See More SFIFF: The Patience Stone and Thérèse

The Patience Stone 
Dir: Atiq Rahimi
Narrative Feature
France, Germany, England, Afghanistan, 2012

Opens August 30 at Opera Plaza Cinema and Shattuck Cinemas.

Without any judgments, we feel the burden that a patriarchal society places on this devout woman - yet ultimately, we also celebrate her courage and strength. From beginning to end, it’s a very human story.
— David Lewis, SF Chronicle

Thérèse
Dir: Claude Miller
Narrative Feature
France, 2011

Opens August 30 at Opera Plaza Cinema and Shattuck Cinemas.

Thérèse is a measured film, and you might occasionally wish it were less so, but director Claude Miller, who died last year shortly after finishing it, makes his point well enough. Miller was mentored by several New Wave directors, including Truffaut, who probably would have been pleased by this evisceration of the smug and selfish moneyed types. The movie is a fine swan song.
— Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle