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Raoul Peck drama, 'A German Youth' and Tsui Hark thriller - San Francisco In'tl Film Festival final week

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By Moira Sullivan

The San Francisco International Film Festival continues through May 7 and there are many exceptional films that will be screened in the final week.
Tsui Hark’s “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” on April 30, a political thriller set at the end of World War II. In this narrative, the mission of People’s Liberation Army Captain Shao Jianbo (Lin Gengxin) is to take Tiger Mountain, once occupied by the Japanese and now the territory of a bandit king named Hawk (played by Tony Leung Ka-fai). The big budget film features 3D and CGI special effects-  
A brilliant documentary “A German Youth” directed by Jean-Gabriel Periot, a French –German-Swiss co-production screens on May 2 and 5th at Sundance Kabuki. It chronicles the conditions in West Germany in the 60’s and 70’s and protests by German youth against the state. Such a time created the Red Army Faction and the Baader Meinhof Gang.Ulrike Meinhof was an established journalist who later became a spokesman for the left and pa…

San Francisco Int'l Film Festival - classic and new work abounds in 58th edition

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By Moira Sullivan

The 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival will be held April 23 through May 7. This is the 58th edition of the event and 181 films will be screened—features, documentaries, shorts and special events. Here are some the highlights of this festival organized by the San Francisco Film Society and some of the exceptional films.
This year the "Golden Gate Persistence of Vision" Award honoring the achievements of a filmmaker working in non-narrative film goes to British veteran and documentarian Kim Longinotto. She has an ambitious line of work behind her that chronicles the lives of women. Her latest film "Dreamcatcher" focusses on Chicago’s sex workers and the work of Brenda Myers Powell who counsels and encourages the women to respect themselves. She is shown speaking with teenagers, women on the street and incest survivors. The film will be screened May 2, 2015 in the presence of the filmmaker at the Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco.
On May…

Isabella Rossellini is coming to the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

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By Moira Sullivan


Isabella Rossellini has had a long-term love affair with insects and animals.  She is the daughter of the Swedish screen actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian film director Roberto Rossellini. Isabella went back to school after a successful career as a model for Lancôme and a motion pictures actress. One of her major roles was in David Lynch’s "Blue Velvet" made in 1986. 
Isabella studied animal behavior ecology and conservation after these careers in order to be well acquainted with her subjects.  First she made 40 short films , which she called "Green Porno", then she did theater presentations written with Jean-Claude Carrière. After that she wrote a book about the sex life of animals and finally a film made by Judy Shapiro chronicles this work. This documentary will be presented at the San Francisco Int'l Film Festival ("Green Porno" Live!) that runs from April 23–May 7. The film will be screened April 26 and April 27 in the presen…