So excited that more stories from the San Francisco International Film Festival are making their way into the world. Bay Area, there are so many great films hitting the big screen this coming month. See below to learn just what we're talkin' about.
STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, opens September 4 at Embarcadero Center Cinema & California Theatre
When Steve Jobs died in 2011, the world mourned. But why, asks Alex Gibney, were people who never knew him moved to tears by the death of a businessman who sold them products? Featuring frank interviews with close friends and former colleagues, the film adds detail, nuance and counterpoint to the burnished tale of Jobs’ journey from garage to corner office, offering a bracingly candid inquiry into his genius and his flaws as well as our own relationship to technology.
THE TRIBE, opens September 4 at the Roxie Theatre
A tour de force of pure expressive, explosive cinema, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s one-of-a-kind drama recasts Lord of the Flies in a Ukrainian school for the deaf where violence and unforgiving social Darwinism speak louder than words. Telling its story completely through non-subtitled sign language, The Tribe is a stunning directorial debut and a unique, disturbing cinematic vision. No subtitles.
THE SECOND MOTHER, opens September 4 at Landmark Theatres
Val (portrayed magnificently by Regina Casé) is a devoted live-in housemaid for an upper middle-class family in São Paulo. When her estranged daughter arrives from their hometown to take university entrance exams, tension in the household rises as the unspoken class divide becomes uncomfortably clear in this measured, finely detailed drama.
ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS, plays September 17 at Embarcadero Center Cinema — one show only!
What do Chuck Norris, Tom Cruise, Faye Dunaway and Jean-Luc Godard have in common? They all made films for the inimitable Cannon Group, and the splendidly entertaining Electric Boogaloo charts the course of the company, the larger-than-life people behind it and the roster of memorable movies—from cult classics to higher-brow art films—it brought to the big screen.
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND, opens September 18 at the Clay Theatre
When a beautiful young woman dies, she leaves behind her husband, David, and best friend, Claire. The widower’s main coping mechanism—dressing in his wife’s clothes—becomes a way for the woman's two loved ones to explore their grief (and their own evolving notions of gender, friendship and romantic attraction) without drowning in sadness. With bold colors, remarkable acting prowess and an ingenious plot, Ozon’s delightful and liberatory new film is a concoction worth savoring.
THE ROYAL ROAD, plays September 24 at the Roxie Theatre — one show only!
San Francisco director Jenni Olson’s second feature-length film solidifies her standing as a major voice in the use of film as personal essay. Primarily composed of two elements—Olson’s self-revealing voiceover narration and long takes of beautifully composed urban landscapes shot on vibrant 16mm film—the film’s spare approach belies a sly and bountiful complexity as it burrows into the endlessly mineable terrains of history and memory.
GOODNIGHT MOMMY, opens September 25 at Opera Plaza Cinema & Shattuck Cinemas
A mother needs absolute calm to recover from plastic surgery and becomes increasingly annoyed and borderline abusive with her free-spirited children. They in turn begin to suspect that something might not be altogether right with her since the procedure, and the stakes between them begin to ratchet up.
Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks and highly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country's most beautiful cities, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for excellence in film craft.