The San Francisco-based film festival formerly abbreviated as SFIFF but now referred to as SFFILM due to unfortunate anti-fricative fervor, is entering its 62nd year of presenting films and film-adjacent features from far and near. Among the highlights of the first week is the State of Cinema address — delivered this year by Oakland’s own Boots Riley, director of the best film of 2018, Sorry to Bother You. Hailing from much farther away is Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja’s sci-fi drama Aniara, which while not the first film about a doomed Mars expedition in recent years, is almost certainly the first to be based on an epic poem by a Swedish Nobel laureate. (Suck it, Damon!)
Meanwhile, the similarly well-trod “last man on Earth” story gets a Teutonic twist in Ulrich Köhler’s In My Room, wherein a German slacker wakes up to find himself in a very different world. Guaranteed to rile the “Lock her up!” crowd is Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak’s When I’m a Moth, a fictionalized look at a pivotal moment in Hillary Rodham’s life in 1969. And for those lucky enough to be between the ages of 10 and 14, Kubo and the Two Strings creators LAIKA Studios will offer a hands-on workshop exploring the not-quite-lost art of stop-motion animation.
Now playing at the Castro Theatre, the Vogue Theater, the Children’s Creativity Museum, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Dolby Cinema, the YBCA Screening Room, SFMOMA, the Roxie Theater, the Victoria Theatre, and the SFFILM FilmHouse.