The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival will open April 21 at the Castro Theatre with Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). The movie, which stars sexy couple Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Christopher Plummer in rare form as a gay man fighting against the dying of the light, played well at Toronto, where it was acquired by Focus Features. The festival, which usually draws an audience of over 75,000 people and gives out 15 jury awards, will feature 200 films.
SFIFF programming director Rachel Rosen says that Beginners has “a playfully inventive sense of style, grounded by the film’s emotional honesty. This charming and humane glimpse into the thorny nature of contemporary relationships is a fantastic way to launch the International’s 15-day cinematic exploration of contemporary global society.” More information on the festival is here. Here is the trailer.