              Lee’s “requiem in four acts,” Acts II and III only will screen as   Award. A complete article with biographical information can be
                                                              part of a program honoring Lee as this year’s recipient of the      found on page 36.
                                                              Film Society Directing Award, with Lee in attendance. See
                                                              page 36 for complete details.

                                                              —Robert O’Shaughnessy




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                                                                                                                                                                                             tributes
the FIsher kIng



UsA
1991
                                               Quests for grails, both literal and metaphorical, often crop up
                                               in Terry Gilliam’s work, and The Fisher King, a wonderfully       An evenIng WIth
137 mIn.                                       eccentric, deeply moving and visually stunning film, is perhaps
                                               his most fully realized interpretation of the theme. When a
                                                                                                                 roBIn WILLIAms
dIr Terry Gilliam
                                               radio shock-jock named Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) discovers        FridAY, mAY 4
Prod Debra Hill, Lynda Obst
                                               that his rants against yuppies have found a horrible form of      7:30 pm CAstrO tHeAtre
sCr Richard LaGravenese
                                               fruition, he becomes suicidal. On the verge of taking his life,   429 CAstrO street (At mArket)
CAm Roger Pratt
                                               he meets a madman named Parry who is seeking the Holy
ed Lesley Walker
                                               Grail and who just might have the key to Jack’s redemption.       The Film Society pays tribute to the accomplished career
mUs George Fenton
                                               Robin Williams, in an Oscar-nominated performance, draws          of actor Robin Williams, this year’s Peter J. Owens Award
CAst Robin Willliams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes
                                               on a deep well of invention to play Parry. Never losing sight     recipient. This very special event will feature retrospective film
Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, David Hyde Pierce
                                               of the mythical import of the story, he finds the humor and       clips followed by an onstage interview and a screening of The
PrInt soUrCe Sony Picture Repertory EMAIL:
                                               pathos in the character and abiding romantic nature that          Fisher King. See article on page 38.
repertory@spe.sony.com
                                               cannot be extinguished. As screenwriter Richard LaGravenese
                                               commented, “[Williams’] ability to go off on the thousand
                                               creative tangents infused Parry with an electrically charged
                                               sense of awe, as if he had a nonstop fireworks display going
                                               on inside his head. And when he stops to take off the fool’s
                                               mask, it breaks your heart.” The film is also blessed with
                                               excellent supporting performances, including Amanda Plummer
                                               and Mercedes Ruehl (who won an Oscar for her work). The
                                               stellar acting is matched by LaGravenese’s bold script and
                                                                                                                 terry gILLIAm
                                               Gilliam’s astonishing visual stylings, where malevolent Red
                                               Knights appear in the middle of Manhattan and Grand Central
                                               Station becomes a magnificent dance palace. Full of gravity       Terry Gilliam was born in 1940 in Minneapolis. He joined the
                                               and whimsy, and mindful of the fact that every human life has     comedy troupe Monty Python in the late ’60s and codirected two of
                                                                                                                 their films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and Monty
                                               its mythic qualities, The Fisher King is true movie magic.
                                                                                                                 Python’s Meaning of Life (1983). His own filmmaking debut came
                                               —Rod Armstrong                                                    with Jabberwocky in 1977 and other films include Time Bandits
                                                                                                                 (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
                                                                                                                 (1988), 12 Monkeys (1995) and Tideland (2005).




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            the deAL



            engLAnd
            2003
                                                             After years in office, Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, was
                                                             overthrown as prime minister and replaced by the amiable and         An AFternoon WIth
            90 mIn.                                          modest John Major. It seemed like the occasion for the Labour
                                                             Party to regain power. Stephen Frears’s The Deal traces the
                                                                                                                                  Peter morgAn
                                                             careers of two young Labour politicians, Tony Blair and Gordon       sAturdAY, mAY 5
            dIr Stephen Frears
                                                             Brown, as they jockey for position. Brown was senior and             1:00 pm sundAnCe CinemAs kAbuki
            Prod Christine Langdon
                                                             more experienced, but not quite as deft as Blair at spin and         1881 pOst street (At FillmOre), sAn FrAnCisCO
            sCr Peter Morgan
                                                             maneuver. And so the two men make a deal, a pact, whereby
            CAm Alwin H. Kuchler                                                                                                  The Film Society is honored to present Peter Morgan with
                                                             Blair will lead the party—and become prime minister—and then
            ed Lucia Zucchetti                                                                                                    this year’s Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. Join
                                                             Gordon Brown will take up the succession. Years later, Blair
            mUs Nathan Larson                                                                                                     Morgan for a special onstage interview with film writer David
                                                             has announced vague plans for his departure, and Brown is
            CAst Michael Sheen, David Morrissey, Frank                                                                            Thomson and a screening of his political drama The Deal,
                                                             still waiting. The script by Peter Morgan, this year’s Kanbar
            Kelly, Elizabeth Berrington, Paul Rhys, Dexter
                                                             Award winner, grew through detailed research as he pursued           which details the relationship between Tony Blair and
            Fletcher, Glenna Morrison, Matt Blair
                                                             and talked to leading participants in British politics. The result   Gordon Brown.
            PrInt soUrCe Channel 4 Television, 124
            Horseferry Road, SW1P 2TX London, U.K. EMAIL:    is an uncanny facsimile of what was really said and done; it’s       Peter Morgan is the recipient of this year’s Kanbar Award. A
            lronchetti@channel4.co.uk.                       the British equivalent of Bob Woodward’s books, but a good           complete article with biographical information can be found on
                                                             deal more unnerving when Michael Sheen is so uncannily like          page 40.
                                                             Tony Blair (a role he reprised to great acclaim in The Queen,
                                                             another Morgan/Frears collaboration). The Deal is Morgan’s
                                                             breakthrough film, and its showing will accompany an onstage
                                                             interview in which he discusses his career.

                                                             —David Thomson




                                                                                                                                  stePhen FreArs


                                                                                                                                  A native of England, Stephen Frears studied law at Cambridge
                                                                                                                                  University before turning to the arts and becoming involved with
                                                                                                                                  London’s Royal Court Theatre. He began his film career in 1972
                                                                                                                                  with Gumshoe, and has followed with a uniquely diverse group
                                                                                                                                  of films including My Beautiful Laundrette (SFIFF 1986, 1998),
                                                                                                                                  Prick Up Your Ears (SFIFF 1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988),
                                                                                                                                  The Grifters (1990), High Fidelity (2000), Dirty Pretty Things
                                                                                                                                  (2002) and The Queen (2006).




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the Iron mAsk



UsA
1929
                                                  The jaunty swashbuckler lives on in this sharply restored
                                                  Douglas Fairbanks epic, a lavish version of The Three              An AFternoon WIth
104 mIn.                                          Musketeers made at the tail end of the silent era. In fact, it’s
                                                  the great star’s last silent film and his last appearance in a
                                                                                                                     kevIn BroWnLoW
                                                  swashbuckler, two facts that only heighten the film’s reputation   sAturdAY, April 28
dIr Alan Dwan
                                                  as perhaps the finest achievement of the genre. (That is was       2:00 pm CAstrO tHeAtre
Prod Douglas Fairbanks
                                                  filmed in Monterey and Point Lobos is yet another plus for         429 CAstrO street (At mArket)
sCr Jack Cunningham
                                                  Bay Area audiences.) Fairbanks plays his favorite literary hero,
CAm Warren Lynch, Henry Sharp                                                                                        Silent-film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow is
                                                  Dumas’s gallant D’Artagnan, still busy leaping off balconies
ed William Nolan                                                                                                     the recipient of this year’s Mel Novikoff Award, bestowed
                                                  and fighting ruffians with the aide of his sword-wielding
mUs Hugo Riesenfeld                                                                                                  upon an individual or institution whose work has enhanced
                                                  brethren, the Musketeers. He even has time for a love interest
CAst Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett,                                                                               the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world
                                                  in the distracting form of the seamstress Constance, but soon
Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera
                                                  friendship and romance are put to the test by the machinations     cinema. Brownlow will present his beautifully restored version
Lewis, Rolfe Sedan
                                                  of the black-hearted Cardinal Richelieu and the formidably         of the 1929 silent swashbuckler The Iron Mask. See article
PrInt soUrCe Photoplay Productions, 21
                                                  slimy Count De Rochefort, both of whom are scheming to             on page 44.
Princess Road, NW1 8JR London, U.K. FAX: +44-
20-77-22-66-62 EMAIL: julia@photoplay.co.uk       topple the throne of France. Along the way there’s enough
                                                  displays of chivalry, derring-do, swordplay and impressive pre-
Presented in association with the San Francisco   special effects stuntwork to make contemporary Hollywood
Silent Film Festival.                             actioneers seem like utter dullards, with everything topped by
                                                  a spectacular, surprisingly bittersweet climax. The Iron Mask
                                                  was directed with verve by the action specialist Allan Dwan,
                                                  who helmed more than 140 films and whose later output
                                                                                                                     ALAn dWAn
                                                  included such cult works as Slightly Scarlet (1956) and
                                                  Silver Lode (1954). Restored by Kevin Brownlow—recipient
                                                                                                                     Born in Toronto and raised in Detroit and Chicago, Allan Dwan
                                                  of this year’s Mel Novikoff Award—from an original nitrate print
                                                                                                                     began working with the American Film Company in California in
                                                  from the Museum of Modern Art, The Iron Mask rediscovers           1911 as a scenarist and unit manager. Realizing that a director
                                                  the glamour and glory of a genre, and a star, that once again      had disappeared on a drinking binge, Dwan stepped in to take over
                                                  and forever deserves the big screen. The restored print will       filming, and take over he did. Between his first feature, Richelieu,
                                                  be accompanied by Carl Davis’ beautiful symphonic score,           in 1914, and his last, The Most Dangerous Man Alive, in 1961,
                                                  recorded by a 42-piece orchestra.                                  Dwan directed more than 140 films, sometimes at a rate of four
                                                                                                                     to six annually. “Directing movies, I’d do it free,” he told Kevin
                                                                                                                     Brownlow. “I like it that well.” He passed away in 1981 at age 96.




