Posts Tagged ‘films’

San Francisco Film Society Presents the 2011 New Italian Cinema Festival – Nov 13-20 at Embarcadero Ctr. Cinema

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

It’s back! It’s New Italian Cinema from the SFFS.

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“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.

Download the program (PDF)
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The SFFS has tons of stuff like this going on all the time, year in and year out. Check it:

Anyway, here are two of the Italian films they have coming up and the rest you can see after the jump.

Ci vediamo al teatro! Perche no?

A Quiet Life

Claudio Cupellini
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 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

The First Assignment

Giorgia Cecere
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 

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas

“China Underground” Film Series Runs Dec. 3-5 at VIZ Cinema – “Unauthorized, Uncensored, Independent”

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Here’s the contention:

“Independent documentaries are the only free media existing in mainland China today.”

Do y0u buy that? Well, see for yourself at China Underground from December 3-5  at VIZ Cinema on Post Street in the New People Building.

All the deets:

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.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Friday Nights at the de Young – Free Admission on September 17th to Honor Mexico’s Bicentennial

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Head on over to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park this Friday evening to get almost four hours worth of celebration for Mexico’s Bicentennial.

And it’s all free so you’ll also be able to stroll about  the permanent collection galleries at no charge during this special Friday Night at the de Young.

All the deets:

“On Friday, September 17, in celebration of Mexico’s Bicentennial, thede Young is offering free admission to the permanent collection galleries from 5–8:45 pm in conjunction with Friday Nights at the de Young.

In honor of the bicentennial, the de Young proudly presents an evening of film, fashion, dance and musicto celebrate Mexico’s artistic achievements. Activities include:

• Projections by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida and Nora Enriquez
Short films from the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival
Fashion show presented by the Academy of Art University in collaboration with Irene Hernández of Chillin’ Productions
Smuin Ballet performance directed by Celia Fushille
• Music by Club Unicornio featuring Julio Morales y Juan Alvin and the world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah

The festivities are organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco”

Audiovisuals to set the ambience
6:30–8:30 p.m. Presented by artists Sergio de la Torre, Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez
Short films
6:30–8:30 p.m. Featured in the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival
Club Unicornio 
6:30–7:00 p.m. DJs Julio Morales y Juan Alvin mix obscure Latin American sights and sounds.
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. Presented by the Academy of Art University in collaboration with Irene Hernández
Smuin Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille
7:20 p.m. Dance performance honoring Mexico’s celebration
World-renowned DJ Toy Selectah
7:45–8:45 p.m. Music to turn the de Young into a typical night out in Mexico City
Hands-on art making for everyone, with Mademoiselle Kim
6:00–8:30 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial with your own Maya warrior headdress.
September Artists-in-Residence Kearny Street Workshop
1:00–8:30 p.m. Four interdisciplinary artists create original works in Transforming Fictions.

In celebration of the bicentennial of the independence of Mexico, the de Young Museum proudly presents an evening in honor of Mexico’s artistic creativity. This event is the culmination point of a year-round celebration program organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco.

The event will feature a combination of audiovisuals, short films, fashion, dance, and music that will bond with the museum’s permanent collection to create a unique art experience that will showcase modern Mexico.

To set the ambience, artists Sergio de la Torre (event curator), Ana Labastida, and Nora Enriquez will present a a retrospective of Mexico’s 200-year artistic evolution through a series of monumental projections all around the museum; the Koret Auditorium will feature a selection of short films from the 2009 Morelia International Film Festival, one of Mexico’s most important film festivals; the Academy of Art University, in collaboration with Irene Hernández (Chillin’ Productions), will present a fashion show inspired by Mexican culture; the Smuin Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille, will perform a show honoring Mexico’s celebration; and Club Unicornio (Julio Morales y Juan Alvin) and the world-renowned DJ Toy Selectah will be in charge of turning the museum into a typical night out in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City.

Read more about this event in the Press Release below.

Ticket Information

Free programs and admission