The 43rd San Francisco International Film Festival
From April 20 to May 4. Screenings take place at the AMC Kabuki 8 Theaters (1881 Post at Fillmore); the Castro Theater (429 Castro near Market); the Pacific Film Archive (2575 Bancroft at Bowditch, UC Berkeley campus); the Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth St. at A, San Rafael); and Landmark's Park Theater (1275 El Camino Real near Valparaiso, Menlo Park). For festival information call 931-FILM or visit www.sfiff.org on the Web. For tickets, call (510) 601-8932.
Much closer to home, the winner of the Golden Spire Award for best Bay Area documentary is Live Nude Girls, UNITE!; Sura Wood interviews co-director and Lusty Lady dancer Julia Query to get the story behind the story of the North Beach strip club's performers' fight to unionize. And finally, was Winona Ryder a good choice for this year's Peter J. Owens Award? Michael Fox thinks not -- and explains why.
Enjoy our second week of critical coverage of the festival -- and we'll see you down at the AMC Kabuki, the Castro, the PFA, and the Rafael.