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tributes




            Forever
            betirAkO




            netherLAnds
            2006
                                                            The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris
                                                            and the final repository of the famous. Among its occupants             An evenIng WIth
            95 mIn.                                         are medieval lovers Heloise and Abelard, modernist icons
                                                            Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein and ’60s rocker Jim
                                                                                                                                    heddy honIgmAnn
                                                            Morrison. Through its gates come tourists toting cameras to             tuesdAY, mAY 1
            dIr Heddy Honigmann
                                                            the burial site of Marcel Proust (though they might never have          8:00 pm sundAnCe CinemAs kAbuki
            Prod Carmen Cobos
                                                            read him) and who sing at the gravesite of Yves Montand.                1881 pOst street (At FillmOre)
            sCr Heddy Honigmann, Ester Gould, Judith
                                                            Widows of well-remembered husbands, meanwhile, sweep
            Vreriks
                                                            their late spouses’ gravestones and water the flowers. Into             Inventive, visionary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann, recipient
            CAm Robert Alazraki
                                                            this ripe milieu, Heddy Honigmann—Peruvian-born Dutch                   of this year’s Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, will
            ed Danniel Danniel
                                                            documentarian and career-long chronicler of dislocation—                engage in an onstage interview with film writer John Anderson
            CAst Yoshino Kimura, Bertrand Beyern, Reza
                                                            brings her unique perspective and boundless curiosity, looking          and present her latest work, Forever.
            Khoddam, Bruno Douchet, Valérie Bajou,
            Christophe Menez, David Pouly, Stéphane Heuet   for the key to art and eternity, the allure of a celebrity afterlife,
            PrInt soUrCe First Run/Icarus Films, 32 Court   and the solace to be found in a necropolis of stars. In a world
            Street, 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 FAX:     of the disenfranchised, Honigmann often has given voice to
            718-488-8642 EMAIL: gary@frif.com               the dispossessed—immigrant musicians in Paris, war widows
                                                            in Bosnia, cab drivers in Lima. But like her sensual ode to
            In French with English subtitles.               Brazilian love poetry O Amor Natural (SFIFF 1997), Forever
                                                            finds that time and memory are the more profound divisions
                                                            between longing and reality. A young Japanese pianist seems             heddy honIgmAnn
                                                            to yearn across the ages at the grave of Frederic Chopin, while
                                                            elsewhere at Père-Lachaise a middle-aged woman remembers                Heddy Honigmann is the recipient of this year’s Golden Gate
                                                            the young husband who lies beneath her feet, dead three                 Persistence of Vision Award. A complete article with biographical
                                                            months after they wed. Honigmann has made a film of great               information can be found on page 42.
                                                            tenderness as well as profound inquiry. She is never reticent
                                                            about asking a question; her trademark is getting people
                                                            to open up in ways that must surprise even them. But she
                                                            exercises the greatest respect, even awe, for those who walk
                                                            among the headstones or occupy the more ethereal world of
                                                            Forever.

                                                            —John Anderson




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FILMS, MuSIc, STOrIES, PErFOrMANcES




70	   Brand	upon	the	Brain!
71	   Five-O:	Stories	and	Images	from	50	
      Years	of	the	SF	International
72	   Notes	to	a	Toon	Underground
73	   The	Phantom	Carriage	with		
	     Jonathan	Richman
74	   State	of	Cinema	Address
75	   The	True	Story	of	the	World:	On	the	
      Road	at	50




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                  Brand upon the Brain!



                  uSa/Canada                                         A companion piece of sorts to the exceptional silent
                  2006                                               installation-feature Cowards Bend the Knee, the
                  95 min.                                            semiautobiographical Brand upon the Brain! mines the rich
                                                                     territories of director Guy Maddin’s youth and spins them into
                  dir Guy Maddin
                                                                     a delirious fantasy of familial discontent. At the edge of the
                  prod Amy E. Jacobsen, Gregg Lachow
                                                                     sea stands a lighthouse, once the location of an orphanage.
                  SCr Guy Maddin
                                                                     There, some years ago, lived Guy and Sis, a brother and sister
                  Cam Benjamin Kasulke                                                                                                   Guy maddin
                                                                     under the constant observation of their mother yet entirely
                  ed John Gurdebeke
                                                                     ignored by their father, an ingenious inventor. When Wendy          A former member of the innovative Winnipeg Film Group, Guy
                  muS Jason Staczek
                                                                     Hale, amateur harpist and half of twin detective team the           Maddin is among the most ingenious filmmakers working today,
                  CaSt Eric Maahs, Sullivan Brown, Gretchen Krich,
                  Maya Lawson, Catherine Scharhon                    Lightbulb Kids, arrives to investigate a mysterious regenerative    widely celebrated for his silent-era aesthetics and baroque
                                                                     nectar harvested from the orphans, things grow ever more            melodramas. His films include Careful (1992), Dracula: Pages
                  print SourCe The Film Company, 1515
                                                                     complicated. A love triangle becomes a quadrangle when              from a Virgin’s Diary (2002) and The Saddest Music in the
                  12th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98122 EMAIL:
                                                                                                                                         World (2003), the first of several collaborations with Isabella
                  glachow@thefilmcompany.org                         Wendy masquerades as her brother Chance and goes in
                                                                                                                                         Rossellini. In 2006, Maddin received the Festival’s Persistence
                                                                     search of clues. A fever dream of Freudian impulses and horror
                                                                                                                                         of Vision Award. He is the youngest recipient of the prestigious
                  Presented in association with the San Francisco    show theatrics, Maddin devours 100 years of film history whole
                                                                                                                                         Telluride Film Festival’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Maddin
                  Silent Film Festival.                              and, like the ersatz Guy’s painting of the lighthouse, covers the   currently is finishing a “docu-fantasia-mentary” about his hometown.
                                                                     screen with a 12-chapter outpouring of his various obsessions.
                  Brand upon the Brain Orchestra                     Brand upon the Brain! is Maddin’s eighth feature-length
                  Jason Staczek, conductor
                                                                     film in nearly 20 years (he’s made some 20 shorts during
                  Kate Campbell, piano; Laura Albers, Rebecca
                                                                     this time as well), and the first to be filmed outside his native
                  Jackson, violins; Phyllis Kamrin, Betsy London,
                                                                     Canada (and, therein, his first “foreign” film). At this special
                  violas; Renata Bratt, Kristina Forester, cellos;
                  Alicia Telford, Nicky Roosevelt, French horns;     screening, the film’s original score will be performed live by a
                  Ward Spangler, Jim Kassis, percussion; Sebastian   13-piece ensemble, with three onstage foley artists, a benshi-
                  Thomas, soprano; Beth Custer, concertmaster.       like narrator and a castrato adding to the fun. SFIFF favorite
                  Foley by Footsteps: Andy Malcolm, Goro Koyama,     Maddin received last year’s Persistence of Vision Award, and
                  Caoihme Doyle, Anna Malkin, Don White.             this year will be on hand again to see his latest masterwork
                                                                     augmented by a particularly gifted lineup of performers.

                                                                     —Jonathan Marlow




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                                                                                                                 Peter Ustinov and Carroll Baker




                                                                                                                                                                  Live & Onstage
                                                                                                                 at SFIFF 10 (1966)




Five-o: StorieS and imaGeS From 50 yearS oF the
SF international


Total running time 120 min.                 Considering that in its first half-century the International has
                                            shown roughly 5,700 films to two million people and hosted
Presented in association with Porchlight.   thousands of film industry professionals from more than 150
                                            countries, it’s a fair bet that there are a few good yarns to be
                                            spun. Like the time Sam Peckinpah did his onstage interview
                                            while drinking whiskey, or when Festival programmer Albert
                                            Johnson tap-danced with Fred Astaire, or Catherine Deneuve
                                            clobbered François Truffaut over the head with her purse, or . .
                                            . well, you get the picture. Join us for this very special onstage
                                            event as we remember, celebrate and thrill to true stories
                                            of some of the Festival’s greatest moments and best-loved
                                            alumni. Several SFIFF icons will take the stage to tell tall tales
                                            from behind the red curtain. Four audience members drawn at
                                            random will tell their own two-minute Festival stories. And in
                                            between narratives, we will screen photos and clips from 50
                                            years of the International’s glorious and tumultuous history.
                                            This special evening is presented in association with the
                                            Porchlight Storytelling Series and hosted by Porchlight’s Beth
                                            Lisick and Arlene Klatte. Marc Capelle will provide live musical
                                            accompaniment. Visit www.sffs.org and www.porchlightsf.com
                                            for guest updates. (Note: The Festival’s history site at http://
                                            history.sffs.org also features “Collective Memory” pages where
                                            you can read and post your own SFIFF stories.)

