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Apr
9
Wed
ARAB SHORTS #1
April 9, 2014

A New International Short Film Series presented by the Arab Film Festival, Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary and animated short films. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world bringing the best short films to our Northern Californian audiences.

Wednesday, April 9: Children of God, Lipstick, Children of War, Happy Birthday, War Canister, Saleh Cafe, The Famous Jafar Asan Aboud, Sabbat el Aid (In my Shoes), Jasmenco

Visit the AFF’s website  for full programming information.

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Apr
16
Wed
ARAB SHORTS #2
April 16, 2014

A New International Short Film Series presented by the Arab Film Festival, Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary and animated short films. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world bringing the best short films to our Northern Californian audiences.

Wednesday, April 16: Abu Rami, Café Regular Cairo, Bobby, The 40th Day, Sofia, Maqloubeh, Lettre à Mohamed (Letter to Mohamed), Eastern Winds

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Apr
18
Fri
FAUST
April 18, 2014 - April 24, 2014

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“There are some films that make you cry, there are some films that make you laugh, and there are some films that change you forever after you see them; and this is one of them.”– Darren Aronofsky.

“Faust is compellingly, often hypnotically dreamlike and grotesque, a film not quite like any other. It rings bells redolent of certain classic 1970s Herzog features…”– Dennis Harvey, SF Bay Guardian

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! Winner of the 2011 Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion.

FAUST is the latest film from acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov (RUSSIAN ARK), a hallucinatory re-imagining of Goetheʼs masterpiece set in the early 19th century. It concludes his “Men of Power” tetralogy, and features the exquisite cinematography of Bruno Delbonnel (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS). Faust is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment, but becomes obsessed with the lovely Margarete and eventually sells his soul to the Devil so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey. Directed by Alexander Sokurov. 2011. Digital. In German with English subtitles.

 

Apr
23
Wed
ARAB SHORTS #3
April 23, 2014

A New International Short Film Series presented by the Arab Film Festival, Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary and animated short films. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world bringing the best short films to our Northern Californian audiences.

When they Slept, Noor, Nesma’s Birds, Al Maktoub, Charlie and Janet, Camp, Hornacheros, Al Muqana 3

Visit the AFF’s website for full programming information.

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May
10
Sat
FIRST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERGALACTIC FELINE FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL FOR HUMANS
May 10, 2014

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You can buy tickets purrrr program (for $12, at the bottom of the page), or get an ALL CAT-CESS PASS for $30 that gets you into EVERYTHING!

OPENING FESTIVITIES (Noon):

- Lil Bub IN PERSON!

- A WORLD PURRR-MIERE of a new Lil Bub video!

- A Brief History of Cat Videos!

- …And more!

 

CENTERPIECE SELECTIONS (4pm):

- Owlbert live!

- YOUR cat video submissions in our NEW DIRECTORS’ NEW FILMS section!

- ALL NEW WORLD PURRR-MIERE cat videos by ALEX ROSS PERRY (The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip), ZACH CLARK (White Reindeer, Modern Love is Automatic), KENT OSBORNE (Adventure Time, School Ties) AND MORE!

- Skype Q&A with KENT OSBORNE (Spongebob Squarepants, Uncle Kent)!

- Scratch Tracks: Live Meowsic + Film with Mike Shoun and Maya Deren’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT!

- Even more stuff!

 

CLOSING NIGHT (8pm):

- EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE live in person, getting a trophy or two and showing a bunch of vidoes!

- EMERGING VISIONS: SLOTHS

- THE CAT FROM OUTER SPACE (1978) in 35mm!

- Thrills, chills, surprises, revelations, world-changers and stark admissions!

BUY AN ALL-CAT-CCESS FESTIVAL PASS HERE!

First Annual San Francisco Intergalactic Film + Video Festival for Humans from RoxieTheater on Vimeo.

Jun
29
Sun
ROXIE KIDS: The Adventure of Panda and Friends
June 29, 2014

PandaLogoFree Admission for Kids under 12 / Adults $7.50 only

We will raffle 10 Panda Hats for kids!!

(donated by the head panda)

 

The 1st program of the special series “ROXIE KIDS” is an adventurous animation created with concept and original story by Hayao Miyazaki. 

Wherever they go, whatever they do…..
Its always fun and adventure for them.

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One day, Papa Panda and his son, Pandy, make a daring escape from a zoo in hopes of finding themselves a nice and cozy home. A charming little house near the bamboo thicket attracts their attention, and they decide to drop in for a friendly visit. It is here that they find a sweet young girl, Pamela, who is house-sitting while her grandmother is away.
In talking with Pamela, they learn that she has no parents, so Papa Panda, feeling sorry for her, volunteers to be her new Daddy. In return Pamela offers to be Pandys new mother. From this day forward, they all live together as one big happy family, each day bringing a new and exciting adventure. Along the way, they befriend a tiger, who has lost its way from the circus. Eventually the tiger finds his way back but only after being involved in several mishaps with Pandy.

