French + Italian Filmmakers Coming Briefly to the Bay

Locals take note: Our Fall Season brings filmmaking talent from Europe to lovely, wonderful and (sometimes) sunny San Francisco! This November, six filmmakers from France and Italy will be traveling to the Bay with their festival films.

Don't miss these major contemporary filmmakers bound for our French Cinema Now and New Italian Cinema programs:

Marc Fitoussi

Marc Fitoussi

Writer/Director Marc Fitoussi with his film Paris Follies

French Cinema Now opens with Paris Follies, the latest from series veteran Marc Fitoussi. Photographed by Agnès Godard, the film unites acclaimed French actors Isabelle Huppert and Pierre Darrousssin for the very first time. Put your questions to Fitoussi at either screening of his new film.

Writer/Director Jean Denizot with his film The Good Life*

Jean Denizot's The Good Life is a coming-of-age story never before seen. Two brothers live peacefully with their father in the countryside until they enter their teenage years and begin to long for something beyond their remote & rustic lifestyle. Hear Denizot discuss the true story behind the film after it screens.

Jean Denizot

Jean Denizot

Bruce Cauvin

Bruce Cauvin

Cowriter/Director Bruce Cauvin with his film The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out follows the romantic travails of three brothers all in various emotional crises. Bruce Cauvin adapted this charming story from Stephen McCauley's novel of the same name. After the film, Cauvin will stick around for a Q&A, delving deeper into the process of converting manuscript to screenplay.

Filmmaker Edoardo Ponti with his films Human Voice and The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars

Celebrate opening night of our beloved New Italian Cinema series by honoring noteworthy filmmaker , Edoardo Ponti. Ponti will host a screening of two of his most recent works, Human Voice–starring his mother Sophia Loren–and The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars–a moving film about age and renewal set in the gorgeous Dolemite mountains.

Edoardo Ponti

Edoardo Ponti

Rossella De Venuto

Rossella De Venuto

Writer/Director Rossella De Venuto with her film Controra - House of Shadows

Rosella De Venuto will be the only female filmmaker attending this year's Fall Season. Don't miss her film, Controra - House of Shadows, or the chance to hear her discuss the making of this suspenseful, psychological drama.

Cowriter/Director Alessandro Lunardelli with his film Up to the World

Up to the World runs deeper than your typical road-trip flick. Alessandro Lunardelli tells the story of two distant brothers who finally come to know each other as they travel together, grappling with issues of sexuality and early adulthood. You won't want to miss his take on this surprising & ingratiating film.

Alessandro Lunardelli

Alessandro Lunardelli

Paolo Genovese

Paolo Genovese

Writer/Director Paolo Genovese with his films Blame Freud and Remember Me

Acclaimed filmmaker Paolo Genovese will be attending the screenings of both of his NIC flicks–Blame Freud, his recent box-office hit in Italy, and Remember Me, a charming romantic comedy that he co-scripted.

Writer/Director Anotonio Morabito with his film The Medicine Seller

Antonio Morabito's scathing indictment of the pharmaceutical industry is a standout among contemporary Italian cinema. Learn more about the director's view on pill pushers and hear about the motivations behind this powerful new drama.

Antonio Morabito

Antonio Morabito

*NOTE: Unfortunately, Director Jean Denizot is no longer able to attend the screening. Apologies to all who expected to Q&A with him.


An essential element of the San Francisco Film Society’s year-round celebration of the best in contemporary world cinema, the Fall Season—taking place over three film-filled weekends in November—brings important new work home to inquisitive Bay Area audiences through in-depth explorations of three renowned filmmaking capitals. Join us this fall at the Vogue Theatre to discover the latest from Italy, Hong Kong and France. Buy tickets and see full lineups at sffs.org/tickets.