See More SFIFF: July Highlights

Get ready for another slew of theatrical releases headed for the Bay Area this month. Once again, Landmarks Theatres is bringing back some Festival favorites to local theatres for all to enjoy. Keep an eye out for Sean Baker’s Tangerine, filmed entirely using the iPhone 5s; watch Sir Ian McKellen transform into an elderly version of the legendary detective Mr. Holmes; follow Joshua Oppenheimer’s journey from The Act of Killing (SFIFF 2013) to his companion piece The Look of Silence; and don't miss Eran Riklis’s cinematic adaptation of the novel Dancing Arabs in A Borrowed Identity.

The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed
Opens July 3 at Opera Plaza Cinema and Shattuck Cinemas

With a screenplay by no less than Graham Greene, The Third Man (SFIFF 2012) was “ripped from the headlines” of its day yet so masterfully crafted that it’s as fresh as ever. Set in war-ravaged Vienna, divided among four victorious Allied powers in the aftermath of World War II, the film is a mordant, quietly horrified look at postwar corruption.

Tangerine, directed by Sean Baker
Opens July 17 at Embarcadero Center Cinema

Sin-Dee is on a tear. Fresh out of prison, the trans working girl just learned that her man and pimp, Chester, has been hanging out with another woman, a biological female no less. Whichever one she finds first had better watch out. Her friend and fellow street worker, Alexandra, has a nightclub gig to prepare for but sets off with her on a madcap quest that crisscrosses the sun-baked and neon-bathed strip malls and subcultures of Los Angeles.

Mr. Holmes, directed by Bill Condon
Opens July 17 at Clay Theatre

The magisterial Sir Ian McKellen reunites with Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon for this wistful look at the famous sleuth in his sunset years. Though he’s in his 90s, Sherlock Holmes is not going gently into that good night. Deciding to set the story—and his mind—straight, he decides to work on his version of a 30-year-old case involving a missing woman, a strange musical instrument and the mistake that leads him to retirement.

A Borrowed Identity, directed by Eran Riklis
Opens July 24 at Opera Cinema Plaza

In this self-assured and accomplished film, celebrated filmmaker Eran Riklis adapts Sayed Kashua’s popular semi-autobiographical novel Dancing Arabs for the screen, fashioning an accessible coming-of-age story in an Israel resonant with contemporary cultural unrest.

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, directed by Marc Silver
Opens July 24 at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, Presidio Theatre and New Parkway

The murder trial of Michael Dunn is the subject of Marc Silver's stirring documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets. Using candid interviews with the friends and family of victim Jordan Davis, the documentary chronicles the role of the case in a reenergized civil rights movement. 

Unexpected, directed by Kris Swanberg
Opens July 24 at Roxie Theater

Cobie Smulders stars as an inner-city Chicago high school teacher struggling with her unplanned pregnancy, career, and love life in this SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant winner. Unexpected explores the ramifications of motherhood on women's life choices while raising awareness about privilege, race, and class. 

The Look of Silence, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Opens July 31 at Opera Cinema Plaza & Shattuck Cinemas

Joshua Oppenheimer’s groundbreaking documentary The Act of Killing (SFIFF 2013) confronted viewers with a moral vacuum in which the perpetrators of the politically motivated massacres that roiled Indonesia in 1965 were only too happy to reenact their crimes. The Look of Silence widens the frame to include the victims’ perspective. Less a sequel than a companion piece, the film follows gentle optometrist Adi as he asks the killers about their crimes—among them, the vicious murder of his elder brother.