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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

Tonight Looks Like a Good Night for Film in the Fog: Free Outdoor Showing of Dark Passage in the Presidio

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Read all about it, below.

“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.”

OMG, See Edward Burns, a Genuine Movie Star, at the Roxie Theatre November 4th! – A Master Class and “Nice Guy Johnny”

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Our San Francisco Film Society will present a preview Screening of Nice Guy Johnny and also a “Master Class” with director Edward Burns on November 4th 2010 at the Roxie Theater in the Mission District.

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The San Francisco Film Society will present a special preview screening of Edward Burns’s new independent feature Nice Guy Johnny and Hollywood 2.0, Burns’s master class on his latest film, emerging technology and trends in independent filmmaking and distribution, ThursdayNovember 4 at the Roxie Theater.

3:00 pm Hollywood 2.0
This master class will focus on Burns’s new film Nice Guy Johnny, emerging trends in technology and the newest ways independent filmmakers create and distribute their films. The class will cover all aspects of the independent film value chain, with special emphasis on financing and distribution. Sunil Rajaraman from Scripped.com will facilitate this discussion-style class with Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, SFIFF 1995; She’s the OneSidewalks of New York, SFIFF 2001).

7:30 pm Nice Guy Johnny
Director in Person

Edward Burns (2010)
Sure, she can be a little overbearing sometimes, but Johnny Rizzo loves his fiancée Claire, and he made her a promise: By the time he’s 25, he’ll trade his current dream job as a sports talk radio host (even if it is the 2 a.m. slot) for something that’ll pay bigger bucks. And Johnny’s nothing if not a man of his word. Now he’s flying to New York to interview for some snoozeville job that Claire’s well-to-do dad set up. Enter Uncle Terry, a rascally womanizer bent on turning a day in the Hamptons into a final fling for his nephew. Nice guy Johnny’s not interested, of course, but then he meets the lovely Brooke. . . A master of the modern relationship dramedy, Edward Burns is once again in top form as a writer, director and wisecracking actor. His swaggering bartender Terry is the perfect foil to baby-faced Matt Bush’s (Adventureland) Johnny, and together they’re great at trading Burns’s characteristically sharp dialogue. More contrasts are mined with Anna Wood’s image-conscious Claire and Kerry Bische’s (Scrubs) Brooke, a blonde-haired and bright-eyed free spirit. Burns wraps a summery tone around Johnny’s real crisis: follow through with your promises, or follow your heart? —Nancy Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival.
Written by Edward Burns. Photographed by William Rexer. With Matt Bush, Kerry Bishe, Anna Wood, Edward Burns, Max Baker. 89 min.

Film $10.00 SFFS year-round members, $12.50 general, $11.00 students, seniors and persons with disabilities; master class $15.00 SFFS year-round members, $20.00 general.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit sffs.org.

New Italian Cinema Begins Today and Ends Next Sunday with Vincere

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

New Italian Cinema from the San Francisco Film Society kicks off today and will run every day through Sunday, November 22 down at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema at Sacramento and Battery.

Things start off with Fortapàsc tonight and end with the intense Vincere (nobody doesn’t love this film) on Sunday, November 22. And they’ll have nine more movies in between, seven of which are up for the City of Florence Award, so check it out and get your tickets now. Plus, free four hour parking at any of the Embarcadero Center parking garages. Bonus!

Benito Mussolini’s squadristi are all over the place in Vincere, the film from Marco Bellocchio. (It turns out that Mussolini secretly got the equivalent of $10,000 a week (as a reporter!) from British MI-5 back in the day – that might have played a part in his political transformation, which features prominently in Vincere. Just saying. Anyway…)

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See you there!

November 15–22, 2009
Copresented with New Italian Cinema Events and the Italian Cultural Institute, New Italian Cinema celebrates the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and brings the country’s newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco. A prestigious jury selects the best Italian entries from the year’s major European film festivals to compete for the City of Florence Award. Attendees enjoy not only a vibrant cinema showcase, but an immersion into Italy’s rich and storied culture with directors present to illuminate their work in lively question-and-answer sessions.

Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Free four-hour validated parking is available after 5:00 pm Monday-Friday and after 10:00 am Saturday & Sunday at any Embarcadero Center parking garage. With validation, reduced rates apply at all other times.