                                            —Graham Leggat




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                                                devil’S Canyon                                              minor deitieS                 the toWer




                  Ben hooker and Shona kitChen
Live & Onstage




                  noteS to a toon underGround



                  Total running time 104 min.                        The CaMeraMan’S reVenge                                             PoPuli

                  Featuring 15 animated films made between 1912      The characters in this melodrama of infidelity—which clearly        This audacious epic usually is accompanied by the “Mars:
                  and 2005 by six different directors, and with      influenced the Brothers Quay—are all played by actual insects       Bringer of War” section of Holst’s Planets. For this program,
                  11 musicians providing live accompaniment, it’s    that Starewicz painstakingly manipulated. On his way to work,       Russo has asked the musicians to play something closer to
                  safe to file this program under “This Will Never   Mr. Beetle ducks into The Gay Dragonfly, a burlesque club           Black Sabbath. (David Russo, USA 2001, 9 min.)
                  Happen Again.” The lineup includes Marc Capelle,   where he meets a hot dragonfly. (Wladyslaw Starewicz, Russia
                  Devin Hoff (of Good for Cows), Jason Lytle (of     1912, 13 min.)                                                      The ToWer
                  Grandaddy) Ches Smith (of Good for Cows, Xiu
                  Xiu and Ceramic Dog), Jamie Stewart and Caralee                                                                        A man enters a tower only to be tortured by it. Eventually, a
                                                                     DeVil’S Canyon
                  McElroy (of Xiu Xiu), Carla Fabrizio (of Gamelan                                                                       balance of power is struck. (Emily Hubley/Georgia Hubley,
                  Sekar Jaya), Tommy Guerrero, Monte Vallier and     Featuring outrageous voiceover narration, (“Montgomery was          USA 1984, 11 min.)
                  Gadget (of Jet Black Crayon) and avant-garde       drinking famously again . . . Frederick was eating dirt and lying
                  legend William Winant. These musicians will        about it”) this short trails after majestic El Caminos, “played”
                  unveil world premieres of newly composed scores    here by mechanical horses on assembly. (Kelly Sears, USA            Anchoring this program are nine silent films made between
                  to historic and contemporary animated shorts       2005, 7 min.)                                                       1974 and 2005 by Jim Trainor, master of elemental, R.
                  Contains sexually explicit images.
                                                                                                                                         Crumb-like psychedelia and morphological evolution. Many of
                                                                     The Joy of Sex                                                      Trainor’s films have screened at SFIFF, and The fetishist won
                                                                                                                                         a 1997 Golden Gate Award in 1997. Ranging from beautiful
                                                                     Remember those drawings in The Joy of Sex? Now think of             to astonishing to grungy to profoundly simple, Trainor’s 16mm
                                                                     them in motion. Blech. (Kelly Sears, USA 2003, 3 min.)              silent films never fail to amaze. Screening: antrouzous; The
                                                                                                                                         Bat and the Virgin; Blood; from Microbe to Man; leafy,
                                                                     CruCial CrySTal                                                     leafy Jungle; Minor Deities; a net; Torn up; and Plants.

                                                                     New age + new metal + new music = new you. (Kelly Sears,            —Sean Uyehara
                                                                     USA 2004, 4 min.)




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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Live & Onstage
the phantom CarriaGe                                                with        Jonathan                  richman
KörKArLEN




SWeden                                            One of the most highly regarded films of the silent era, Victor
1921                                              Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage rides again with a new
107 min.                                          score composed and presented live by local icon Jonathan
                                                  Richman. Based on Selma Lagerlöf’s rendition of a Swedish
                                                  folktale, this moody, surrealistic spooker takes its title from
dir Victor Sjöström
                                                  Death’s favorite mode of transportation, which must be driven
prod Charles Magnusson
                                                  by the last sinner to die before year’s end. Sjöström both
SCr Victor Sjöström                                                                                                   viCtor SjöStröm
                                                  directs and stars in the film, fashioning a supernatural morality
Cam Julius Jaenzon
                                                  tale replete with atmospheric lighting and superimposition          Without a shred of film experience, stage actor and director Victor
CaSt Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore
                                                  effects that were ahead of their time in 1921 and still chill       Sjöström was hired in 1912 as lead film director by the fledgling
Svennberg, Astrid Holm                                                                                                Swedish Biograph Company. Over the next five years, Sjöström
                                                  today. He plays David Holm, a belligerent drunkard who must
print SourCe Janus Film, 215 Park Avenue                                                                              made roughly 30 films including ingeborg holm (1913) and The
South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003 FAX: 212-    contend with past misdeeds of pettiness and alcoholism as
                                                                                                                      master of cinema whose films were characterized by their sensitive
756-8850 EMAIL: finklea@janusfilms.com            he gathers the souls of the dead. Will he roam the roads
                                                                                                                      performances and stunning cinematography. In the ’20s, Sjöström
                                                  forever as a ghostly driver or achieve salvation beyond Death’s     was lured to 20th Century Fox, where, working under the name
Presented in association with the San Francisco   spectre? This suspenseful, visually arresting classic was shot      Seastrom, he directed such classics as he Who gets Slapped
Silent Film Festival.                             by masterful cinematographer Julius Jaenzon and will be             (1924) and The Wind (1928). Sjöström, an accomplished actor,
                                                  screened in a gorgeous new 35mm print specially created for         was widely celebrated for his performance as Isak Borg in Ingmar
                                                  world cinema distributor Janus Films’s 50-year anniversary.         Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (1957).
                                                  Just as special is beloved singer/songwriter Richman’s wildly
                                                  imaginative score, which he will perform live in the suitably
                                                  majestic Castro Theatre as Sjöström’s dark tale unfolds in
                                                  all its silent glory. Richman, who led seminal ’70s band the
                                                  Modern Lovers and serenaded Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz
                                                  in There’s Something about Mary, selected The Phantom
                                                  Carriage from a number of silent-era contenders for its
                                                  timeless themes: No bad deed goes unpunished, and Death
                                                  has a wicked sense of humor.                                        jonathan riChman

                                                                                                                      Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and
                                                  —Sean Uyehara
                                                                                                                      performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making
                                                                                                                      friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully
                                                                                                                      catchy compositions. He began playing guitar at 15 and in the
                                                                                                                      ’70s formed the Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound
                                                                                                                      and emotionally forthright songs helped to lay the groundwork for
                                                                                                                      punk rock. Richman’s deceptively straightforward songs embody
                                                                                                                      timeless qualities of humanity and optimism, and his emotional
                                                                                                                      insights and boundless sense of humor are untainted by cynicism
                                                                                                                      or transient notions of hipness. His most recent release is fly into
                                                                                                                      the Mysterious.


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                  STATE OF cINEMA AddrESS
                  peter SellarS

