We are thrilled to have hosted the Bay Area premieres of a number of stunning new films by emerging and established directors at the 58th SFIFF. However, equally exciting for us is that many of these movies make their way into the world and reach audiences beyond our two-week Festival. Landmark Theatres in particular has picked up a variety of alums from this most recent Fest, which will screen at both their San Francisco and East Bay venues for the remainder of this month and through June.
Iris, directed by Albert Maysles
now playing at Landmark's Clay Theatre & Shattuck Cinemas
“It’s better to be happy than well dressed,” says nonagenarian style maven Iris Apfel. Better yet, why not be both? This documentary by the legendary Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens)—who recently passed away at age 88—is an affectionate tribute to an unlikely fashion icon, and a nuanced portrait of vital old age. With her saucer-sized spectacles and outlandish accessories, Iris would make an easy caricature. Instead, Maysles deftly reveals a character, in every sense of the word.
Saint Laurent, directed by Bertrand Bonello
now playing at Embarcardero Center Cinema & Shattuck Cinemas
This latest study of the fashion great ignores the rise and cuts straight to the dizzying, delirious peak of Saint Laurent’s career and the verge of his substance-fueled emotional deterioration. Plenty of screen time is devoted to the creation of clothes, but Bonello’s portrait is more concerned with mood than historical documentation.
Love & Mercy, directed by Bill Pohlad
opens June 5 at Shattuck Cinemas & Piedmont Theatre
This powerful musical biopic tells Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s dramatically compelling story in—to use ancient recording jargon—two tracks. In the 1960s as the band rides surf music onto the charts, a creatively restless Wilson (Paul Dano) writes the songs that will become Pet Sounds, but alienates himself from other band members. The 1980s Wilson (John Cusack) is a shell-shocked man trying to emerge from an overmedicated isolation with the love and mercy of a good woman.
Results, directed by Andrew Bujalski
opens June 5 at Embarcadero Center Cinema & Shattuck Cinemas
Andrew Bujalski’s characteristically clever and awkward humor remains the core of his filmmaking style in this impressive leap to a bigger budget film. Kat (Cobie Smulders) is a super intense trainer in perpetual conflict with her self help-obsessed gym owner boss Trevor (Guy Pearce). But Kat's single-minded drive is derailed upon a house call to Danny (a career-best Kevin Corrigan), a lost soul recently single and even more recently the recipient of a massive inheritance.
The Wolfpack, directed by Crystal Moselle
opens June 19 at Embarcadero Center Cinema & Shattuck Cinemas
This Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner intimately focuses on the charming and insightful Angulo brothers, who range in age from 16 to 24. Because the brothers have been kept isolated within their family’s apartment, only homeschooling, DVDs and fear of the outside world—epitomized by their bizarre reenactments of famous films—inform their reality. When one brother sneaks away from home and eventually convinces his siblings to join him, their shared truth is threatened with endlessly surprising results.
The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival ran April 23–May 7 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theatre, Landmark’s Clay Theatre and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15 days, SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring nearly 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards with nearly $40,000 in cash prizes and upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests.