The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the 2014 fest, set to kick off April 24 and run through May 8.
Along with unveiling its various premieres, the festival will be handing out a few key awards. The 2014 George Gund Craft of Cinema Award will go to Pixar chief John Lasseter on May 1; the Mel Novikoff Award will go to film historian David Thomson on May 4; and the Founders Directing Award will go to Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”).
Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” which arrives in theaters May 9, is the fest’s centerpiece gala.
At a glance, this year’s edition of the fest will host 168 films (74 of which are narrative features, 29 documentaries and 65 shorts), with 56 countries represented and 40 different languages; 3 World Premieres, 5 North American Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres; with 200 filmmakers and industry guests expected to attend.
The full schedule is available on SFIFF’s website.
List of premieres after the jump, plus the lineup for the World Cinema Spotlight program on Latin American filmmakers.
Heaven Adores You, Nickolas Rossi, USA
The Last Season, Sara Dosa, USA
Last Weekend, Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, USA
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES
The Dune, Yossi Aviram, France/Israel
Queen Margot: The Director’s Cut, Patrice Chéreau,
Tamako in Moratorium, Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan
Three Letters from China, Luc Schaedler, Switzerland
The Two Faces of January, Hossein Amini, England/France/United
The Blue Wave, Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan,
The Great Museum, Johannes Holzhausen, Austria
Soul Food Stories, Tonislav Hristov, Bulgaria/Finland
South Is Nothing, Fabio Mollo, Italy/France
Yves Saint Laurent, Jalil Lespert, France
This year’s Spotlight, New Voices in Latin American Cinema,
presents five films from different Latin American countries to highlight the
rich and diverse offerings of a thriving center of artistic vitality becoming
increasingly relevant on the global scene:
All about the Feathers (Costa Rica 2013) – Neto Villalobos’s
debut feature details the unconventional relationship between an impoverished
security guard (Allan Cascante) and the newly acquired fighting cock that he
struggles to care for. Anchored by the stellar performances of a mostly
non-professional cast, this quixotic Costa Rican comedy is both slyly absurdist
and quietly observational. All about the Feathers screens Friday April 25, 6:30
pm at Pacific Film Archive; Sunday April 27, 8:45 pm and Tuesday April 29, 6:15
pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.
The Amazing Catfish (Mexico 2013) – Set in Guadalajara, the
film follows the quiet transformation of a solitary young woman informally
adopted and absorbed into a rambunctious matriarchy in a state of crisis.
Filmed by Claire Denis’ long-time cinematographer, Agnès Godard, Claudia
Sainte-Luce’s debut feature, based loosely on events from her own life, blends
a wry and moving naturalism with moments of inspired comedy. The Amazing
Catfish screens Saturday May 3, 6:00 pm and Tuesday May 6, 9:00 pm at Sundance
Kabuki Cinemas and Thursday May 8, 8:45 pm at Pacific Film Archive.
Bad Hair (Venezuela/Peru 2013) – A 10-year-old boy’s desire
to straighten his kinky hair causes outsized conflict with his unemployed, harassed
single mother in Mariana Rondon’s Caracas-set drama. Unexpected issues related
to Venezuela’s volatile economic situation and the young boy’s incipient
homosexuality form the core of this finely acted, deceptively small-scaled
story. Bad Hair screens Thursday May 1, 9:15 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas;
Sunday May 4, 6:15 pm at New People Cinema and Wednesday May 7, 6:30 pm at
Pacific Film Archive.
History of Fear (Argentina/France 2014) – Are strange
occurrences in an affluent Buenos Aires suburb evidence that the skittish
residents are actually being targeted? Paranoia runs rampant in this
accomplished first feature, instilling a disorienting sense of dread in the
viewer. The filmmaker foregoes ready explanations in favor of foreboding
suggestions in a film that is sprawling both in scope and implications but
precise and exacting in its execution. History of Fear screens Wednesday April
30, 7:00 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas; Friday May 2, 9:00 pm at New People
Cinema and Wednesday May 7, 8:45 pm at Pacific Film Archive.
The Militant (Uruguay 2013) – A student leader fighting
against the bosses of striking packinghouse workers in crisis-ridden 2002
Uruguay experiences a coming-of-age crisis when he inherits his father’s ranch.
The radical becomes the boss and finds himself responsible for paying months of
back wages to the gauchos stiffed by his dad. The Militant screens Saturday
April 26, 9:00 pm at New People Cinema; Sunday April 27, 3:15 pm at Sundance
Kabuki Cinemas and Thursday May 1, 8:50 pm at Pacific film Archive.