                  Sunday, april 29                                     MozarT MeeTS hiS MaTCh                                              press conference on the war in Afghanistan; adapted Wagner’s
                                                                                                                                           Tristan and isolde in collaboration with video artist Bill Viola;
                  4:00 PM, SuNdANcE cINEMAS KABuKI                     By Andy Bailey
                                                                                                                                           and staged a multimedia version of the classic Chinese opera
                  1881 POST STrEET (AT FILLMOrE),                                                                                          Peony Pavilion at venues throughout Europe and in Berkeley.
                  SAN FrANcIScO                                        As long as gleefully eclectic multimedia visionary Peter Sellars    He continues to be a passionate proponent of eclectic cultural
                                                                       continues to transform theater and opera with his utterly           expression as professor of world arts and culture at the
                                                                       unique vision, there will be no reason to write a requiem for art   University of California, Los Angeles.
                  Each year, the Film Society invites a leader of
                                                                       that surprises, challenges and transforms receptive audiences.
                  cinema and the arts to address issues facing the
                                                                       His endlessly inventive stage designs and productions—now
                  film world today. This year, the State of Cinema                                                                         Sellars has collaborated several times with contemporary
                                                                       numbering more than 100—and his work with some of the
                  address will be delivered by the brilliant theater                                                                       composer John Adams on the operas nixon in China, The
                                                                       world’s most adventurous creative forces have catapulted him
                  and artistic director Peter Sellars, whose work                                                                          Death of Klinghoffer and el niño. Perhaps their most
                                                                       to the first rank of contemporary American artists. He maintains
                  is motivated by, and encourages, a passionate                                                                            ambitious work thus far is Doctor atomic, produced for San
                                                                       a keen appreciation for cinema as well.
                  commitment to globally relevant images and                                                                               Francisco Opera in 2005 (a production documented in Jon
                  ideas that prompt social and moral action in an                                                                          Else’s documentary Wonders are Many, showing at this year’s
                  increasingly interdependent world.                   Having received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1983 at age 26,           Festival).
                                                                       and following travels and studies in Japan, China and India,
                                                                       Sellars was appointed director and manager of the American
                  FeSTIvAl	SCReeNINgS                                                                                                      After staging a production of Mozart’s unfinished opera zaide
                                                                       National Theater in Washington, D.C. While working with the
                  Daratt                                                                                                                   as part of the 2006 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center
                                                                       Boston Shakespeare Company, he collaborated with Emmanuel
                  Opera Jawa                                                                                                               in New York, Sellars decamped for Vienna, where he was
                                                                       Music and its artistic director Craig Smith on a series of
                                                                                                                                           artistic director of the New Crowned Hope Festival celebrating
                  Wonders Are Many                                     unconventional Mozart operas including Così fan Tutte (set
                                                                                                                                           Mozart’s 250th birthday. Two of the seven films that Sellars
                                                                       in a Cape Cod diner), The Marriage of figaro (set in a luxury
                                                                                                                                           commissioned for New Crowned Hope are screening in this
                  PRevIOUS	AddReSSeS                                   Trump Tower suite in New York City) and Don giovanni (set in
                                                                                                                                           year’s SFIFF: Garin Nugroho’s opera Jawa and Mahamat-
                  Tilda Swinton   2006                                 Spanish Harlem), which toured widely.
                                                                                                                                           Saleh Haroun’s Daratt.
                  Brad Bird   2005
                  B. Ruby Rich    2004                                 No stranger to the world of film and filmmaking, Sellars
                                                                                                                                           Praising the maverick composer for his prescient thematic
                  Michel Ciment    2003                                cowrote and costarred (as William Shaksper Junior the Fifth)
                                                                                                                                           instincts and his commitment to the transformational properties
                                                                       in Jean-Luc Godard’s own radical reimagining of King lear
                                                                                                                                           of pleasure, Sellars concluded his opening New Crowned Hope
                                                                       (1986) before making his directorial debut with The Cabinet
                                                                                                                                           remarks with this astute coda: “Where Mozart ended is where
                                                                       of Dr. ramirez (1991), a silent color film starring Joan Cusack
                                                                                                                                           we begin.”
                                                                       and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

                                                                                                                                           Indeed, it is iconoclasts like Sellars who continue in the
                                                                       At various points, Sellars has served as artistic director of the
                                                                                                                                           masterful, multifaceted, modernist path of Mozart. We are
                                                                       Los Angeles Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Venice
                                                                                                                                           pleased to welcome Peter Sellars as the presenter of this
                                                                       Biennale International Festival and the American National
                                                                                                                                           year’s State of Cinema address.
                                                                       Theatre. Seemingly fueled by ever-enthusiastic creativity and
                                                                       inspiration, Sellars also has adapted Antonin Artaud’s radio play
                                                                                                                                           Andy Bailey is the San Francisco-based author of the forthcoming
                                                                       for an end to the Judgment of god/Kissing god goodbye,
                                                                                                                                           Taschen volume Cinema now.
                                                                       coupling it with the poetry of June Jordan and staging it as a




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                                                                                                                                             Live & Onstage
the true Story oF the World: on the road at 50



Total running time 90 min.   A half-century ago, in 1957, “crazy dumbsaint of the mind”
                             Jack Kerouac published the book that was to crack open
                             postwar American literature and society, and become a blazing
                             iconic beacon of the Beat Generation and a light that never
                             goes out for playful, seeking dreamers everywhere, then and
                             since. Three generations have dug the passionate jazzbo
                             language of on the road, stuffed a copy in a backpack
                             and hit the highway in search of enlightenment. No other
                             contemporary literary work can claim such an immediate and
                             enduring impact. After five decades, it still sells up to 130,000
                             copies a year. As part of its own 50th anniversary celebration,
                             SFIFF and Litquake pay homage to Kerouac’s golden book
                             with a portmanteau program of readings, testimonials and
                             images honoring Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, Carlo Marx, Ed
                             Dunkel, the lost city of San Francisco and, of course, Kerouac
                             himself, the “writer-director of Earthly movies Sponsored and
                             Angeled in Heaven.” Peter Coyote, Michael McClure and Diane
                             DiPrima will take part in this cultural celebration, with more
                             Beat Generation aficionados expected to join them.

                             —Graham Leggat




                                                                                                 MON APrIL 30 6:30   KABuKI   TruE30K




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SPOTLIGHT:



CINEMA BY THE BAY                            THE LATE SHOW

the CreAtive heArt of the West               Chills from Around the World
78	   All	in	This	Tea                        89	   Black	Sheep
79	   Carved	out	of	Pavement:	The	Work	      90	   Cold	Prey
      of	Rob	Nilsson                         91	   Ghost	Train
80	   Fog	City	Mavericks                     92	   The	Signal
81	   Murch
82	   Revolution	Summer
83	   Strange	Culture
84	   Wonders	Are	Many

KINOTEK

neW PlAtforms, neW Work,
neW AudienCes
85	   Arrows	of	Time
86	   Halou,	Tarentel	and	the	GreenWorld
87	   Special	Forces
88	   Why	didn’t	anybody	tell	me	it	would	
      become	this	bad	in	Afghanistan




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              All in This TeA
spotlight:




              CineMA BY The BAY                              tea importer david lee hoffman travels throughout China—
                                                             sometimes on foot—in search of handcrafted premium teas.
              U.S. PrEMIErE                                  directors les Blank and Gina leibrecht follow this adventurer
                                                             as he discovers exquisite teas and attempts to overcome
              UsA                                            bureaucratic obstacles to buying tea directly from farmers.
              2006                                           hoffman is most interested in teas that have been handpicked
              70 Min.                                        and carefully dried and heated to create the fragrance, color
                                                                                                                                    les BlAnk                     GinA leiBReChT
                                                             and taste unique to each tea-maker. As he admires a cup of
              DiR les Blank, Gina leibrecht                  tea, he describes the care that went into picking each tea bud,        Acclaimed filmmaker les Blank has made numerous documentary
              PROD les Blank, Gina leibrecht                 then mourns the tea-makers who may not be around much                  films since 1960, including Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
              CAM les Blank                                  longer. China’s emphasis on factory-produced tea treated               (sfiff 1980), The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (sfiff
                                                             with chemical fertilizers is endangering the small farmer who          1995) and Gap-Toothed Women (1987, sfiff 1995). Chulas
              eD Gina leibrecht
                                                             has produced organic tea for generations. hoffman’s goal is            Fronteras (1976) and Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980,
              CAsT david lee hoffman, Gaetano kazuo maida,
                                                                                                                                    sfiff 1995) have been selected for inclusion in the library of
              James norwood Pratt, song diefeng, Winnie W.   to open the Chinese tea market, support the small farmers
                                                                                                                                    Congress national film registry. retrospectives of his films have
              Yu                                             and make high-quality handmade teas available outside of
                                                                                                                                    taken place at the museum of modern Art in new York, the Walker
              PRinT sOURCe flower films, 10341 san Pablo     China. the film captures hoffman’s boundless enthusiasm
                                                                                                                                    Art Center in minneapolis and the Cinémathèque française in Paris.
              Avenue, el Cerrito, CA 94530 fAX: 510-525-     for the herbal essence as he sniffs large bags full of leaves,         in 1990, Blank received the American film institute’s maya deren
              1204 emAil: blankfilm@aol.com                  samples various flavors and discusses his love of superb tea.          Award for outstanding lifetime achievement.
                                                             the filmmakers also show hoffman in his West marin home
                                                             as he sips a cup with Werner herzog, the subject of beloved            Gina leibrecht has worked as an editor on several documentary
                                                             documentarian Blank’s Burden of Dreams (sfiff1995).                    films, including katrina epperlein’s Phoenix Dance (sfiff 2006
                                                             the documentary also reveals every step of the tea-making              Golden Gate Award for Best documentary short) and frank
                                                                                                                                    Green’s Counting Sheep, which won a northern California emmy
                                                             process, from the picking of the buds to their slow heating
                                                                                                                                    for Best documentary in 2006. leibrecht has been collaborating
                                                             over a wok. tea experts discuss the history and tradition of
                                                                                                                                    with les Blank since 1998.
                                                             tea drinking and its health benefits. After seeing this film, you’ll
                                                             never drink a cup of tea the same way again.

