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48th Annual San Francisco Film Festival Offers Something for EveryoneJudging from the level of activity it is apparent that the San Francisco Film Festival was celebrating its 48th Anniversary with the array of panels, seminars, films, and parties that were offered this year. The attendance hit record levels coming in at a monstrous 77,000 a 5% increase over last year. In just over two week’s time, thousands of festival attendees packed into theaters that screened 185 films from 48 countries....

From France to Latin America: San Francisco Festival

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The San Francisco International Film FestivalBence NanayFor decades, the San Francisco Film Festival has been probably the most unusual film festival in the United States. It has been unusual because very few American films have been on display here. American film festivals tend to pitch themselves either as independent film festivals of the Sundance ilk or as Hollywood showcases with lots of special guests one could see at the Oscars gala. In either way, American film festivals are about Americ...

San Francisco Festival Plethora of Events and Artists.

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San Francisco International Film Festival Opens With a Plethora of Events and Artists.San Francisco may be well known for its landmarks, but this week the historic sites are being upstaged by a whirlwind of activities, films, and well known artists. The Festival runs from April 21- May 5th and boasts 185 films from 49 countries, including 14 world premieres. There are several special presentations and parties planned during the festival from opening night to closing night, one of which took plac...

Widen your focus at San Francisco International Film Fest

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48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) Widen your focus. That’s the tagline of the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival, whose curtains opened at the Castro Theatre on Thursday night, April 21. North America’s oldest film festival is “dedicated to forging a relationship between cultures and countries,” stated Roxanne Messina Captor, San Francisco Film Society Executive Director and recent recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des L...

Paul Haggis honored at The San Francisco Fest

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PAUL HAGGIS TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL MAURICE KANBAR AWARD AT48th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALApril 21–May 5, 2005)Writer/Director/Producer to be Honored for Excellence in ScreenwritingThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Academy Award nominee Paul Haggis will be the recipient of the inaugural Maurice Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2005). The award will be presented to Haggis at Film Soc...

Joan Allen will be honored at the 48th San Francisco Fest

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JOAN ALLEN TO RECEIVE PETER J. OWENS AWARD AT 48th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALActor to be Saluted for Brilliance, Independence and IntegrityThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Joan Allen will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5, 2005). The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Film Society board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work ex...

San Francisco Film Festival opening night

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47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15-29) April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: ...

Laws of Attraction closing San Fransisco SFIFF

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The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29) is set to close on Thursday, April 29, 7 pm, at the historic Castro Theatre with Peter Howitt’s LAWS OF ATTRACTION. A humorous depiction of two warring lawyers who fall for each other, the film stars Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Parker Posey.Divorce attorneys Audrey and Daniel have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios. So, how bad could their chances be? Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Pierce Bro...

Coffee & Cigarettes from Jim Jarmusch will open SFIFF

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47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH JIM JARMUSCH’S COFFEE AND CIGARETTES:Comic Vignettes from a Pioneer of American Independent Film The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29) is set to open on Thursday, April 15, 7 pm, at the historic Castro Theatre with Jim Jarmusch’s COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, a humorous collection of café conversations on various offbeat topics.COFFEE AND CIGARETTES stars an assortment of beloved performers including Bill Murr...

Actor Chris Cooper to be honored at SFIFF

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CHRIS COOPER TO RECEIVE PETER J. OWENS AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALActor to be Saluted for Brilliance, Independence and Integrity The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Chris Cooper will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Festival board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work exempli...

Milos Forman honored at SFIFF this April

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MILOS FORMAN TO BE RECIPIENT OF FILM SOCIETY DIRECTING AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDirector, Producer, Writer in San Francisco April 22Milos Forman will receive the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Award will be presented to Forman by Danny DeVito on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Film Society Awards Night at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The San Francisco Film Society wi...

Ann Savage honored at Noir City Fest

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY CO-PRESENTS DETOUR AT OPENING NIGHT OF SECOND ANNUAL NOIR CITY FILM FESTIVAL Reception with Honored Guest Ann Savage The San Francisco Film Society will co-present the screening of DETOUR and a reception honoring Ann Savage at Opening Night ofthe second annual Noir City Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on Friday,January 16.The most vicious femme fatale in the history of American movies, saysfilm noir author and Noir City programmer Eddie Muller of Ann Savage’schil...

San Francisco winning films travel to Cuban fest

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Well if you missed them last spring: here is another chance to view San Francisco award-winning films in Cuba.The 25th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana will present a selection of award-winning films from the 46th San Francisco International Film Festival in Havana, Cuba, December 2 -12, 2003.The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival Awards section of theHavana Film Festival will include LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, Golden Gate Award BestBay Area Documentary Feature;...

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