Today is like Christmas for San Francisco movie fans, as the SFFILM Festival just announced its full 2018 lineup. Playing at nine different theater venues across the Bay Area, the 61st annual San Francisco International Film Festival features a centerpiece screening of local hero Boots Riley’s Sundance sensation Sorry to Bother You — in the festival’s first-ever double screening at both the Castro Theatre and Oakland’s Grand Lake Theatre on the same night (April 12).
Your opening night gala screening is the trans kid coming-of-age drama A Kid Like Jake (April 4), directed by Transparent’s Silas Howard and starring Claire Danes and Jim Parsons. The closing night feature is Gus Van Sant’s latest comedy Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (April 15), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill, and with Van Sant and composer Danny Elfman expected to be in attendance.
Other big features include Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell’s new alien invasion comedy How to Talk to Girls at Parties, the Joan Jett biopic Bad Reputation, the Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, and pop star M.I.A.’s profile Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
This year’s festival also features a few free “community screenings,” most notably the Sat., April 7 presentation of a guide dog for the blind documentary Pick of the Litter at the Victoria Theatre. Dogs will be welcome at this screening! But a free RSVP is required.
Advance ticketing for all shows is available online beginning March 16, and also via the new SFFILM app that offers calendars, schedules, tickets, and an online screening room that’s free for SFFILM members. The SFFILM Festival runs April 4-17 at venues all over the Bay Area.