July – August 2014
Co-presented by San Francisco Cinematheque
NEW 35MM PRINT COURTESY OF JANUS FILMS!
In its native land, František Vláčil’s MARKETA LAZAROVÁ has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.
Dir: František Vláčil. 1967. 35mm. In Czech w/ English subtitles. 167 mins.
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Free Admission for Kids under 12 / Adults $7.50 only
The 2nd program of the special series “ROXIE KIDS” is Hayao Miyazaki’s directorial debut film.
Where dreams become nightmares….
at the Castle of Cagliostro
While driving through the streets of Europe, Lupin and Jigen, a sharpshooter, find a young woman named Clarise in a bridal gownchased by villains. A spectacular car chase ensues in order to save this damsel in distress.
Lupin frees Clarise from the hands of these hoodlums and she shows her gratitude by giving Lupin a precious and cherished ring of hers. Feeling quite uneasy about this bizarre experience, Lupin and Jigen proceed to the dukedom of Cagliostro.
The ruler of the dukedom, the Duke of Cagliostro died a few years back and now Clarise whom Lupin had saved previously is to marry her Uncle, the Count of Cagliostro and thus become a Princess. After learning that her Uncles intentions are devious, Clarise is imprisoned in the clock tower of the Castle. When becoming aware of this, Lupin forces his way into the tower to try once again to rescue Clarise.
Inspector Zenigata, who is in pursuit of Lupin, learns of his whereabouts and proceeds to travel to Cagliostro in order to catch him. In his search for Lupin, the Inspector stumbles upon a factory located in the Castle which manufactures counterfeit coins and paper money to be circulated throughout the world. Putting his search for Lupin aside, the Inspector now devotes his efforts to exposing this crime taking place in the Castle. This diverts his attention to capturing the notorious Lupin.
The day now arrives when the Count is to be married and before a worldwide television audience, Lupin disguised as a priest carries Clarise away just before the wedding vows are to be exchanged.
This causes an incredible state of confusion at the Castle. The Count pursues Lupin and the great chase is about to begin….
100 mins / 1979 / English dubbed IMDB trailer
Executive Producer: Yutaka Fujioka
Producer : Tetsuo Katayama
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Script Writers : Hayao Miyazaki & Haruya Yamazaki
Art Director Shichiro Kobayashi
Music Composer: Yuji Ohno
Recording Director: Satoshi Kato
Original Author : Monkey Punchi
Production Company: TMS ENTERTAINMENT CO.LTD.
Original comic books created by Monkey Punch
©TMS All Rights Reserved.
☆Other Roxie Kids programs are here.
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax
Jenny just broke up with her boyfriend, so she thinks it would be a good time to crash her filmmaker brother Jeff’s Tiki bar basement for a couple of weeks to figure things out. Problem for Jeff is, when you’ve got a toddler and money is tight and your wife is struggling to balance motherhood and art, it might not be a great idea to have a perpetually wasted 27-year old around. Also – it’s Christmas in Chicago. Working again with DRINKING BUDDIES collaborators Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (working in warm-hued Super 16mm), Swanberg’s latest is a can’t-miss cocktail of effervescent performances, cringe-inducing realities and small graces. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham & Jude Swanberg. Dir: Joe Swanberg. 2014. Digital. 77 mins.
“What a pleasure it is to watch a film showing life as it is, not warped into a fantasy of superhuman power. You can feast on such realism in Richard Linklater’s seven-course masterpiece, “Boyhood,” or sample it in Joe Swanberg’s modest but savory amuse-bouche, HAPPY CHRISTMAS.”
- NEW YORK TIMES
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“…Charming, Poignant, Hilarious…” – Maria Shriver, NBC NEWS
“Touching!” – Village Voice
“A Must-See Film!” – Huffington Post
CYBER-SENIORS chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video. A spirited video competition for the most “views” evolves as the cyber-seniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. CYBER-SENIORS provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged, proving you are never too old to get ‘connected’. Directed by Saffron Cassaday – 2014 – 75 Minutes.
Brave New World is a tech and science film series with presentations and discussions by science and technology experts.
Brown Bread: The Story of an Adoptive Family
FILMMAKER SARAH GROSS IN PERSON!
In the hills of Northern California, an unusual family gathers for their reunion. As they join hands around the table, their colorful mix of races looks like the American dream of integration.
Black, white, middle class, ghetto: adoption gave the same name to six children from very different backgrounds. Scenes from the family reunion are interwoven with images from their home lives: a professor at Stanford, a manual laborer, an entrepreneur in debt. How do they bridge the differences of race and class which divide them?
A personal documentary about what it means to grow up in an adoptive family.
Directed by Sarah Gross. 2013. 87 mins. NR
SARAH GROSS studied filmmaking at Harvard University, where she began exploring the portrait documentary. In the industry, she is an experienced 1st A.D., working on major European productions such as award-winning Good Bye Lenin. Her short films have won awards, and she has received European MEDIA funding to develop several screenwriting projects. She has three children and is based in Berlin, Germany. BROWN BREAD is her first feature-length film.
This extraordinary doc and Audience Award-winner about the 2008 murder of 15-year-old Larry King will both break your heart and fire you up into action. It brilliantly focuses on how bigotry and prejudice are community-wide problems, rather than only the acts of individuals. Frameline is more than your favorite summertime film festival! From the folks who bring you the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Frameline Encore is a fresh, queer community screening series.
Dir: Marta Cunningham. Digital. 2013. 87 mins. 7pm.
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A surprise hit at Sundance, KINK tells the true story of sex, submission, and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose nine-to-five workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the wold’s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes – for the uninitiated, that stands for bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism. Come peer inside one of the Roxie’s most notorious neighbors. Produced by James Franco. Directed by Christina Voros. 2013. Digital. 79 mins.
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MI CASA NO ES SU CASA tells the story of a rapidly evolving neighborhood: San Francisco’s Mission District. Stripping down the word “gentrification” to its literal and interpreted meanings, this film addresses the multifaceted perspectives of the issue. Through interviews with long time residents, politicians, professors and community activists MI CASA NO ES SU CASA gives us a snapshot into this vibrant neighborhood and the complicated politics of its newfound popularity.
Directed by Avery Yu and Haley Jensen. 40 mins.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers!
We’re excited to team up with one of our favorite film festivals – the mighty SLAMDANCE – for a night of film and fun.
FILMMAKER RECEPTION – 6PM! Come hang out with Jay Alvarez and drink wine at the
Bargetto Winery Filmmaker Reception!
I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER
Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving. Written & Directed by Jay Alvarez. Digital. 2014. 110 mins.
Special Jury Prize for Original Vision at the Slamdance Film Festival.
NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.
Neon Tokyo : Anime World #2 – AKIRA
Thursday, August 21st
The 2nd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “AKIRA”, Japanese animated action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.
“A fever-dream masterpiece” Village Voice
“A towering achievement of imagination” Time Out
Neo-Tokyo is about to E•X•P •L•O•D•E
Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.
The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. It became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation. (Wikipedia)
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo and Izo Hashimoto.
Voices Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro Ishida.
1988. Japan. 124min. Digital. Rating: R
Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd.
©1988 Akira Committee. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco