All the deets from your Sundance Kabuki Cinemas at Post and Fillmore in Japantown:
“Starts Friday: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship and revenge starring Charlie Sheen as a successful LA graphic designer whose money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. His true love dumps him, and it all falls apart. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette. Join us in welcoming Director Roman Coppola for Q+A’s after the 7.15pm shows Friday and Saturday nights.”
“1 Screen. Built in 1939. Operated by Landmark since 1991. Only one mile west of Japan Town and one mile south of the Presidio, the Bridge Theatre is conveniently and centrally located in the Inner Richmond District. Named after the Golden Gate bridge which was built two years before, it is one of San Francisco’s most beloved single-screen movie palaces, featuring independent films and foreign language cinema since the 1950s.”
“November 13–20, 2011
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema
Celebrating 15 years in San Francisco, New Italian Cinema 2011 offers Opening and Closing Night presentations with work by prominent Italian directors. A three-film tribute to Daniele Luchetti will open the Festival, followed by seven features by up-and-coming directors in the City of Florence competition. The films in this year’s program investigate topics including corporate malfeasance, office politics, rural life and war, as experienced by Italians from every walk of life. Closing Night offers the latest by one of Italy’s most respected filmmakers, Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam. A festive Closing Night reception at a nearby restaurantwill finish out the festival.
Buried secrets and a criminal past lead the proprietor of a swank hotel in Germany to desperate acts in this powerful drama from the director of Lessons in Chocolate (NIC 2008). When Diego and Eduardo, two young hotheads visiting from Italy on shady business, arrive at Rosario’s establishment, it is soon evident that they want more from him than just a place to lie low. The motivations behind their visit become increasingly fraught on all sides until the hotelier is forced to protect the new life he’s built—at all costs. Read more…
Sunday, November 13, 1:00 pm; Friday, November 18, 6:30 pm
In 1950s Puglia, headstrong young Nena is sent to a mountain village many miles away for her first teacher placement. Unhappily leaving her wealthy boyfriend behind, she faces a scruffy set of undereducated pupils and a group of locals suspicious of outsiders. With a style that tells the story visually rather than verbally, this is a moving portrait of an independent woman attempting to overcome the restrictions places against her. Read more…
Sunday November 13, 3:45 pm; Saturday November 19, 6:30 pm
“DARK PASSAGE MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF FILM IN THE FOG AT THE PRESIDIO - FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING OF CLASSIC 1947 BOGIE AND BACALL FILM-NOIR THRILLER
Presidio of San Francisco — Celebrate the 10TH anniversary of Film in the Fog when the Presidio Trust and the San Francisco Film Society present the film-noir thriller, Dark Passage starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Saturday, October 1 at 7pm on the lawn of the Main Post Theater, 99 Moraga Avenue in the Presidio. Admission is free.
Filmed almost entirely on location in San Francisco (including one remarkably tense scene on the Golden Gate Bridge), Delmer Daves’ gritty, 1947 classic tells the story of convicted murderer Vincent Parry (Bogart) who escapes from San Quentin in order to prove his innocence and is taken in by, and falls for, a sympathetic, young artist played by Bacall. The third of four films Bogart and Bacall made together, Dark Passage is most noted for its first third, which is shot entirely from Parry’s point of view. In fact Bogart is not seen on screen until roughly an hour into the movie.
Dark Passage begins at sunset (approximately 7:00pm). Pre-show entertainment begins at 5:00pm and includes live music from indie rockers Grass Widow and an animated classic. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and to arrive early to reserve a prime spot (and dress warmly, it’s not called Film in the Fog for nothing!). Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Presidio’s Kitchen 39 or bring a picnic. Free parking is available in the Main Parade lot.
For more information visit www.presidio.gov/calendar or www.sffs.org or call 415-561-5500.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to celebrating film and the moving image in all its glorious forms. Its year-round programs and events are concentrated in four core areas: Celebrating Internationalism, Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Digital Media. The film society hosts the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3, 2012), the longest running festival in the Americas; shows the best of world cinema on its SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; and publishes a daily online magazine, SF360.org, which features a broad array of news and features on Bay Area film and media. The Film Society’s acclaimed media literacy programs reach more than 8,000 students between the ages of 6-18 each year; and it provides crucial support to the Bay Area filmmaking community through SFFS Filmmaker Services including FilmHouse Residencies, fiscal sponsorship, the SFFS/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, the Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, the Hearst Screening Grant, the Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS Film Arts Forums and professional-level filmmaker classes.
