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San Francisco Film Society: Hong Kong Cinema – November 14-16

By Janine Gericke. The San Francisco Film Society continues it’s fall season with the Hong Kong cinema series. The three day event has Chow Yun-Fat, a little bit of kung fu, and a special 20th anniversary screening of Wong Kar-wai’s Chunking Express (Chung Hing sam lam, Hong Kong 1994, 98 min.), just to highlight a […]

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The 19th Busan International Film Festival

By Chris Neilan.  The 19th Busan International Film Festival was, as ever, an unrivalled showground for Asian filmmaking talent. A handsome 312 films were screened this year (up from 299 last year) from 79 countries including efforts from Kyrgyzstan, Kurdistan, Iraq, Bangladesh and Nepal as well as the usual heavyweight entrants from Asian cinema’s tiger […]

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The Good Life: A San Francisco Film Society French Cinema Now Review

By Janine Gericke. The Good Life is director Jean Denizot’s feature film debut, and it proves to be a solid one. The film, based on actual events, follows a father, Yves (Nicholas Bouchaud), and his two teenage sons, 16-year-old Sylvain (Zacharie Chasseriaud) and 18-year-old Pierre (Jules Pelissier), as they live a nomadic life in the […]

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Five Iranian Voices on Reza Mirkarimi’s Today

COLLECTED AND INTRODUCED BY AMIR GANJAVIE. Reza Mirkarimi’s Today (Emrooz, 2014) was selected to represent Iran at the 2015 Oscars despite being unpopular with Iranian critics from the beginning and despite expectations that it would be a great box office failure. According to the website of Hamshari, a leading Iranian newspaper, “some critics say the […]

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San Francisco Film Society: French Cinema Now – November 6-9, 2014

By Janine Gericke.  The San Francisco Film Society’s Fall season begins with the seventh annual French Cinema Now series on November 6. As expected, this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint, providing enough storytelling variety and star power to satisfy any San Francisco Francophile. The four-day event kicks off with Paris Follies (France 2014, 98 min.), starring […]

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Fate and History: Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy

By Paul Risker. Cities rise, or fall, at the will of men. In a conflict of wills in 1944, Paris, the “City of Light,” was spared. Beyond the narrative presented in Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy (2014) there inevitably lies a more compelling and intricate story of the events leading up to the liberation and salvation of […]

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Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

By Anna Weinstein. Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history in 2012 when she became the first Pakistani to win an Oscar for her documentary Saving Face. She won an Emmy for her 2010 documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban, and to date she has made more than a dozen films in more than ten countries. […]

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Five Dimensions of Sentimental Boredom: Interstellar

By Daniel Lindvall. At some point early on in Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic disaster film 2012 (2009) we know that 999.85 per mille of the world’s population is doomed to perish in the coming flood. We also learn that, secretly, the governments of the most powerful nations on Earth, the G8, have built nine gigantic arks, […]

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Force Majeure (2014)

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  Swedish comedic drama Force Majeure is a sneaky, unsparing, surgically accurate stab to a very particular part of the human sensibility, which makes it at once hilarious and deeply unsettling to watch. Written, directed and performed with remarkable intelligence and empathy, it tickles, provokes, cooks up delicious tension throughout, even if all that steam […]

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