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CARveD OUT Of PAveMenT:
The WORk Of ROB nilssOn




                                                                                                                                                                                                     spotlight:
CineMA BY The BAY                                    “film should be a search, an investigation of things you find
                                                     fascinating and pertinent,” says rob nilsson, filmmaker, writer
total running time 100 min.                          and saint of direct Action filmmaking. “But i don’t see it in most
                                                     of American cinema. it’s either about genres, or it’s about stars,
PRinT sOURCe 9@night films, 1418 5th street,         or it’s about goofy little stories that are meant to entertain. . . . i
Berkeley, CA 94710 emAil: rnilsson@robnilsson.       can’t entertain anybody. i can hardly entertain myself. All i can
com                                                  do is follow my passions.” for 30-odd years nilsson has been
                                                                                                                               ROB nilssOn
                                                     doing just that. Beginning with Cannes Camera d’or winner
Presented in association with the mill valley film   Northern Lights (1979), continuing with sundance Grand                    Born in rhinelander, Wisconsin in 1939, rob nilsson has
festival.
                                                     Prize winner Heat and Sunlight (1988) and running through                 been making films in san francisco, often with denizens of the
                                                     the epic 9@Night series, which will conclude later this year              tenderloin, for several decades and is one of America’s most
                                                     with Go Together and Used, this fiercely independent Bay                  acclaimed independent filmmakers. his works include Signal 7
                                                     Area iconoclast has created a rough-hewn body of work that                (sfiff 1984) Heat and Sunlight (1987), Chalk (sfiff 1996),
                                                                                                                               Singing (2000), Security (2005) and Opening (2006).
                                                     stands alone in American cinema. At this intimate screening
                                                     and discussion, nilsson will show excerpts from four digital
                                                     works-in-progress: the hypnotic Presque Isle, shot in the
                                                     Wisconsin northwoods; Frank Dead Souls, a direct Action
                                                     piece made in south Africa; and the two above-mentioned
                                                     9@Night entries, shot largely in the tenderloin with
                                                     nonprofessional actors. While presenting the footage, nilsson
                                                     will introduce members of the tenderloin Group workshop,
                                                     discuss his unconventional methods and practices and tell war
                                                     stories from the street. Come see why actor Peter Coyote has
                                                     said, “if there were any justice in the world, John Cassevetes
                                                     would still be alive and recognizing rob nilsson as his long-lost
                                                     heir.” (note: excerpts from the 9@Night series can be seen on
                                                     the sfiff outdoor screen in Justin herman Plaza may 1–3.)

                                                     —Graham Leggat




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              fOG CiTY MAveRiCks
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              CineMA BY The BAY                                   since the early days of cinema, when Charlie Chaplin honed
                                                                  his craft hereabouts and the essanay Company made a
              WOrLD PrEMIErE                                      legend of Bronco Billy, the san francisco Bay Area has
                                                                  been a hotbed of moviemaking ingenuity. tracing a lineage
              UsA                                                 from the pre-cinema photographic experiments of eadweard
              2007                                                muybridge, Gary leva’s big-talent roundup chronicles the
              119 Min.                                            amazing past 40 years of the lives and times of fog City’s
                                                                                                                                      GARY levA
                                                                  best-known directors, with particular attention given to the
              DiR Gary leva                                       groundbreaking achievements, influence and independent-             Gary leva’s many documentaries have made a significant
              sCR Gary leva                                       mindedness of francis ford Coppola and George lucas. All            contribution to film studies. his award-winning A Legacy of
              CAM various                                         the lions of Bay Area big-film-making are here: saul Zaentz,        Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope premiered
              eD Gary leva                                        Philip kaufman, Chris Columbus, Clint eastwood and Carroll          at the telluride film festival and is now a part of the curriculum at
                                                                  Ballard, as well as the CGi groundbreakers at Pixar, John           several film schools. other projects pay tribute to the influence of
              CAsT George lucas, Clint eastwood, francis
                                                                                                                                      such films as Ben-Hur, All the President’s Men and Malcolm X.
              ford Coppola, Chris Columbus, saul Zaentz, Philip   lasseter, Andrew stanton, Brad Bird and Pete docter. in
              kaufman, Carroll Ballard, sofia Coppola             all, more than two dozen resident geniuses—the above, plus
              PRinT sOURCe lucasfilm ltd., P.o. Box 299901,       Walter murch, John korty, sofia Coppola, Caleb deschanel,
              san francisco, CA 94129 fAX: 415-662-2437           matthew robbins, Bruce Conner, robin Williams, robert
              emAil: lynne.hale@lucasfilm.com                     dalva, Ben Burtt and steve Jobs, among others—are featured
                                                                  in insightful on-camera interviews. leva skillfully layers these
                                                                  fascinating testimonials with terrific behind-the-scenes stories,
                                                                  rare archival photos and footage, lively narration by Peter
                                                                  Coyote and brilliant scenes from some of the finest films of
                                                                  our generation (all made, as it happens, by your friends and
                                                                  neighbors). All the film’s principals have been invited for an
                                                                  onstage introduction; a smaller group will participate in a post-
                                                                  screening Q&A. Confirmed guests include lucas, kaufman,
                                                                  Zaentz, Columbus, Bird, docter, stanton, robbins, Williams,
                                                                  Conner, murch, Coyote, dominic Angerame and rob nilsson,
                                                                  with many more mavericks sure to join them.

                                                                  —Graham Leggat




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MURCh




                                                                                                                                                                                         spotlight:
CineMA BY The BAY                          there are film editors, and then there’s Walter murch. Widely
                                           considered the world’s greatest cutter for Apocalypse Now
enGlAnD/UsA                                and The Unbearable Lightness of Being to name just
2006                                       two, he has probably done more to illuminate the art of film
78 Min.                                    editing than anyone, in several books both by and about him.
                                           strangely enough, there has been little about him on film,
DiR edie ichioka, david ichioka            until now. Murch is an epic sit-down with the man—a brilliant
                                                                                                               eDie iChiOkA                  DAviD iChiOkA
CAM david ichioka                          condensation of what is surely a long conversation covering
eD edie ichioka                            the many topics that interest murch: his theories on why we         david ichioka is a longtime director and producer of commercials
PRinT sOURCe studio ichioka, 336 Bon Air   blink and what this has to do with cutting film; why he likes       and tv shows, including such beloved animated series as Happy
Center #309, Greenbrae, CA 94904 emAil:    to stand while he works (does a surgeon sit, or an orchestra        Tree Friends, The PJs and Bump in the Night. edie ichioka has
edie@bunrab.com                            conductor or a butcher?); film acting (he calls it a “theater       been an assistant editor since 1988, assisting Walter murch on The
                                           of thought,” stating that we as viewers watch are people’s          English Patient and The Godfather III, and also working on major
                                                                                                               productions such as Toy Story 2 and The Nightmare Before
                                           thoughts flickering across their faces); Touch of Evil (which
                                                                                                               Christmas.
                                           murch reedited in 1998 guided by orson Welles’s detailed
                                           58-page memo written some 40 years earlier); that unique
                                           sense of “mass intimacy” in a movie theater; what cooking and
                                           editing have in common (adding something bitter to bring out
                                           the inherent sweetness of the dish); and much, much more.
                                           murch is a generous and erudite man, in love with what he
                                           does and eager to share and explicate his passions. studded
                                           with illuminating clips from many of his films, and codirected by
                                           one of his former assistant editors, Murch is the equivalent of
                                           an audience with the master.

                                           —Tod Booth




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              CineMA BY The BAY                               local filmmaker miles matthew montalbano’s feature debut is
                                                              the most open-hearted and open-minded political portrait to
              UsA                                             come down the pike in ages. Written under the influence of
              2007                                            Bush’s iraqatastrophe and the vietnam War–era landmarks
              80 Min.                                         Medium Cool and Zabriskie Point, and directed with a
                                                              nod to the french new Wave, this Bay Area diY production
              DiR miles matthew montalbano
                                                              imagines a trio of responses to the current repressive climate.
                                                                                                                                   Miles MATTheW
              PROD miles matthew montalbano
                                                              mackenzie firgens gives a screen-melting, star-making                MOnTAlBAnO

              sCR miles matthew montalbano
                                                              performance as the aptly named hope, a young woman with
                                                              an undercurrent of vague idealism, an abundance of common            California-born miles matthew montalbano played bass in beloved
              CAM Christian Bruno, k.C. smith
                                                              sense and no real direction. her best friend, francine (a            san francisco band sister double happiness. he segued into
              eD miles matthew montalbano
                                                                                                                                   filmmaking by directing the group’s no-budget video for The
              MUs Jonathan richman
                                                              bold, brave turn by lauren fox), dismisses any discussion of
                                                                                                                                   Whipping Song. montalbano edited the documentary D.I.Y. or
              CAsT mackenzie firgens, samuel Child, lauren
                                                              philosophy and meaning in favor of a live-for-today frenzy of
                                                                                                                                   Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist, then directed
              fox, kaz kilberg, Ari Gold, Amanda foreman,     drugs, sex and more drugs. When hope hooks up with frankie,
                                                                                                                                   the Jonathan richman concert film, Take Me to the Plaza. he
              Chuck Prophet                                   an earnest, likable fellow who’s signed on to a subversive           also contributed to the locally produced antiwar documentary We
              PRinT sOURCe Gray eminence films, 191 Caselli   plot to attack an unknown target, the stakes are kicked up a         Interrupt This Empire. Revolution Summer marks his narrative
              Avenue, san francisco, CA 94114 emAil: info@    few notches. Brimming with restless energy and a palpable            feature debut.
              revolutionsummerfilm.com                        intelligence, and driven by Christian Bruno and k.C. smith’s
                                                              probing camerawork, Revolution Summer is an up-close
              Presented in association with film Arts         and deeply personal meditation on individual responsibility in
              foundation.                                     the modern age. A provocation spawned by an extraordinarily
                                                              deep conviction, the film is nonetheless the antithesis of a self-
                                                              indulgent screed. it abounds with countless small pleasures,
                                                              from the tasty, spare soundtrack by Jonathan richman to
                                                              gritty glimpses of san francisco and oakland, to a tongue-in-
                                                              cheek cameo by local rocker Chuck Prophet. With this sexy,
                                                              dangerous drama that dances on the razor’s edge between
                                                              anomie and violence, montalbano announces himself as a
                                                              filmmaker to watch.

