This moody, contemplative, superbly acted drama explores the unusual and unusually intimate relationship between a magnetic and alcoholic aunt and her 17-year-old nephew who is coming to terms with his sexuality.
A night of mild debauchery headlined by rising comedic writer/actor Derek Waters features several of his short films (including several shorts from the Drunk History series), a conversation between Waters and Wholphin editor Brent Hoff, audience participation and drinking.
This lush epic tells a timeless story of love and succession, as the heir to a banking dynasty in northeastern China is called upon to sacrifice personal happiness to guide his family through the tumultuous turn of the 20th century.
A newly in-love German couple slowly realizes that their relationship may not survive a holiday in Sardinia. Maren Ade’s brilliant sophomore effort should be placed alongside Scenes from a Marriage for its piercingly intelligent examination of a relationship hovering in the netherworld between commitment and dissolution.
A 16-year-old Bob Dylan fan becomes obsessed by the Internet images and murky fate of a local girl, his fascination growing with the reappearance in town of her charismatic, sinister boyfriend, in this enigmatic coming-of-age drama.
A wheeling-dealing French film producer juggles career ambition, familial demands and the prospect of financial ruin in this deftly unfolding narrative by the writer/director of All Is Forgiven (SFIFF 2008), once again proving herself a nuanced observer of complex relationships within the world of cinema and beyond its blissful escape.
A flying circus mouse, a bagel-crazed pigeon and an aerodynamically challenged artist are just a few of the high-flying highlights in this collection of films for children and family audiences. This eclectic mix of live-action and animated shorts from around the world and across the Bay also features some down-to-earth stories about love, loss, friendship, food and some really crazy hair. Recommended for ages seven and up.
Ten million men killed and 23 million wounded in World War I. Why did they follow orders implying certain death or injury? With an unseen French soldier as our guide and narrator, this gripping documentary offers some answers in a powerful compilation of archival footage.
Set in the northern frontier of Iran, this drolly charming first feature mines absurdist humor and quiet pathos from the immutable routines of a group of men. Against visually serene compositions and a plaintive score, Jalali teases out the intense longing hidden behind his characters’ stoic expressions.
Actor Eric Elmosnino is a dead ringer for legendary French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg in this offbeat, imaginative biopic of a provocative artist as famous for his storied romances and many scandals as he is for his enduring music.