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San Francisco International Film Festival

April 24 to May 8, 2014

San Francisco, US

What’s It All About?

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is among the longest-running film festivals in the Americas. Organised by the San Francisco Film Society, the festival is held every spring for two weeks, presenting around 200 films from over 50 countries annually. The festival highlights current trends in international film and video production with an emphasis on work that has not yet secured US distribution.

The line-up includes a total of 168 films, completed by 74 Narrative Features, 29 Documentary Features and 65 Shorts. With 56 countries represented in 40 languages, the festival’s events include three World Premieres, five North American Premieres, five US Premieres and more than over 200 filmmakers and industry guests.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

The Two Faces Of January

Celebrated screenwriter Hossein Amini delivers a stylish directorial debut, with this adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith suspense thriller filmed on location in Greece and Turkey. The film features Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in the lead.

Centrepiece

Palo Alto

Filmmaker Gia Coppola expertly adapts James Franco’s book Palo Alto, about teenagers shifting from childhood innocence to adult responsibility. This richly atmospheric ensemble drama features a terrific cast, including Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer and Franco himself.

World Cinema Spotlight

Supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival’s World Cinema Spotlight calls attention to a current trend in international filmmaking, bringing to light hot topics, reinvigorated genres, underappreciated filmmakers and national cinema.

Films In The World Cinema Spotlight

• All About The Feathers

• The Amazing Catfish

• Bad Hair

• History Of Fear

• The Militant

Some of the other popular screenings include:

• Abuse Of Weakness

• All That Jazz

• American Dreams In China

• Borgman

• Manila In The Claws Of Light

• Frank

• Club Sandwich

• Chinese Puzzle

• Child Of God

• Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

• Tip Top

• Tracks

• The Trip To Italy

• Yves Saint Laurent

Closing Night

Alex Of Venice

The closing film Alex Of Venice is about Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), an environmental lawyer whose job often keeps her away from the home she shares with her son, husband (Messina) and actor-father (Don Johnson, in a knockout performance). Actor Chris Messina creates a winning mix of wistful comedy and heartfelt drama in this tale of accepting the unexpected. When her husband rebels against being a stay-at-home dad and takes a time out from their marriage, Alex’s world quickly becomes very complicated.

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