San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is the longest running film festival in the US. This year marks its 62nd year and the festival runs from April 10 through April 23, 2019. San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland are the 3 venues where you can catch the films and listen to filmmakers talk about their craft.
The festival opened on April 10, 2019 with Netflix’s Tales of the City at the Castro Theatre. The series is inspired by Armistead Maupin’s work about San Francisco and is many ways a fitting opening for the festival.
Director Lulu Wang’s Farewell is the center piece film that you catch at the Castro Theatre on April 18, 2019. The film stars Akwafina of the Crazy Rich Asians fame.
Director Gavin Hood’s new film Official Secrets is the closing night film on April 23, 2019. The film is a political thrilled based on a true story of a British translator for a British Intelligence agency.
Sandwiched between the opening and closing night films is a great mix of films from all over the world. Here is a partial list of films that caught my eyes like Michael Tolajian’s documentary Q Ball, Stanley Nelson’s Miles Davis:Birth of Cool, Ritesh Batra’s Photograph, Tom Quinn’s Colewell, Janice Engel’s Raise Hell:The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am and many more films.
Visit sffilm.org for information on schedule and tickets for the film festival.
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