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San Francisco Film Fest Adds Centerpieces

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 22, 2013 at 1:45AM

The San Francisco Film Society continues to roll out programs for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25-May 9). The festival will screen three familiar features which have already picked up momentum at previous festivals, for its Big Night series.
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'Before Midnight': Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
'Before Midnight': Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke


The San Francisco Film Society continues to roll out programs for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25-May 9). The festival will screen three familiar features which have already picked up momentum at previous festivals, for its Big Night series.

San Francisco International kicks off with Toronto debut “What Maisie Knew.” A revamp of the eponymous Henry James novel from 1897, the film is directed by Bay Area locals Scott McGehee and David Siegel and stars Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as a divorcing couple who ignore their little girl. Alexander Skarsgard co-stars. (Early Indiewire review here.) 

For its May 4 centerpiece, the festival screens Jacob Kornbluth’s “Inequality for All,” a documentary featuring Robert Reich on social justice and economics that nabbed the Special Jury Award at Sundance earlier this year. (Indiewire review with the filmmaker here.)

SF International concludes with another film hailing from Sundance, Richard Linklater’s much-celebrated “Before Midnight,” the third entry in the director’s trilogy chronicling the romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). (TOH’s review here.)

The Film Society has set Steven Soderbergh to deliver its annual State of Cinema Address. More titles featured in the festival will be announced soon.


This article is related to: Festivals, San Francisco International Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.