See More SFIFF: The Act of Killing, Prince Avalanche, and The Spectacular Now

The Act of Killing
Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer
Documentary Feature

Denmark
, Norway, England, 2012

Opens August 9 at Opera Cinema Plaza  and Shattuck Cinemas

By getting these old gangsters excited about the prospect of making a movie, Oppenheimer gets greater access to their inner life. Instead of just holding it together for an interview, they are forced to go over these memories again and again. The result is a combination of drama therapy and accidental self-exposure - utterly bizarre, unexpected and valuable.
— Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

Prince Avalanche
Dir: David Gordon Green
Narrative Feature

USA, 2012

Opens August 9 at Opera Cinema Plaza  and Shattuck Cinemas

[David Gordon Green] gets good performances from both principals, with [Paul Rudd] particularly impressive both in his ability to pull off skewed comic moments and suggest the strains of anger and loneliness in his character.
— Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle

The Spectacular Now
Dir: James Ponsoldt
Documentary Feature

Denmark
, Norway, England, 2012

Opens August 9 at Century Center 9 and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW is a lovely movie about young people that is in no way a formula picture. All the story bumps that we anticipate and dread in youth movies - the obligatory arguments, fake conflicts, stupid misunderstandings that could be cleared up but never are - none of those are here. Instead we get a movie that is original, truthful and moving.
— Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle