COME SEE THIS WILD EXPERIMENTAL REMAKE OF HITCHCOCK’S VERTIGO.
Commissioned by SFFILM, THE GREEN FOG is a visual collage by cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin and co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, with an original score recorded by Kronos Quartet and composed by Jacob Garchik.
Maddin, set himself the challenge to remake VERTIGO without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words. Using Bay Area footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to our fair city.
Composer Jacob Garchik fashions a score that converses with Maddin and Johnson’s irreverent and loving footage to create a distinctive musical extravaganza. San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet performs the musical work masterfully, combining with the film their iconic spirit of fearless exploration and re-imagining string quartet music.
Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the 75th Golden Globe Awards 2018
With great anticipation for the Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s 22nd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (February 9-14, 2018), we are proud to present the San Francisco Special Preview of Germany’s Official Entry to the 2018 Academy Awards®, Fatih Akin’s IN THE FADE, starring Diane Kruger in her riveting, first-ever German-language role which garnered her the prestigious Best Actress Award at Festival de Cannes.
The Film: Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice. A Magnolia Pictures release.
105 mins. Germany. 2017. In German with English subtitles.
Main Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Johannes Krisch, Samia Chancrin, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur, Rafael Santana
$15.00 General Public (including seniors, students, disabled)
Screening in 35mm on Friday, January 12 featuring a Skype Q&A with director Slava Tsukerman!
Additional screenings of the new digital restoration on 1/13 and 1/14.
“THE FUNNIEST, CRAZIEST, MOST PERVERSELY BEAUTIFUL, SCIENCE-FICTION MOVIE EVER MADE!” -N.Y. Magazine
In honor of the new digital restoration by Vinegar Syndrome, we proudly present New Wave classic, LIQUID SKY (1982). Since the 80s, LIQUID SKY could only be viewed in theatrical 35mm screenings and out-of-print VHS and DVD limited-releases. After two years of collaboration with Tsukerman, Vinegar Syndrome has released the first full restoration. See it on Friday, 1/12 in gorgeous 35mm and then see the newly restored digital version on Saturday and Sunday to view it as never before in all of its neon glory!
Fashion model, Margaret, dreams of stardom and shares a New York apartment with musician and heroin dealer, Adrian. Unbeknownst to the couple, tiny aliens have come to Earth seeking out heroin and are making a home on their roof. Realizing human dopamine is more satisfying than heroin, the aliens begin kill everyone Margaret has sex with in order to feed off their pleasure-providing neurons. A German scientist observes patiently from an apartment nearby. Starring Anne Carlisle in a dual role as Margaret and Jimmy, Margaret’s drug-addicted model rival. Tsukerman’s LIQUID SKY is an avant-garde, queer masterpiece and a true depiction of 80’s New York.
Directed by Slava Tsukerman. 1982. 112 minutes. Color. Starring Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Bob Brady, and Susan Doukas.
“[A] superb film. A living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade.”– Variety
Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, the film follows the Raineys, a close knit African-American family living in North Philadelphia: father Christopher “Quest” Rainey, who juggles various jobs to support his family; Christine’a “Ma Quest,” who works at a women’s shelter; Christine’a’s son William, who is undergoing cancer treatment while caring for his baby son; and PJ, Quest and Christine’a’s young daughter. In a neighborhood besieged by inequality and neglect, they nurture a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a profound testament to love, healing and hope.
QUEST has swept top documentary awards at festivals across the country since it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury prize at the Full Frame Festival.
There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.
Based on his own graphic novel, Alberto Vázquez’s BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is a darkly comic, mind-bending fantasy. Gorgeous graphic imagery brings to life a surreal and discordant world populated by adorable (and adorably disturbed) animated critters, searching for hope and love amid the ruin.
A film by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero. Spain. 2015. 76 min. DCP. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Psiconautas: Los Niños Olvidados
Birdboy y Dinki son dos adolescentes que han decidido escapar de una isla asolada por una catástrofe ecológica: Birdboy aislándose del mundo, Dinki emprendiendo un arriesgado viaje con la esperanza de que Birdboy la acompañe.
“Los personajes se mueven como el trazo de Vázquez requiere y el lenguaje visual de la película se impone como firme identidad estilística y no como fruto del pulso con posibilismos de producción” – Jordi Costa (Diario El País)
“Uno de los trabajos animados más personales y meritorios hechos en España en los últimos tiempos (…) Cine valiente y valioso, muy bien ilustrado, y que afronta de forma directa temas tabú en este cine.” Pablo González Taboada (Cinemanía)
“Recently moved to Oslo to attend school, a young woman falls in love and discovers that she possesses terrifying powers, in this supernatural thriller from acclaimed director Joachim Trier (OSLO, AUGUST 31st, LOUDER THAN BOMBS).
