Now that spring has come to a head, it’s finally time to start looking forward to all of the upcoming specialty and international film festivals that help bring Asian (and, of course, other regions’) cinema to the big screen and a wider audience. In our first year as a podcast and website, VCinema has been pleased to bring both frontline and peripheral coverage of Japan Cuts, the New York Asian Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head, the Shinsedai Cinema Festival, The Portland International Film Festival, The Zipangu Fest, and others. This year will be no different and we will kick off with focused coverage of the 54th annual San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF).
The SFIFF is the longest running festival film festival in the Americas and has hosted some of the greatest films and most prestigious filmmakers in cinematic history. There is, in fact, a browsable history page of the festival here. This year’s festival looks to be no different with films, both old and new from high-profile veterans of the festival circuit such as Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2010), Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, 1975; with commendation given to screenwriter Frank Pierson) and Oliver Stone (Salvador, 1986; with commendation given to the filmmaker) to newcomers such as Oscar Godoy (Ulysses, 2011) and Larysa Kondracki (The Whistleblower, 2010).
Our own coverage will, of course, mainly focus on the festival’s Asian offerings and here is a small sample of films for which we have planned coverage over the next few weeks (note: subject to change) : 13 Assassins (2010, Miike Takashi, pictured left), The Journals of Musan (2010, Park Jung-Bum), The Stool Pigeon (2010, Dante Lam), End of Animal (2010, Jo Sung-Hee), Hahaha (2010, Hong Sang-soo), Let the Wind Carry Me (2010,Kwan Pun-leung & Chiang Hsiu-chiung), and more.
Visit the San Francisco International Film Festival web site (here) for more information on screenings, events, and to purchase tickets.
13 Assassins still courtesy of The San Francisco Film Society