                                                              —Michael Fox




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sTRAnGe CUlTURe




                                                                                                                                                                                              spotlight:
CineMA BY The BAY                              everything changed for conceptual artist steve kurtz on
                                               the morning of may 11, 2004, when he awoke to discover
WEST COAST PrEMIErE                            that his 45-year-old wife, hope, had died in her sleep. A
                                               domestic tragedy turned into a kafkaesque nightmare after
UsA                                            the paramedics he summoned, alarmed by the Petri dishes,
2006                                           scientific equipment and books in his house, reported him
75 Min.                                        to the fBi as a suspected bio-terrorist. the founders of the
                                                                                                                 lYnn heRshMAn leesOn
                                               Critical Art ensemble, kurtz and his wife had been working on
DiR lynn hershman leeson                       an installation about the emergence of biotechnology for the      lynn hershman leeson helped pioneer the use of interactive
PROD steven C. Beer, lise swenson, lynn        massachusetts museum of Contemporary Art. the live cultures       computer art and virtual sets in film with her 1997 feature
hershman leeson                                they were using were as harmless as yogurt, but a hazmat          Conceiving Ada (sfiff 1997), which received the outstanding
sCR lynn hershman leeson                       team from Quantico descended on their home, arrested kurtz,       Achievement in drama Award from the festival of electronic
                                               carried away his equipment, computers and papers, and seized      Cinema. Acclaimed for her experimental shorts and the tilda
CAM hiro narita
                                                                                                                 swinton-starring feature Teknolust (sfiff 2002), hershman
eD lynn hershman leeson                        his wife’s body from the coroner. lynn hershman leeson’s
                                                                                                                 leeson’s other awards include the Zkm media Arts Award, the
MUs the residents                              unconventional documentary, which features kurtz himself
                                                                                                                 flintridge foundation Award for lifetime Achievement in the visual
CAsT tilda swinton, thomas Jay ryan, Peter     and actors tilda swinton, Peter Coyote, thomas Jay ryan
                                                                                                                 Arts, the Golden nica in interactive arts, and the Award for Positive
Coyote, Josh kornbluth, steve kurtz, shoresh   (Fay Grim, also screening at this year’s festival) and Josh       innovations in media from the digital media and Arts Association.
Alaudini                                       kornbluth, combines reenactments and interviews to tell a tale    she is professor emeritus at the university of California, davis.
PRinT sOURCe ross Clark, sacks & Co., 427      of government overreaction that would be comic if it weren’t
West 14th street, new York, nY 10014 emAil:    appalling and still unresolved nearly three years later. though
ross@sacksco.com                               cleared of bio-terrorism, kurtz still faces federal indictments
                                               that could result in a long prison term. Strange Culture is
                                               a story not only of post-9/11 paranoia but also of the clash
                                               between the “strange culture” of art and dissent and a Justice
                                               department unwilling to admit it has made a mistake.

                                               —Pamela Troy




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              WOnDeRs ARe MAnY
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              CineMA BY The BAY                              Award-winning director Jon else revisits the subject of
                                                             his 1981 documentary The Day After Trinity—J. robert
              UsA                                            oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb—but
              2007                                           fashions a completely different film with this fascinating look at
              94 Min.                                        the making of the san francisco opera’s 2005 world premiere
                                                             of Doctor Atomic. else tracks the collaborative process
              DiR Jon else
                                                             undertaken by the opera’s composer, Bay Area treasure John
                                                                                                                                   JOn else
              PROD Bonni Cohen, Jon else
                                                             Adams, and its director, internationally renowned visionary
              sCR Jon else
                                                             dramaturge Peter sellars. having previously worked together           recipient of the Golden Gate Persistence of vision award in 2005,
              CAM John shenk, michael Chin
                                                             on The Death of Klinghoffer and Nixon in China, Adams                 Jon else has directed and produced many documentaries including
                                                             and sellars make a perfect artistic match. they search for            Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle (1999), which won a
              eD deborah hoffman
                                                             their story in oppenheimer’s correspondence and poetry,               national emmy Award; Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (1989);
              CAsT John Adams, Peter sellars
                                                             eventually deciding to focus on the 48 hours leading up to the        The Day After Trinity (sfiff 1990, 2004), which was nominated
              PRinT sOURCe Actual films, 11th street #221,
                                                                                                                                   for an Academy Award for Best documentary; and Cadillac Desert
              san francisco, CA 94103 fAX: 415-575-0826      first atomic test in 1945. verité footage of the making of the
                                                                                                                                   (1997). he was the series producer and cinematographer for the
              emAil: bonni@actualfilms.net                   opera is juxtaposed with archival interviews with oppenheimer
                                                                                                                                   acclaimed series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years
                                                             and his fellow physicists, scenes of the test site and recently
                                                                                                                                   (1990-2006). else also has worked as a cinematographer on
                                                             declassified footage of nuclear testing. this archival footage        hundreds of documentaries for network, cable and public television.
                                                             inspires the opera’s props team to create a remarkable bomb           he is the head of uC Berkeley’s Center for new documentary.
                                                             set-piece. sellars remarks that oppenheimer and his team
                                                             were not sure how effective the bomb would be, or to what end
                                                             their invention would lead, then confesses, “i don’t know how
                                                             [the opera] will end, either.” else brilliantly observes the making
                                                             of this moving opera, which in the gifted hands of sellars
                                                             and Adams transforms a seminal, still-shocking moment in
                                                             American history into a work of art.

                                                             —Chuleenan Svetvilas




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                                                                                                                                                                                                  spotlight:
kinOTek                                            imagine a film that contains the following scenes: french
                                                   philosopher Jacques derrida reinterprets the characters of
enGlAnD                                            oedipus and Antigone, explaining how their stories preempt
2007                                               a new cinema that will emerge in the 21st century; stanford
60 Min.                                            linear Accelerator Center (slAC) physicists detail a camera
                                                   that can capture minute slivers of time; German artist Joseph
DiR ken mcmullen
                                                   Beuys poses a confrontation between the written word and
                                                                                                                      ken MCMUllen
PROD ken mcmullen
                                                   physical action; and striking reconstructions of John milton’s,
sCR ken mcmullen
                                                   Jorge luis Borges’s and fernando Passoa’s poems are                ken mcmullen began his artistic career as a painter turning to
CAM elso roque, Yulia kovas
                                                   spoken and performed by leading actors such as Henry               filmmaking in 1981. his feature films include Zina (1985) and
eD Justinian Buckley
                                                   and June’s maria de medeiros. All the while, cutting-edge          Ghostdance (1983). his work often investigates the overlapping
                                                   practitioners of high-energy physics at slAC are caught up         fields of art, politics, science and philosophy. he holds a research
MUs david Cunningham
                                                   in a crime story shot in los Angeles in 1971 and revisited in      professorship with the london institute and lectures on cinema
CAsT Jacques derrida, Joseph Beuys, neil Calder,
                                                                                                                      and fine art practice in london, Paris, lisbon and Beijing. his
John shrapnel, John Berger                         2006. now imagine that all of these elements are thrown into
                                                                                                                      most recent documentary, Art, Poetry and Particle Physics
PRinT sOURCe emAil: k.mcmullen@lcc.arts.ac.uk      dialogue during a live multimedia performance, edited in real-
                                                                                                                      (2004), features renowned critic John Berger in a discussion with
                                                   time as viewers watch and listen in astonishment. this mind-
                                                                                                                      experimental physicists about the nature and experience of the
Presented in association with the exploratorium.   boggling mix-and-match of content and form makes up the            world.
                                                   live-cinema spectacle Arrows of Time, presented here as a
                                                   world premiere. director and artist ken mcmullen has amassed
                                                   an impressive array of documentary footage of artists,
                                                   philosophers and scientists. this material forms the basis
                                                   for an elaborate timeline of ideas, images and sounds that
                                                   contrasts new discoveries in high-energy physics with other
                                                   distinct yet overlapping cultural developments in fields such as
                                                   philosophy, poetry, film and video. expect the unexpected.

