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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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    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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