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The 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Award Winners – “On Tour” Tonight at the Castro

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Well it’s Closing Night already at our 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, so they’ll have a ton of films in the Japantown area and, at the big Castro Theatre, they’ll have On Tour, an “unsentimental homage to the burlesque show.”

Check it out.

“Closing Night
Attend this fabulous new film and enjoy a Closing Night party with special guests to celebrate the wrap of another great Festival. Mix and mingle with a movie-loving crowd at the Closing Night party at the legendary party space the Factory. Dance the night away to music inspired by the Closing Night film and indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. You must be 21+ to attend the party.

Acclaimed French actor Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this unsentimental homage to the burlesque show and outsized female personalities barely contained by the proscenium stage. This chatty, bawdy entertainment reminds us that women have real bodies—and they want to run the show. All the women in On Tour—winner of last year’s jury award for Best Director and FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival—are authentic American performers of what is dubbed the New Burlesque. Their acts are not only comic, theatric and erotic but also hypnotic, draped knowingly in feather boas, in a wink to audiences who think they’re watching just a striptease.

Keeping the acts and the narrative flowing is the troupe’s manager, Joachim (played by Amalric, in a performance that recalls his lovable alienated misfits in Arnaud Desplechin’s films). A former French TV producer who left France for the United States after some untold disgraces, Joachim has found renewed purpose with a bevy of burlesque queens. He accompanies them to France for a tour of the countryside that will be either a journey of redemption or an utter failure. For the sassy brassy ladies, it’s a different story. They’ve been promised Paris, but they are willing to give their all in the seedy theaters Joachim books for them in backwater towns along France’s west coast. They are pros after all and, in the end, the show must go on. —Beverly Berning”

All right, see you there!

And here are your winners, announced yesterday. Congratulations!

Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature Winners

Investigative Documentary Feature: 

Crime After Crime, Yoav Potash (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $25,000 cash prize

Documentary Feature: 

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $20,000 cash prize

Bay Area Documentary Feature: 

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway (USA 2011)

· Winner receives $15,000 cash prize and $2000 laboratory services from EFILM Digital Laboratories.

 

New Directors Award: 

The Journals of Musan, Park Jung-bum (South Korea 2010)

· Winner receives $15,000 cash prize

 

FIPRESCI Prize: 

The Salesman, Sébastien Pilote (Canada 2011)

 

Golden Gate Award Short Film Winners

Narrative Short: Blokes, Marialy Rivas (Chile 2010)

· Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Documentary Short: Into the Middle of Nowhere, Anna Frances Ewert (Scotland, England 2010)

· Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Animated Short: The External World, David O’Reilly (Ireland 2010)

· Winner receives $2,000 cash prize and Maya animation software provided by Auto Desk

Bay Area Short, First Prize: Tourist Trap, Skye Thorstenson (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $2,000 cash prize

Bay Area Short, Second Prize: Young Dracula, Alfred Seccombe (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

New Visions: Lost Lake, Zackary Drucker (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize and 1,000 feet of Kodak film stock

Work for Kids and Families: Specky Four Eyes, Jean-Claude Rozec (France 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Youth Work: Z-Man, Nat Talbot (USA 2010)

· Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Youth Work Honorable Mention: The Snowman Kelly Wilson, Neil Wrischnik (USA 2010)

Youth Work Honorable Mention: The Math Test, Sam Rubin (USA 2010)

 

53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival – Full Lineup Announced Today

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival will show 177 films from April 22 to May 6, 2010 - it promises variety and substance. Today’s news:

1. “Opening Night begins at 7:00 pm at the historic Castro Theatre, where the curtain rises on Micmacs (France), the latest whimsical creation from the endlessly inventive director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amélie and City of Lost Children). A man who lost his father to a landmine and has a bullet lodged in his own skull seeks revenge against weapons manufacturers, enlisting an eccentric gang of junk dealers into his wacky scheme. After the screening, the Opening Night party kicks off at 9:30 pm in the historic Regency Center, where partygoers can explore two levels of Edwardian splendor while enjoying refreshing cocktails, international culinary delights and to live music.

Sean Uyehara, Rachel Rosen, Rod Armstrong, and Audreey Chang at today’s presser:

2. “The Festival’s Centerpiece screening, a not-to-be-missed date night showcasing the latest work from a celebrated new director, this year features the romantic film happythankyoumoreplease (USA) followed by a chic party at one of San Francisco’s hottest nightspots. Josh Radnor’s debut, an audience favorite at Sundance 2010, shirks the sex, drugs and rock and roll allure of Manhattan’s hipster stomping grounds for an old-fashioned dose of youthful optimism and social responsibility. happythankyoumoreplease will screen at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 1 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, followed by the Centerpiece party at 9:00 pm at Manor West, located at 750 Harrison Street between Third and Fourth streets. Cool cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres will add up to one hot scene.