A decidedly cerebral, austere variation on Carrie, or maybe a sleek, modernized update of Dreyer’s Day of Wrath, Joachim Trier’s Thelma focuses on a timid young woman (Eili Harboe) who leaves her rural home to study in Oslo. There, she finds love for the first time. But her relationship is complicated by her family’s oppressive meddling, their seemingly fundamentalist religious beliefs, and, possibly, her unique ability to shape and affect her environment. When Thelma is upset or agitated, strange things seem to happen.
Walking a razor’s edge of ambiguity, Trier creates a world that is at once bright, nauseatingly oppressive, and potentially supernatural. The explanation for these unusual events favoured by Thelma’s parents — that Thelma forces people to do things — flies in the face of rational thought. And neither father Trond (Henrik Rafaelsen) nor mother Unni (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) are what you might call supportive. A needling Norwegian version of a Dickens step-parent, Unni has memorized the details of her daughter’s life and seems capable of controlling her even though she’s hours away. Trond looks at Thelma with undisguised fear and contempt.
As the strange events pile up, we’re left to ask whether Thelma’s behaviour results from her parents’ devastating disapproval or causes it, and whether we should embrace the existence of dark magical forces as an explanation or dig a little deeper. Thelma might be the most daring, fascinating piece yet from the award-winning filmmaker of REPRISE and OSLO, AUGUST 31st.” – Toronto Int’l. Film Fest.
Directed by Joachim Trier. With Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen & Henrik Rafaelsen. Norway, Sweden, France, Denmark. 2017 In Norwegian with English subtitles. DCP. 117 mins.
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. Yorgos Lanthimos (DOG TOOTH, THE LOBSTER) has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. With Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone. DCP. 121 mins.
Director and Producer Pouran Derakhshandeh in person for Q&A after the screening!
Shirin (Merila Zarei), facing difficulties in her family life and relationship with her husband (Farhad Aslani) and son, is trying to bring the family back together. When she learns that her husband is having an affair, it pushes her to the edge.
Winner of Best Actress for Merila Zarie and Best Make-Up at 35th Fajr Film Festival in Tehran. Nominated for 6 Awards at 35 Fajr Film Festival
Director and Producer Pouran Derakhshandeh. With Merlia Zarei, Farhad Aslani, Behnoush Tabatabee, Laleh Marzban. 110 min. DCP. In Persian with English subtitles.
“Ask yourself: “Do I have any interest at all in a movie with ‘WolfCop’ in the title?” If the answer’s yes, you probably won’t be disappointed.” -Los Angeles Times
A year has passed since the dark eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the infamous lycanthrope crime-fighter. Although the evil that controlled Woodhaven were defeated, the small town is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fuelled lunar outbursts are now seriously testing his relationship with his partner Tina Walsh — the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a villainous entrepreneur looking to transform the town has set up a nefarious new venture. Prepare for the next outrageous chapter of this global cult favourite that has already been identified as dirtier, hairier and more hilarious than the original… Consider yourself warned!
Written and directed by Lowell Dean. With Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Yannick Bisson, Serena (Sara) Miller 2017. 82 min. DCP.
Young artist Kyoko (Ami Tomite) wreaks havoc on everyone that she encounters, her worst being reserved for simpering older assistant Noriko (Mariko Trutsui), whom she routinely humiliates—or at least that’s what seems to be happening, before an abrupt about-face. Outrageous rabble-rouser Sono’s contribution to the Roman Porno redux series contains plenty of sex, but is also a fourth-wall breaking, experimental study of feminine agency set against outlandish, eye-popping backdrops.
Directed by Sion Sono. 2016. 76min. DCP
Statement from Director Sion Sono
ANTIPORNO is the antithesis against the recent flood of pink contents. Basically, I don’t like the genre of pornography so much and would rather feel somehow discomfort. Nonetheless, I agreed with “Roman Porno Reboot Project” with the regard to high degree of freedom for production. Each director creates a film based on the rule of Nikkatsu Roman Porno classics that stipulated a sex scene every 10 minutes and production within a certain budget and shooting period while expressing their own originality. As one of the lineup films created by notable directors under the same conditions, I expected the film would become quite interesting if I visualized my strange feeling about pornography straightforwardly. I dare to do away with logical sequence in this film and completed it with the belief that I make a women’s film by taking an anti-porno side. I’m really satisfied with the finished work.