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    SFIFF Review: Jesse Moss' Effective Oil Boom Doc ‘The Overnighters’

    The small town of Williston, North Dakota has had an oil boom and people desperate for work from around the country are making the trip out in search of high paying jobs. They’ve heard stories on the news and from a friend of a friend that describe Williston as the unique remaining land of opportuni...

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    Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Takes the Festival Tour (VIDEO)

    On the first day of shooting Gia Coppola was feeling her nerves. "I was so eager to do it," she says. "It had fallen apart so many times, that it reached a point, on the first day of shooting, I didn't believe it. I had gone through all the emotions, believing it would fall apart again: 'Oh my god, ...

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    SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness)

    "Abuse of Weakness ('L'Abus de Faiblesse') is the legal definition in France of what I suffered. But it is also in French, a sound, a strangeness more powerful poetically than its legal significance."

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    SFIFF: Richard Linklater Talks Early Career, His "Accidental Trilogy" And More With Parker Posey

    Friday night at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, Richard Linklater was awarded with the festival’s Founder’s Directing Award. It’s a fitting year for the director to receive the award given that his 12 years in the making “Boyhood” finally made its debut in January at Sundance (wh...

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    Things I Learned at the San Francisco Film Festival Awards, from Lasseter to Linklater

    The Awards night at the 15-day San Francisco International Film Festival, the nation's oldest, in its 57th year, usually arrives about halfway through the marathon of screenings, Q & As, tributes and panels. On Thursday, San Francisco Film Society Awards went to Pixar chief John Lasseter, rewarded a...

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    SFIFF Review: Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Our Sunhi’ Is Pleasing, But Not Lasting

    For his 15th feature film, director Hong Sang-soo (“In Another Country,” “The Day He Arrives”) delivers “Our Sunhi,” a playful comedy tracking film student Sunhi (Jung Yoo-mi, of several Hong films) through a trio of obstacles. Those obstacles come in the form of three usually drunk, always too conf...

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    SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan (The Blue Wave)

    "When you tell a story about young women and you are women writers/directors yourself, there is always a false impression that your work must be autobiographical and/or 'personal.'"

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    Alice Waters Throws Chez Panisse Feast for Sauper's SFIFF Film 'We Come as Friends'

    The phone rings with an invite to a special dinner at Chez Panisse tonight. I'm on deadline, at home, hoping to finish a piece before I drive over to the first full day of the 57th Annual San Francisco Film Festival. I'm determined to make it in by the 3 p.m. screening of "We Come as Friends," by Hu...

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    SFIFF Review: Hubert Sauper’s Unflinching South Sudan Documentary ‘We Come As Friends’

    “We Come as Friends,” director Hubert Sauper’s follow-up to his 2004 documentary “Darwin’s Nightmare,” is a painful record of contemporary colonialism, capturing the realities of life within Sudan (now Sudans, as South Sudan seceded in 2011) via personal portraits of the Sudanese people as well as t...

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    The San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with 'Two Faces of January'

    "The Two Faces of January" was a perfect opening night film. I love Patricia Highsmith and her malevolent worldview. Even if this wasn't Highsmith at her most iconic, the twisted and shifting allegiances among the sexy movie-star trio of Viggo Mortenson, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaacs, set against ...

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