                                                   —Sean Uyehara




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                                                          hAlOU                                                                                                            TARenTel
                                                                                                                 MOBile exPOsURe




              hAlOU, TARenTel AnD The GReenWORlD
spotlight:




              kinOTek                      these two beloved bands go green for this celebratory evening
                                           in honor of the winners of this year’s Golden Gate Awards
              total running time120 min.   and GreenWorld Contest for online video shorts (see page
                                           202 for details). Given both halou’s and tarentel’s penchant
                                           for incorporating original visual backdrops to their live music
                                           performances, it’s surprising that the bands have not yet
                                           shared the same bill, an oversight that this special event will
                                                                                                                 hAlOU
                                           remedy in style. halou highlights the ethereal voice of rebecca
                                           Coseboom (think hope sandoval or margo timmins) amid the              With this year’s release of Wholeness and Separation, halou
                                           band’s atmospheric organic and electronic beats, and adds a           celebrates its first decade as one of san francisco’s best bands.
                                           layer of mind candy with CGi and cutout animation projections.        in recent years, band members have applied their remarkable
                                           similarly, since 2003 tarentel has collaborated with local            production skills to recording and remixing works by dJ shadow,
                                                                                                                 lyrics Born, Blackalicious, John Cale, low, no doubt and frank
                                           filmmaker/artist Paul Clipson, including his super 8mm films
                                                                                                                 sinatra, and scored a number-one Billboard hit with their remix of
                                           into all of their live performances. tarentel’s thick, jam-oriented
                                                                                                                 rod stewart’s “da Ya think i’m sexy.” the band also has scored
                                           psychedelic music dovetails perfectly with Clipson’s improvised       the award-winning independent films This Girl’s Life and Quality
                                           visual aesthetic. together, halou and tarentel will present           of Life.
                                           contrasting and intense multimedia performances sure to
                                           expand preconceived notions regarding the ways in which
                                           sound and image can coalesce and clash. Between sets will
                                           be a screening of the GreenWorld Contest–winning video, a
                                           two-minute instant classic that addresses environmental issues
                                           with clarity, compassion and gusto. videos made by contest
                                           finalists will screen throughout the evening in mighty’s side
                                           room. note: Admission to mighty ages 21 and up only; proof of
                                           age will be required at the door.                                     TARenTel

                                                                                                                 formed in san francisco in 1995, tarentel has been described
                                           —Sean Uyehara                                                         as everything from “filling empty spaces with lush tapestries of
                                                                                                                 sound” (Salon) to “smudged and crumpled holograms of sun-dried
                                                                                                                 wilderness” (Pitchfork Media). the cinematic nature of tarentel’s
                                                                                                                 music has worked wonders in independent films such as sam
                                                                                                                 Green’s The Weather Underground (sfiff 2003), Carrie
                                                                                                                 lozano’s Reporter Zero and The Vice Guide to Travel. since
                                                                                                                 2003, tarentel has collaborated with local filmmaker/artist Paul
                                                                                                                 Clipson, whose improvised super 8mm films are incorporated into
                                                                                                                 all of the band’s concerts.




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                                                                                                                                                                                             spotlight:
kinOTek                                        there are a number of virtues to “live cinema,” a hybrid form of
                                               multimedia performance that includes live, real-time generation,
NOrTH AMErICAN PrEMIErE                        composition and editing of moving images and sound. living
                                               Cinema, an internationally renowned collaboration between
UsA/CAnADA                                     san francisco composer Bob ostertag and Quebecois
2007                                           animator Pierre hébert, maximizes the performative aspects
60 Min.                                        of its live cinema events, bringing immediacy and topical
                                                                                                                  PieRRe héBeRT                 BOB OsTeRTAG
DiR Pierre hébert, Bob ostertag                relevance to astute and biting cultural commentary. Special
PRinT sOURCe living Cinema, 737 Capp street,   Forces, a pointed and urgent view of the 2006 israeli invasion     Born in montreal in 1944, Pierre hébert teaches animation at
san francisco, CA 94110 emAil: bob.ostertag@   of lebanon, will exemplify this approach. ostertag and hébert      a number of universities and writes extensively for periodicals.
mac.com                                        presented its world premiere at the irtijal ’07 free improvised    he worked at the prestigious national film Board of Canada for
                                               music festival in Beirut, lebanon in early April. While in the     30 years as a director of films and an animation youth studio. in
                                               middle east, living Cinema gathered images from Beirut             1986, he invented an unusual kind of performance—live scratched
                                                                                                                  animation—that he performed live and that garnered attention
                                               to use in the work’s north American premiere at sfiff 50,
                                                                                                                  from musicians worldwide. in 1993, he was elected president of
                                               thereby making it as current as possible. the project is a
                                                                                                                  the Cinémathèque Québécoise, and in 2004 received the Albert
                                               meditation on, and critique of, the relationships between
                                                                                                                  tessier Quebec Government award for cinema.
                                               war, video games and technology. to that end, ostertag and
                                               hébert have customized standard game pads (like he ones            Born in Albuquerque, new mexico in 1957, Bob ostertag has been
                                               that come with nintendo) so that they will trigger sounds and      on the cutting edge of new music for two decades. his creative
                                               images from a variety of sources, including video games, war       and unorthodox work with digital sampling and recording has
                                               footage and original images filmed during living Cinema’s          established him as an influential pioneer in these media. he has
                                               travels. ostertag will create a score and soundscape comprised     created a string of major multimedia works that combine sound,
                                                                                                                  image and live performance and that often address political issues.
                                               entirely of video game sound clips, while hébert will create
                                                                                                                  ostertag designs his own sophisticated performance software and
                                               animations on the spot that will interact with original and
                                                                                                                  instruments. his compositions for the kronos Quartet and his own
                                               altered images and sounds.
                                                                                                                  say no more ensemble are widely recognized as major works of
                                                                                                                  new music.
                                               —Sean Uyehara




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              WhY DiDn’T AnYBODY Tell Me iT WOUlD
              BeCOMe This BAD in AfGhAnisTAn
              WAArOM HEEFT NIEMAND MIj VErTELD DAT HET zO ErG zOU WOrDEN IN AFGHANISTAN
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              kinOTek                                       told through the eyes of a traumatized dutch soldier who
                                                            has returned home from a tour of Afghanistan, Why didn’t
              WEST COAST PrEMIErE                           anybody . . . documents the brewing tensions between
                                                            native dutch citizenry, immigrant youth and the police in a
              hOllAnD/nAMiBiA                               small square in the heart of Amsterdam. in this decidedly
              2007                                          experimental work, shot almost entirely with a cell phone
              70 Min.                                       video camera, these tensions are made palpable through
                                                                                                                                 CYRUs fRisCh
                                                            a process of accumulation. scene after scene of youths
              DiR Cyrus frisch                              gathering, police detentions and aimless protests are lensed         Cyrus frisch has been hailed by the dutch press as the most
              PROD Cyrus frisch                             from a claustrophobic, subjective viewpoint. the film also           provocative filmmaker currently working in holland. his film
              sCR Cyrus frisch                              happens to be the first feature-length work shot on a cell           Self-Pity (1993) consists of frisch trying to drown himself while
                                                            phone to screen at the rotterdam international film festival,        a famous dutch film critic tears apart his graduate thesis film. in
              CAM Cyrus frisch
                                                            making it the first such work to premiere at any international       2001, frisch directed Forgive Me, in which he challenges himself
              eD Cyrus frisch
                                                                                                                                 to make a film that will be morally unacceptable to his audience.
              CAsT Cyrus frisch                             festival of prestige worldwide. in itself, this represents a major
                                                                                                                                 While at the rotterdam international film festival, frisch joined a
              PRinT sOURCe stichting filmkracht,            accomplishment, but more importantly it recharges the first-
                                                                                                                                 soccer match of european vs. malaysian filmmakers. frisch’s wrist
              Windrooskade 38, 1018 ZX Amsterdam, holland   person narrative with startling intensity. director Cyrus frisch
                                                                                                                                 was broken during the match, and the aftermath was recorded by a
              emAil: cyrusfrisch@hotmail.com                uses the qualities of the cell phone—its degraded video quality,     multitude of cell phone cameras.
                                                            its mobility, its unique cultural standing as both a public and
              Presented in association with                 private tool for communication—to imbue his film with themes
              san francisco Cinematheque.                   of intense subjectivity, alienated paranoia and the immediacy
                                                            of documentary. frisch notes, “there is a lot of fear about
                                                            war, the environment and the economy, and this is projected
                                                            onto something smaller that we can cope with, like immigrant
                                                            kids in our streets. But, at the end of the day, i think it is
                                                            understandable and even healthy that we feel insecure about
                                                            our future.”

                                                            —Sean Uyehara




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BlACk sheeP




                                                                                                                                                                                             spotlight:
The lATe shOW                                    forget mad cow disease—it’s mary’s little lambs you need to
                                                 worry about! With a little creature and makeup assistance from
WEST COAST PrEMIErE                              Peter Jackson’s formidable Weta workshop, debut director
                                                 Jonathan king has crafted a witty and delightfully gory tale
neW ZeAlAnD                                      delineating the havoc that ensues when genetically engineered
2006                                             sheep are introduced onto a family farm. the oldfields have
86 Min.                                          been farming in new Zealand for generations. however, the
                                                                                                                   JOnAThAn kinG
                                                 current youngest sibling, henry, suffers from ovinophobia and
DiR Jonathan king                                wants nothing more than to sell his part of the farm to his       Before Black Sheep, Jonathan king directed numerous
PROD Philippa Campbell                           machinating older brother, Angus, who has been perfecting         commercials and more than 100 music videos. he also made two
sCR Jonathan king                                a process to breed a new kind of supersheep. though these         shorts, Still and Chogar. king recently cowrote the screenplay for
                                                 novel creatures of snow-white fleece offer more meat to the       Peter Burger’s upcoming feature The Tattooist.
CAM richard Bluck
eD Chris Plummer                                 pound, they also have a predilection for the taste of human
MUs victoria kelly                               flesh, and their unfortunate victims soon develop the same
CAsT oliver driver, Peter feeney, tammy davis,   gustatory desires. When a pair of environmental activists
danielle mason, nathan meister                   accidentally sets one of the mutant muttons loose, henry
PRinT sOURCe ifC films, 11 Penn Plaza,15th       must face his greatest fears in order to save his land and
floor, new York, nY 10001 fAX: 646-273-7250      the naturally bleating beasts that occupy it. understanding
emAil: kakalyka@ifcfilms.com                     the inherent campiness of his plot, king never relents for a
                                                 moment, letting the wool and appendages fly, with nods to
Presented in association with                    other horror classics along the way. After one of the activists
Another hole in the head.                        is bitten, his transformation recalls those from The Howling
                                                 and An American Werewolf in London. A couple of nifty
                                                 hitchcock parodies are played with particular humor and
                                                 finesse. Combining comedy with chills is not always easy, but
                                                 with Black Sheep Jonathan king proves he’s definitely got
                                                 the chops.