3. “The Festival’s Closing Night offers a rousing finale at 7 pm on Thursday, May 6, beginning with a screening of Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work (USA), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s unvarnished portrait of the pioneer comedian. The film follows the one and only Rivers over the course of a year, revealing the complexities of an inveterate entertainer who continues to persevere despite what others may think of her. Rivers and codirector Stern are expected to attend. After the screening at 9:30 pm, the Closing Night party commences at 1015 Folsom, one of San Francisco’s most vibrant clubs, where partygoers will dance the night away to hipster beats and enjoy decadent bites and well-crafted cocktails.

That’s the big news. Ever more deets, after the jump

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Roger Ebert, Jason Reitman, and Terry Zwigoff to Appear at SFIFF – Castro Theatre, May 1st

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Mark your calendars now, ’cause Pulitzer Prize­-winning film critic Roger Ebert is coming to town during the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). 

Roger will be honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends on May 1st  at the Castro Theatre.

Get your tickets soon – this one will sell out despite the massiveness of the single-screen Castro.

Deets below, see you there!

ROGER EBERT WILL RECEIVE MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD AT THE 53RD SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Pulitzer Prize­-Winning Film Critic to Be Honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends May 1 at Castro Theatre

San Francisco, CA — Roger Ebert will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). The award, named for the pioneering San Francisco art and repertory film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922-87), acknowledges an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema. The Novikoff Award will be presented at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends, Saturday, May 1 at 5:30 pm at the Castro Theatre. Confirmed guests to date include directors Jason Reitman and Terry Zwigoff, with others to be announced soon.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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SFIFF and Alpha Blondy Draw Crowds to the Lively Western Addition

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

This was the scene last night in the Fillmore / NOPA / greater Western Addition (originally lands west of Larkin, including Pacific Heights). Despite temps in the 40′s and swirling winds, you had San Francisco International Film Festival fans lined at the Sundance Kabuki all the way to Webster and Alpha Blondy fans lined up at The Independent on Divisidero. Plus free chicken on Geary.

All in all, it was a lively, if chilly, scene last night. Click to expand:   

It sort of looked like SoMA…

…but without the gunplay.

Que bueno.

Benjamin and Peter Bratt Open the SFIFF with “La Mission” at La Castro

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The poor devils in the rush line out in front of the Castro Theatre this evening had to face fierce winds while waiting to see if they’d be let in to see La Mission. A sell-out crowd enjoyed the movie as well as bacon bon bons and PopChips at the after party in la mision.

Click to expand. It sort of looks like the 1950′s, right?

A good time was had by all.

Tonight: Benjamin Bratt’s “La Mission” Kicks Off the S.F. International Film Festival

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

The 52nd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, with 170 films from 62 countries, is kicking off tonight in the Castro with La Mission, directed by Peter Bratt and starring Benjamin Bratt. There’ll be an after party in the Mission as well – expect to see a few lowriders as a part of the celebration.

The nation’s oldest continuous celebration of movies is going to be mega this year. Watch the festival trailer here. More deets below.

Film
La Mission
7:00 pm
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street (near Market)

Kick off the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival with a West Coast premiere screening, special guests and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a complimentary gift bag. Stars Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Talisa Soto-Bratt and director Peter Bratt in person. Peter Bratt’s powerful and moving film is an ardent love letter to the vibrancy and daily struggles that take place in the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District. Full of affection for its characters, La Mission is a redemptive story of one man’s struggle to unlearn a lifetime of destructive habits.

Party
9:30 pm
Castro Theatre, Bruno’s/El Capitan Theatre

Celebrate Opening Night Mission style at two historic venues, the iconic Bruno’s and an adjoining outdoor setting on the site of the former El Capitan theater, with vintage lowriders from the film. Treat yourself to cool cocktails and international culinary delights while dancing to the Latin beats of salsa and rumba. You must be 21+ to attend the party.

FILM & PARTY members $70, general $85 Includes film and party, complimentary drinks, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.

VIP FILM & PARTY $135 Includes reserved seating at the film, admission to the exclusive VIP Lounge, and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Food generously donated by Aidells Sausage Company; All Seasons Catering; Bristol Farms Market; Café Claude; Casa Sanchez Foods; Chaya Brasserie; Ciao Bella Gelato; Delfina Restaurant; Destino; Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana; First Crush Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge; Gitane Restaurant & Bar; Judy’s Breadsticks; La Méditerranée; Piccolo Teatro; Poleng Lounge; PopChips; Ramblas Tapas Bar; Serendipity! a catering company; La Tempesta Bakery; ThirstyBear Brewing Company; Whole Foods Market and Wolfgang Puck Express.

Beverages generously donated by Blue Angel Vodka, FIJI Water, Honest Tea, Magnanimus Wine Group,
Martha & Brothers Coffee, Mendocino Farms, Stella Artois, Talmadge Collection and Zola Brazilian
Superfruits.