Couleurs Mécaniques: Films of Rose Lowder

San Francisco Cinematheque presents: Wed, October 10 – Pacific Film Archive Sun, October 14 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Rose Lowder in Person Hailing from the south of France, filmmaker, curator, and archivist Rose Lowder has created a remarkable body of 16mm films that explore visual perception and the mechanics of the cinematic … Continue reading

Mill Valley Film Festival

October 4 – October 14 Mill Valley Film Festival All the program HERE AMOUR Directed by Michael Haneke With Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant Winner of the Palme d’Or Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Cinema feeds on stories of love and death, but how often do filmmakers really offer new or challenging perspectives on … Continue reading

French Cinema Now

October 24 – October 30 San Francisco Film Society Landmark Embarcadero This year’s French Cinema Now offers a vast range of impressive francophone work, from the comedic delights of Mobile Home and My Worst Nightmare to more dramatic portraits of modern life such as Sister and Donoma. Stars like Isabelle Huppert, Léa Seydoux, Jane Fonda, Pierre Richard and directors including Anne Fontaine, … Continue reading

Grand Illusions: French Cinema Classics, 1928–1960 – PFA

September 14, 2012 – December 9, 2012 Pacific Film Archive A common canard of film history is that the French New Wave of the late 1950s swept aside the French cinema that had come before it, replacing a staid “tradition of quality” with a new, breathless energy. But even for Truffaut, Godard, and their Cahiers … Continue reading

Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman

Thu, October 11  •  7:30pm Sat, October 13  •  7:30pm Sun, October 14  •   1pm Yerba Buena Center for the Arts   Somewhere in Southeast Asia, in a little lost village on a turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. A story of passion, loss and madness, freely adapted from … Continue reading

Maurice Pialat: We Won’t Grow Old Together

September 27 – September 30 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts New 35 mn print This autobiographical film from French master Maurice Pialat (À nos amours, Loulou) is the harrowing account of a relationship in breakdown, with Jean Yanne (who won Best Actor at Cannes for this role) as a domineering and philandering filmmaker whose … Continue reading

Opening: The Woman in the Fifth

Opening June 15 San Francisco Film Society In this unsettling thriller set in Paris’s little-seen Fifth Arrondissement, an unhappy American writer attempts to mend fences with his wife and young daughter but instead falls under the spell of a mysterious woman. Soon after arriving in the City of Light, author Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) is … Continue reading

Grand Illusion – 75th anniversary

June 1 – June 3 Castro Theater 75th ANNIVERSARY NEW 35mm PRINT! “A  MAGNIFICENT RESTORATION WE SHOULD ALL BE GRATEFUL FOR!” – Martin Scorsese “IF I HAD ONLY ONE FILM IN THE WORLD TO SAVE, IT WOULD BE GRAND ILLUSION.” – Orson Welles Internationally acclaimed, GRAND ILLUSION received Best Foreign Film awards from the New … Continue reading

Children of Paradise – A new restoration of french masterpiece

Children of Paradise May 19 – May 21 Castro Theater One of the most eagerly awaited events at Cannes last year was the unveiling of Pathé’s newly restored version of Marcel Carné’s Children of Paradise (1946), arguably the most beloved masterwork of French cinema. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840’s, Children tells … Continue reading

The Turin Horse – Directed by Béla Tarr

April 13–19 SF Film Society Cinema 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan) Purportedly Béla Tarr’s final film, this masterpiece takes its scenario from a traumatic incident in Friedrich Nietzche’s life when he witnessed a horse being mercilessly whipped. Wondering what happened to the horse, the Hungarian auteur crafts a relentless film depicting the domestic life of a … Continue reading

Cinema – We Have A Pope

Opening- April 13th Showtimes Landmark Theater Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, Caro Diario) joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli (Contempt, Belle de Jour) to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as … Continue reading

Cinema: Jean Paul Gaultier: Maverick Fashion Icon

Thursday April 5th DOUBLE FEATURE (Truth or Dare – The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover) Friday april 6th DOUBLE FEATURE (The Fifht Element – The City of Lost Children) Castro Theater In celebration of The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, on view at the de … Continue reading

San Francisco International Filmm Festival – Opening Night Farewell, My Queen directed by Benoît Jacquot

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street San Francisco Film Society OPENING NIGHT The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival opens with a world-class cinematic event, special guests and a festive celebration with live entertainment, dancing, food and drinks. Join the convivial throng at the Castro Theatre for a special screening then … Continue reading

San Francisco International Film Festival – Novikoff Award: Pierre Rissient – House by the River

Saturday, April 28, 4:00 pm Castro Theatre This year’s recipient of the Mel Novikoff Award—bestowed upon an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public’s appreciation of world cinema—is cinephile par excellence Pierre Rissient. Join a film-loving crowd at the Castro Theatre for a conversation with Rissient and the presentation of a film … Continue reading

Great Directors Speak! Robert Bresson & Chantal Akerman

Thursday April 12th – 7:30pm Yerba Buena Center of Arts Robert Bresson: Without a Trace Robert Bresson (1901-1999) was one of cinema’s great artists. Completing 13 feature films in a career that spanned more than four decades, Bresson directed masterpieces such as A Man Escaped, Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest, and The Trial of … Continue reading

Napoleon Abel Gance’s Masterpiece

March 24, 25, 31, April 1 San Francisco Silent Film Festival Paramount Theatre, Oakland More Friday, March 30 7:00 p.m Kevin Brownlow: “Abel Gance’s Napoleon, A Restoration Project Spanning a Lifetime” Pacific Film archive “A MAJOR EVENT! Don’t wait for it to come to a theater near you — getting Gance’s magnum opus on a screen … Continue reading

Samedi Culture – Marie Losier

Cette semaine Samedi Culture vous propose de partir à la rencontre de la réalisatrice Marie Losier, à l’occasion de la sortie le 9 Mars, sur les écrans de l’Embarcadero à San Francisco, de son film primé aux Berlinales 2011, “The Ballad Of Genesis and Lady Jaye”. Ce film relate l’histoire hors du commun de l’artiste Breyer P-Orridge et de … Continue reading

The Kid with a Bike

Landmark Theater Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne 87mn, Belgium/France/Italy, 2011 With: Cécile de France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the deeply moving new film by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L’Enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril, played with … Continue reading


Opening March 16th Landmark Theater Directed by David Foenkinos & Stéphane Foenkinos 108mn, France, 2011 With Audrey Tautou, François Damiens, Bruno Todeschini, Mélanie Bernier In the French romantic comedy Delicacy, Audrey Tautou (Amélie) is Nathalie, a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul … Continue reading

Opening March 30th – “House of Pleasure” (l’Appolonide”)

Open in the Theater March 30th San Francisco Film Society Ambitious and elegantly made, Bertrand Bonello‘s film depicts life in a Paris brothel at the turn of the 20th century. Staying within the house’s walls for all but two brief (but important) moments, the scenario details the clients and day-to-day lives of a variety of … Continue reading