See More SFIFF: August Highlights

If you didn't get enough of these indie flicks during the Festival season, then be sure to mark your calendars for another round of theatrical releases coming to the Bay Area this month. Catch the outstanding cinematography and storytelling in Meru, the touching character portrait featuring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg in The End of the Tour, the life of one of Hollywood's most legendary actors in Listen to me Marlon and more of your favorite SFIFF films. 


Listen to Me Marlon, directed by Stevan Riley
Opens August 7 at Opera Plaza Cinema & Shattuck Cinemas

A treasure trove of audiotapes yields a unique autobiographical portrait of one of cinema’s greatest actors, Marlon Brando. Over 300 hours of intimate recordings that date back as far as the 1940s reveal a frank, self-aware man, by turns funny, poignant, self-lacerating and beset by demons both inherited and of his own making.


Best of Enemies, directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
Opens August 7 at Embarcadero Center Cinema

As the 1968 Democratic and Republican conventions were about to commence, ABC News, nestled at the bottom of the ratings, decided to try something a little different: They enlisted the arch novelist Gore Vidal and archconservative William F. Buckley Jr. to act as post-coverage commentators. Best of Enemies zeroes in on how this ratings-grabbing experiment helped set the template for today’s TV news landscape.


The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt
Opens August 7 at Embarcadero Center Cinema & August 14 at California Theatre

Literary mastermind David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky hit the road, subsisting on junk food, an endless supply of cigarettes and even more endless supply of argumentative philosophical conversation. By the end of the trip, both men seem unsure of whether a tentative friendship has formed or not—and both men know that their lives have been changed forever.


Manos Sucias, directed by Josef Wladyka
Screens August 7 & 8 at Roxie Theatre

A desperate fisherman and a naive young man embark on a dangerous journey trafficking drugs up the Pacific coast of Colombia. Hidden beneath the waves, they tow a narco-torpedo filled with millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Together they must brave the war-torn region while navigating the growing tension between them.


Call Me Lucky, directed by Bobcat Goldwaith 
Opens August 14 at Opera Plaza Cinema

With jaw-dropping cinematography of one of the most remote places on earth and direct access to the trials, drive and anxieties of its renowned mountain climbing subjects, the Sundance Audience Award winner Meru is a hybrid of gorgeous nature photography and riveting nonfictional storytelling.


Love & Mercy, directed by Bill Pohlad & The Wolfpack, directed by Crystal Moselle
Double-feature screens August 19 at Castro Theatre

Love & Mercy is a 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.

The Wolfpack—winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance 2015—intimately focuses on the charming and insightful Angulo brothers, who range in age from 16 to 24. Because the boys 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.


Meru, directed by Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi 
Opens August 21 at Sundance Kabuki CinemaShattuck Cinemas 

With jaw-dropping cinematography of one of the most remote places on earth and direct access to the trials, drive and anxieties of its renowned mountain climbing subjects, the Sundance Audience Award winner Meru is a hybrid of gorgeous nature photography and riveting nonfictional storytelling.


We Come as Friends, directed by Hubert Sauper
Opens August 28 at Roxie Theater

South Sudan may have declared its independence in 2011 but that hasn't kept outside forces from staking their claims in the world's newest country. These embattled people now find themselves confronted by a new breed of predatory adversary that's eager to reap financial gains while turning a blind eye to the human cost of neocolonialism.