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.”
VIZ Cinema in the New People Building on Post is playing host to an Akira Kurosawa / Toshiro Mifune film fest these days.
All the deets here and after the jump:
“Seven Films Playing Thru January 6th At The Bay Area Theatre Showcase Iconic Director Akira Kurosawa And Actor Toshiro Mifune
San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2010 – VIZ Cinema, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, concludes 2010 with Mifune x Kurosawa, a special new festival celebrating the work of iconic director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune beginning Saturday, December 18th and running until Thursday, January 6th.
Escape holiday doldrums with seven films including Red Beard, The Idiot, The Lower Depths, High And Low, Stray Dog, Drunken Angel, and the classic action masterpiece, Seven Samurai, which will be presented with a New Year’s reception party on January 2nd. Tickets to all screenings are $10.00 each; screening times and more details are available at:www.vizcinema.com.
Mifune x Kurosawa : A Beautiful Man
Toshiro Mifune graced Japanese cinema with his good looks, fierceness, and charisma. VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa’s films featuring Mifune at his finest moments.
Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
(1965, 185 minutes, 35mm, English Subtitles) 12/18 (Sat) @ 2:45pm
Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity.
VIZ CINEMA SPOTLIGHTS NEW CHINESE FILM MOVEMENT IN CHINA UNDERGROUND OPENING IN DECEMBER
7 Films Over 3 Days Offer a View of China as Never Seen Before
San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2010 – VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE, in association with dGenerate Films, are proud to present a fascinating series focusing on a new vanguard of Chinese independent filmmakers, whose innovative uses of digital filmmaking deliver provocative insights into the world’s largest nation. The China Underground film series opens Friday, December 3rd and runs through Sunday, December 5th. Tickets and complete details are available at: www.vizcinema.com.
All of the documentary films to be shown at the festival were made outside the official Chinese film system – unauthorized, uncensored, and totally independent. These groundbreaking films introduce a new generation of filmmakers who represent the future of Chinese cinema, using new technology to present a vision of China as never seen before. A wide variety of controversial topics and issues like homosexuality, the role of women in society, the forced relocation of citizens which preceded the 2008 Beijing Olympics, drug use, and the inner workings of Chinese law enforcement, are examined in unflinching detail in these seven films.
China Underground opens Friday December 3rd with the premiere of Queer China, “Comrade” China at 7:00pm. The screening will include a Q&A session with several guest speakers and an after-party that will immediately follow. The remaining films will be screened throughout the weekend.
You know the Bollywood movies, right? They’re like soap operas + romcoms + Janet Jackson videos all in one tidy package. So you all ought to show up at the Japantown Peace Plaza this Saturday night:
“Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 7 PM FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Peace Plaza in Japantown, Post Street at Buchanan Street
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served. Rain or Shine”
Then you can see if Nerdlinger gets the girl. And, bonus, they’re also going to show Tokyo Godfathers and Shaolin Soccer before winter’s over. And there’s a Karaoke Contest or two coming up as well. Deets below.
Bollywood Classic RAB NE BANA DI JODI (A Match Made by God, रब ने बना दी जोडी)
Have you ever stopped to wonder if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you know might have a love story to tell?
Join us for a free outdoor screening of Bollywood Classic RAB NE BANA DI JODI in the Japantown Peace Plaza. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll want to dance!
Film Overview: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Have you ever stopped to think if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you might see on the road or around you might have a love story to tell?
Maybe not! How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell?
But guess what – love does not differentiate between the ordinary and exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yield.
This is what happened to Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) – a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious – Taani (Anushka Sharma) for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together. What follows is a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, pain, music, dance and a lot of love. A journey that makes us believe that there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi.
Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 7 PM
FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Peace Plaza in Japantown, Post Street at Buchanan Street
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Rain or Shine