San Francisco International Film Festival 2011: 04/24 – 04/27 Round-Up

This week’s San Francisco International Film Festival round-up is quite beefy, so we’re splitting it into two parts! For now, what you can see from Sunday through Wednesday.


Asleep In The Sun

This Argentine film evokes the tag words: “metaphysical mystery,” “canine-crazed,” “soul-deep,” “Kafkaesque world,” “psuedo scientists,” “self-possessed,” and “’50s decor.” It certainly targets a very specific audience, but that audience will love it.
Directed by Alejandro Chomski – ARGENTINA

SHOWTIMES
Sun, Apr 24 @ 8:45 (Kabuki)
Thu, Apr 28 @ 3:30 (Kabuki)
sat, Apr 30 @ 6:15 (New People)

At Ellen’s Age

Like Eat, Pray, Love, this film documents what happens when the comforts of the middle-class life are disrupted. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love, this film is less “mall mom” and more surreal and quirky.
Directed by Pia Marais – GERMANY

SHOWTIMES
Sun, Apr 24 @ 6:15 (Kabuki)
Wed, Apr 27 @ 3:30 (Kabuki)
Fri, Apr 29 @ 7:00 (PFA)

the colors of the mountain

Soccer is a way of life in Latin America. What happens when soccer-playing youth come too close in contact with contended territories? The Colors Of The Mountain explores that idea.
Directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez – COLOMBIA

SHOWTIMES
Sat, Apr 23 @ 1:00 (Kabuki)
Sun, Apr 24 @ 6:30 (Kabuki)

hot coffee

Do you remember when a foolish (or is it brilliant?) consumer spilled hot coffee and turned around to sue McDonald’s for millions? Director Susan Saladoff does, and uses that case as a jump-off point to explore the ludicrous nature of the American legal system.
Directed by Susan Saladoff – USA

SHOWTIMES
Mon, Apr 25 @ 6:30 (Kabuki)
Tue, Apr 26 @ 2:00 (Kabuki)

the light thief

“An electrician affectionately known as Mr. Light finds himself in a difficult position when a politician embraces his dream of generating wind energy for his impoverished town. This allegory of a man confronting injustice dramatizes the challenges facing the economies of Central Asia.”
Directed by Aktan Arym Kubat

SHOWTIMES
Mon, Apr 25 @ 9:15 (Kabuki)
Sun, May 1 @ 8:45 (PFA)

microphone

Ahmad Abdalla’s second feature film explores Alexandria music scene, and about the struggle of succeeding as an artist in the Egyptian city.
Directed by Ahmad Abdalla – EGYPT

SHOWTIMES
Mon, Apr 25 @ 9:15 (Kabuki)
Sun, May 1 @ 8:45 (PFA)

Nostalgia For The Light

This film captures parallels between natural surroundings, memory, and the mysterious by digging through Chilean history and events occuring in the universe.
Directed by Patricio Guzmán – CHILE

SHOWTIMES
Tue, Apr 26 @ 6:30 (Kabuki)
Thu, Apr 28 @ 6:15 (PFA)

position among the stars

A film that follows an Indonesian family dwelling in the countryside, Position Among The Stars explores how traditional Islam and Western materialism clash.
Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich – NETHERLANDS

SHOWTIMES
Tue, Apr 26 @ 8:50 (PFA)
Wed, Apr 27 @ 6:00 (Kabuki)
Wed, May 4 @ 9:00 (Kabuki)

a useful life

“A man who has spent his entire adult life working in a film archive faces a new beginning with the threatened closure of the institution in this loving black-and-white ode to a life lived among the reels, a deadpan comedy of cinema and obsolescence from the director of Acne.”
Directed by Federico Veiroj – URAGUAY

SHOWTIMES
Sun, Apr 24 @ Noon (New People)
Mon, Apr 25 @ 7:00 (PFA)
Sat, Apr 30 @ 3:45 (Kabuki)

ulysses

Director Oscar Godoy explores loneliness and isolation, and the idea that money cannot bring happiness or love.
Directed by Oscar Godoy – ARGENTINA/CHILE

SHOWTIMES
Sun, Apr 24 @ Noon (New People)
Mon, Apr 25 @ 7:00 (PFA)
Sat, Apr 30 @ 3:45 (Kabuki)

Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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