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San Francisco International Film Festival

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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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    SF Film Society Awards Funding to Nine Narrative Features from Travis Mathews, Kat Candler and More

    The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation have unveiled the nine feature film projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding from their joint grant program. Several of these burgeoning filmmakers, from Travis Mathews to Ian Olds, already have considerable traction i...

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    SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Sara Dosa (The Last Season)

    "These two [former soldiers] bonded in the mushroom-hunting camps after sharing stories of surviving war in Southeast Asia, then became adopted father and son."

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    SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Julie Bertuccelli (School of Babel)

    "[My subjects] are Irish, Senegalese, Brazilian, Moroccan, Chinese: 24 students, 24 nationalities. They are between 11- and 15-years-old and have just arrived in France. For a year they will be all together in the same [language and cultural] adaptation class at a Parisian secondary school."

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    I Answer Questions About My New Book 'The $11 Billion Year'

    My new book about the year 2012, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," is in bookstores.

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    SFIFF Women Directors: Meet Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth)

    "Our film is not a solemn, deferential portrait of an acclaimed musician. Instead, we focused on probing universal themes including mortality, our time on earth and how we spend that time."

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    Jeremy Irons to Receive San Francisco Film Fest's 2014 Excellence in Acting Award

    Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8.

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    Seven Films To See at the San Francisco International Film Fest; Noah Cowan Hosts First SFIFF Press Conference

    At the San Francisco International Film Festival press conference, we gleaned intel on upcoming awardees Richard Linklater and Steve Gaghan, new Fest Executive Director Noah Cowan and a program of 168 films plus panels galore.

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    WATCH: Dreamy New Trailer for Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto,' Starring James Franco and Emma Roberts

    A new trailer has landed for first-time filmmaker Gia Coppola's darkly wistful new teen drama "Palo Alto," based on James Franco's book of short stories.

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