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Thursday, April 3, 6:00-10:00 pm
SFIFF57 Opening Night: The Two Faces of January
Thursday, April 24
Screening at 7:00 pm
Party at 9:00 pm
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 pm
Film Society Awards Night
Thursday, May 1
An Evening with Richard Linklater
Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Stephin Merritt with The Unknown
Tuesday, May 6, 8:00 pm
SFIFF57 Closing Night: Alex of Venice
Thursday, May 8
Screening at 7:00 pm
Party at 9:00 pm
This year’s cinema à la Française traverses the globe, from the wilds of Lapland and rural Quebec to a stately family mansion in Italy. Returning French Cinema Now filmmakers including Axelle Ropert and Alain Guiraudie join SF International Film Festival brethren Nicolas Philibert and Sébastien Betbeder for a stellar line-up of the best in current Francophone films.

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Opening Night Party
Join the San Francisco Film Society and TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand in celebrating new works of international francophone cinema at French Cinema Now opening night with FIPRESCI prize winning director Sébastien Betbeder’s film '2 Autumns, 3 Winters.' Read more...
November 7, 9:15 pm
1300 on Fillmore
1300 Fillmore (at Eddy)
2 Autumns, 3 Winters
Sébastien Betbeder (2 automnes 3 hivers, France 2013)
Sébastien Betbeder, whose debut Nights with Theodore was the winner of the FIPRESCI prize at this spring’s SFIFF, returns with this offbeat story of thirty-somethings navigating whatever crisis comes between quarter- and mid-life. Read more...
November 7, 7:00 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
A Castle in Italy
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Un château en Italie, France 2013)
In her third film, director, actress and cowriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi continues to mine her own experience to portray the lives and crises of the bourgeoisie. Here she plays Louise, an actress tiring of her profession and longing for motherhood.  Read more...
November 7, 9:15 pm and November 9, 2:30 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Rendezvous in Kiruna
Anna Novion (Rendez vous a` Kiruna, France 2012)
In this story of unavoidable emotional ties, a man is called upon to identify the body of a son he didn’t know he had. Although he protests that he has no emotional connection to the dead youth, he ends up on a long drive north during which he picks up Magnus, a young Swedish man on his way to visit his grandfather. Read more...
November 8, 7:00 pm and November 10, 3:30 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Michael Kohlhaas
Arnaud des Pallières (France/Germany 2013)
This austere and visually splendid medieval-era drama tells the story of Michael Kohlhaas (Mads Mikkelsen), a horse trader who is one day forced by a ruthless Baron to give over two of his prize steeds. When the nobleman’s subsequent mistreatment of the horses is revealed, Kohlhaas demands justice. Read more...
November 8, 9:30 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Miss and the Doctors
Axelle Ropert (Tirez la langue, mademoiselle, France 2013)
Axelle Ropert’s latest film details the romantic and professional travails of sibling bachelor doctors who enter into an offbeat love triangle when they both fall for the mother of a patient. Read more...
November 9, 4:45 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Katell Quillévéré (France 2013)
Told in elliptical fragments that span 25 years, Katell Quillévéré’s follow-up to her debut Love Like Poison (FCN 2011) is the story of a woman and the effects of her irrepressible passions on those around her. Read more...
November 9, 7:00 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Stranger by the Lake
Alain Guiraudie (L’inconnu du lac, France 2013)
This analysis of gay male desire is set entirely in the environs of a cruising spot on the shore of a picturesque French lake, where men prowl the nearby woods for hook-ups. Read more...
November 9, 9:30 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
House of Radio
Nicolas Philibert (La maison de la radio, France/Japan 2013)
Master documentarian Nicolas Philibert’s latest takes a delightful and surprisingly humorous look at Paris’ popular Radio France, constructing a beautifully observed and pleasurable view of a public institution and beloved medium. Read more...
November 10, 1:15 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
Denis Côté (Vic+Flo ont vu un ours, Canada 2013)
At 61 and newly released from jail, Victoria is trying to start over. Laying low at the home of her paralyzed uncle Émile, she’s visited by her former cellmate and younger lover Florence who wants to move in. Upending viewer expectations with surprising tonal shifts, director Denis Côté memorably reinvents the romantic drama genre. Read more...
November 10, 6:00 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)
Claire Denis (lLes Salauds, France 2013)
Claire Denis’ troubled and troubling new film, highlighted by Agnès Godard’s masterful cinematography and Stuart Staples’ evocative score, details a world where money and the power it wields can have poisonous and far-reaching effects. Read more...
November 10, 8:30 pm
Landmark's Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore (Sacramento/Clay)


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