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Celluloid Champ

Sundance darling and new S.F. Film Society chief Ted Hope thinks the future of indie film starts in San Francisco.

The Hot Pix Tix

Some buzzy highlights from the more than 150 films planned for this year's San Francisco International Film Festival

Much Ado About Nothing
Well, why shouldn't Joss Wheldon's followup to last summer's superhero tentpole The Avengers be a barely publicized, micro-budgeted modern update of a Shakespeare comedy?

Stories We Tell
Canadian actor/director Sarah Polley's much-lauded latest is a nervy departure from the intimate dramas Away from Her and Take This Waltz she's known for. The new one is an intimate documentary about her own family—including, reportedly, its darkest secrets.

Something in the Air
French director Olivier Assayas' autobiographical coming-of-political-age film, about the legacy of May '68, might spark some special local resonance. Weren't we all leftist teens in turbulent love once?

A German horror-fantasy from 1924, with a fresh, percussion-intensive soundtrack from erstwhile Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, along with locals Scott Amendola, Matthias Bossi and Will Winant.

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival runs from April 25 through May 9 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco, and at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.


Originally published in the April 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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