                                                 —Rod Armstrong




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              COlD PReY
              FrITT VILT
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              The lATe shOW                                      in this spectacularly scary slasher film, five snowboarders
                                                                 encounter an axe-wielding assassin in an abandoned ski
              WEST COAST PrEMIErE                                lodge. the scenario is established quickly and efficiently by
                                                                 first-time director roar uthaug, who brings a scandinavian chill
              nORWAY                                             to the genre. An opening prologue shows the disappearance
              2006                                               of a young boy into a mountain crevasse. A run of newspaper
              97 Min.                                            articles about skiers continually going missing on this same
                                                                                                                                       ROAR UThAUG
                                                                 mountain follows. so when a vanload of college students
              DiR roar uthaug                                    heads to the slopes for easter break, it’s pretty easy to surmise     Born in norway in1973 , roar uthaug began making films in the
              PROD magne lyngner, martin sundland                the horrors waiting in store. the quintet is comprised of two         eighth grade with an opus entitled The Axe Killer. he went on to
              sCR thomas moldestad                               hot-and-heavy couples and a lone guy named tobias who has             make music videos for his own compositions. he has made three
                                                                 romantic longings for one of the paired-off women. there’s not        shorts in different genres, including the highly acclaimed student
              CAM daniel voldheim
                                                                 much time for him to pine though, because poor tobias suffers         film The Martin Administration. Cold Prey is his first feature film.
              eD Jon endre mørk
              MUs magnus Beite                                   a nasty accident near the mountain’s peak on the group’s first
              CAsT ingrid Bolsø Berdal, rolf kristian larsen,    day of vacation. spotting a nearby building, the friends carry
              endre martin midstigen, viktoria Winge, hallvard   their fallen compatriot there to wait out the night, little knowing
              holmen, tomas Alf larsen                           that their choice of lodging will prove fatal. screenwriter
              PRinT sOURCe norwegian film institute, P.o.        thomas moldestad reinvigorates the horror genre by imbuing
              Box 482, sentrum, n-0105 oslo, norway fAX:         his vivid characters with distinct personalities—it’s genuinely
              +47-22-47-45-99 emAil: stine@nfi.no.               affecting to see some of them iced. there is suspenseful fun
                                                                 to be had as well, piecing together the killer’s motivations as
              Presented in association with Yerba Buena Center   our comely collegiates are picked off one by one. upping the
              for the Arts and with support from the Consulate
                                                                 tension are wintry cinematography and expert use of music
              General of norway, san francisco.
                                                                 and sound effects throughout. like last year’s surprise hit The
                                                                 Descent (sfiff 2006), Cold Prey is a truly satisfying viewing
                                                                 experience and a redoubtable reminder that great slasher films
                                                                 are alive and well.

                                                                 —Rod Armstrong




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GhOsT TRAin
OTOSHIMONO




                                                                                                                                                                                                  spotlight:
The lATe shOW                                       Bringing a much-needed jolt to the J-horror genre, Ghost
                                                    Train successfully employs thematic devices from Japanese
NOrTH AMErICAN PrEMIErE                             fright fare of years past—Ring, The Grudge and Suicide
                                                    Club, among others—with additional scare tactics borrowed
JAPAn
                                                    from italian giallos and stateside classics to offer viewers an
2006                                                unsettling and frequently surprising ride. A smart but friendless
93 Min.                                             teenager named nana attempts to track down her younger
                                                                                                                        TAkeshi fURUsAWA
                                                    sister noriko, last seen wandering on a deserted subway
DiR takeshi furusawa                                platform. noriko’s disappearance seems tied to that of her          takeshi furusawa has worked as an assistant director for highly
PROD Yoshitaka ishizuka, nozomu enoki               young neighbor, since both youngsters found a “lost” rail pass      respected Japanese filmmakers such as kiyoshi kurosawa and
sCR takeshi furusawa, erika tanaka                  before going missing. Assisting in the search is a reformed         shinji Aoyama. his collaboration with kurosawa includes a co-
                                                    snob from nana’s class burdened by a mysterious bracelet she        screenwriting credit on Doppelganger (sfiff 2004). he made
CAM tomoyuki mizuguchi
                                                    can’t remove, and a train conductor suspended from driving          his directorial debut with Lost My Way in 2004. Ghost Train is his
eD mashahiro onaga, isao kawase
                                                                                                                        second feature.
MUs Yusuke hayashi                                  because he keeps seeing phantoms on the tracks. together,
CAsT shun oguri, erika sawajiri, Chinatsu           this foursome endeavors to unravel the various mysteries
Wakatsuki,                                          at the heart of the film. Along the way, viewers are treated
PRinT sOURCe Adv films, 5750 Bintliff drive         to the expected tropes of the field, but often in unexpected
suite 210, houston, tX 77036 fAX: 713-341-          ways: ghostly gals with long dark hair—check; teenagers
7199 emAil: emccoy@advfilms.com                     with unexamined homoerotic desires—check; lovable tykes
                                                    who instantly turn demonic—check; and a haunting built on
Presented in association with Another hole in the   a history of longing and loss. As the film careers toward its
head.                                               Grand Guignol climax in a cavernous passage filled with
                                                    more than just ghosts, furusawa’s original vision reaches
                                                    its peak. Without resorting to graphic violence or needless
                                                    sound effects, Ghost Train scares in just the way a horror film
                                                    should—through resonant images and compelling storytelling.

                                                    —Rod Armstrong




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              The siGnAl
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              The lATe shOW                                      thwarting expectations at every turn, a trio of Atlanta-based
                                                                 filmmakers offers up a clever and gruesome satire of media
              WEST COAST PrEMIErE                                and modern technology using a spookily effective tripartite
                                                                 form. taking cues from kiyoshi kurosawa’s classic J-horror
              UsA                                                film Pulse and stephen king’s recent novel Cell, this late-
              2006                                               night chiller takes place in a town called terminus where
              99 Min.                                            things have gone nutso, apparently the result of a trippy
                                                                                                                                    DAviD BRUCkneR                DAn BUsh
                                                                 visual signal coming through the residents’ television sets. As
              DiR david Bruckner, dan Bush, Jacob Gentry         a seemingly immune woman named mya sets out for home               this trio of filmmakers has been working together since 1999,
              PROD Alexander A. motlagh, Jacob Gentry            after an adulterous tryst, she finds a strange man bleeding in     conceiving The Signal together out of their dailies project in
              sCR david Bruckner, dan Bush, Jacob Gentry         a parking garage and a murderous spouse in her apartment.          Atlanta. this is the debut feature for david Bruckner and dan Bush.
                                                                 As the action and gore quickly escalate to a bloody froth, the     Jacob Gentry’s first film, Last Goodbye, premiered at the 2004
              CAM david Bruckner, dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
                                                                 film abruptly shifts to a more comedic vein and focuses on a       tribeca film festival.
              eD david Bruckner, dan Bush, Jacob Gentry
              MUs Ben lovett, matthew Compton, Paloma            suburbanite preparing for a new Year’s eve party—with just
              udovic                                             the small matter of her dead husband to set things awry. As
              CAsT Anessa ramsey, sahr ngaujah, AJ Bowen,        characters from the first segment pop up in surprising places,
              matt stanton, shehyt el-Ahar, Justin Welborn,      the filmmakers make it clear that their goal is to mess with our
              Cheri Christian, scott Poythress                   heads and play with preconceived notions of genre and tone.
              PRinT sOURCe magnolia Pictures, 49 West 27th       With its group of talented actors and range of playful cinematic
              street, 7th floor, new York, nY 10001 fAX: 212-    references, including nods to ’70s grindhouse classics, The
              924-6742 emAil: bwestcott@magpictures.com          Signal offers an unsettling mix of absurd humor and explicit       JACOB GenTRY
                                                                 gore with a melancholy existential undercurrent. As one
              Presented in association with Yerba Buena Center   philosophical character opines, “You had to kill those people;
              for the Arts.
                                                                 they were keeping you from happiness.”

                                                                 —Rod Armstrong




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