The San Francisco International Film Festival, in its 55th year, announced the lineup for its April 19 – May 3 fest. SFIFF55 will feature 174 films, representing 45 countries and welcoming sine 225 filmmakers and industry guests. Among the films are 72 narrative features, 69 shorts, 33 documentaries, 55 female directors and four world premieres.
Benoit Jacquot's French "Farewell, My Queen" will open the festival, while Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" will be featured in the fest's Centerpiece screening with the director in attendance, and Ramona Diaz's documentary "Don't' Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," which looks at the band Journey and its lead singer, Arnel Pineda, will be the closing night film. SFIFF's Kandar Award for excellence in screenwriting will go to David Webb Peoples, who penned classics such as "Blade Runner," "Unforgiven" and "Twelve Monkeys."
The complete lineup is listed here. Films include "Cherry," "Bonsai," "Darling Companion," "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," "Gimme the Loot," "Chicken with Plums," "Compliance," "The Orator," "How to Survive a Plague," "Ethel," "Life Without Principle, "Polisse," "Robot & Frank," "Nobody Walks," "Where Do We Go Now" and "People Mountain People Sea."
Tribute screenings include Carol Reed's "The Third Man," Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven," Barbara Kopple's "Harlan County, USA" and Fritz Lang's "House by the River."
Among the Live & Onstage events are "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller," the world premiere of documentarian Sam Green's work on the utopian visionary, which will include a live narration by Green and a score performance by Yo La Tengo, as well as "David OReilly Says Something," "Merrill Garbus with Buster Keaton Shorts," "Porchlight: True Stories from the Frontiers of International Filmmaking" and "State of Cinema Address" bu Jonathan Lethem. Here's details.