Invasion of the Body Snatchers
May 5 at the Castro Theatre
This 1978 remake of the sci-fi staple, shrewdly set in San Francisco and much more fun and city-specific than you might expect, is but one of the many rich and excellent works which earns local filmmaker Philip Kaufman this year's Founder's Directing Award.
May 3 at New People Cinema
Shown in tribute to late SFFS board chairman and world-cinema aficionado George Gund III, who liked to say it "expands with every viewing," this dreamy 1967 Czech epic of Medieval clan rivalry deserves a big screen.
Inequality for All
May 4 at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
In the SFIFF centerpiece film, Haiku Tunnel director Jacob Kornbluth invites former U.S. Labor Secretary and current UC Berkeley Public Policy professor Robert Reich to air his thorough critique of America's widening income gap.
The Kill Team
May 6 & 7 at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, May 8 at New People Cinema
Less a question of what causes war crimes than one of what constitutes human nature, local director Dan Krauss's film introduces us to some U.S. soldiers who murdered civilians while stationed in Afghanistan, and the agonized whistleblower within their platoon.
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology
May 1 at New People Cinema, May 5 at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
In The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, Sophie Fiennes had the clever idea to set philosopher Slavoj Zizek within famous movie scenes and have him say things like, "Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire. It tells you how to desire." In this followup, Fiennes and Zizek resume their lively inquiry, sussing out connections between movies and belief systems.
For the full film lineup, go to festival.sffs.org.
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