 

Then they encounter a fierce storm which floods the neighborhood. A SOS message is received from the tiger, who is trapped inside a train with the rest of the circus animals, because of the storm.
They rush to the rescue of their distressed friends. Papa Panda braves the foul weather and tears the roof off the train to free the trapped animals. However, in the midst of doing so, the train suddenly takes off and heads towards the town, out of control.
The townspeople all panic as the train is about to crash into their homes. But their fear is put to rest as Papa Panda succeeds in stopping the train in the nick of time and saves them all from a sure disaster.

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75mins. / 1972-1973 / English dubbed IMDB trailer

Concept &Screening: HAYAO MIYAZAKI

Director: ISAO TAKAHATA

Animation Directors: Yasuo Otsuka, Yoichi Otabe

Art Directors: Hisao Fukuda, Shichiro Kobayashi

Director of Photography: Tatsumasa Shimizu

Music: Masahiko Sato

© 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

Jul
16
Wed
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE
July 16, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE

Wednesday, July 16th

The 1st program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is omnibus  animations including Oscar nominated short film “POSSESSION” and “COMBUSTIBLE” by Katshuhiro Otomo, the creator of “AKIRA”.  Four amazing directors created four astounding animated films.

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In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA),as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-forcesaga of men battlingrobotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomohimself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN). Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!

 

“ COMBUSTIBLE”

combustibleDirector: KATSUHIRO OTOMO    

FILMOGRAPHY
- Akira (1988) – Steamboy (2004) – Memories (1995) – Mushishi (2006)

Character Design: Hidekazu Ohara

Voice Cast: Saori Hayami, Masakazu Morita

 

 

 

 

 

“POSSESSIONS”

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Director: SHUHEI MORITA

FILMOGRAPHY :

- Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek (2005) – FREEDOM (2006 – 2008) - Coicent (2010)

Original Story/Concept Design: Keisuke Kishi

Character Design: Daisuke Sajiki

 

 

 

 

“ GAMBO     

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Director: HIROAKI ANDO

 FILMOGRAPHY: – FIVE NUMBERS! (2011)                            

Original Story/screenplay – KATSUHITO ISHII

FILMOGRAPHY :

- The Taste Of Tea (2004) – REDLINE (2010) - Smuggler (2011)

Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Voice Cast: Mutsumi Tamura, Daisuke Namikawa

 

 

“ A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS     

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Director: HAJIME KATOKI

 Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo

Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka

Voice Cast: Issei Futamata, Tomoyuki Dan
                     Shigeru Ushiyama, Akio Ohtsuk

 

 

© SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE
©KATSUHIRO OTOMO/MASH•ROOM/SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE

RUNNING TIME: 68 mins.  / 2013 /English Subtitled.

To learn more go to http://www.elevenarts.net/th_gallery/shortpeace/

Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup 

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax

Jul
27
Sun
ROXIE KIDS: Lupin the 3rd “The CASTLE of CAGLIOSTRO”
July 27, 2014

Free Admission for Kids under 12 / Adults $7.50 only

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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

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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 ZeniCalisro-4gata, 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

 

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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

Aug
21
Thu
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo: Anime World #2 – AKIRA
August 21, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #2 – AKIRA

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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)

“AKIRA” TRAILER

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.

Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax, Asian Art Museum, Cosplay San Francisco

Aug
22
Fri
ME AND YOU (Io e Te)
August 22, 2014 - August 28, 2014
ME AND YOU (Io e Te) Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

ME AND YOU (Io e Te)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Co-presented by Istituto Italiano di Cultura

 

“Beautifully made… a meditation on the transformative possibilities of a relationship.”

– Stephen Holden, New York Times

 

“[Bertolucci] is still a force to be reckoned with.”

– The Guardian

 

MEANDYOU-master675Bertolucci’s first Italian-language feature in 32 years follows Lorenzo, a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers. Lorenzo decides to take a break from it all by hiding out in his building’s neglected basement where for an entire week he will finally avoid all conflict and pressure to be a “normal” teenager. But an unexpected visit from Lorenzo’s older half-sister Olivia changes everything. A worldly 25-year-old beauty, her problematic and fragile state upsets Lorenzo’s total escape from reality, and their forced cohabitation in the basement’s confined space brings forth confrontation and old resentments, but also a need for affection and intimacy. A few emotional days and nights with his sister Olivia will inspire Lorenzo to see the world through new eyes. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Written by Niccolò Ammaniti, Umberto Contarello, Francesca Marciano and Bernardo, based on the novel “Io e Te,” by Mr. Ammaniti. Director of photography: Fabio Cianchetti. With Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Tea Falco, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Tommaso Ragno and Pippo Delbono. Not Rated. In Italian, with English subtitles. Running time: 97 mins.

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