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Mathieu Amalric's Acclaimed 'On Tour' Helps 54th SF Film Festival Bid Adieu

Mathieu Amalric won best director at last year's Cannes for On Tour, which closes the 54th San Francisco Film Festival tonight at the Castro.

The San Francisco Film Festival closes tonight with Tournée (On Tour), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly star Mathieu Amalric's highly improvised comedy about an American burlesque troupe touring the French countryside. The lights go down on the 54th festival's final feature at 7 p.m. at the Castro, with the annual Closing Night bash following the screening at The Factory on Harrison Street.
 
"What better finale for the international than a rousing French film that embraces an American phenomenon, merging American exuberance with French élan," said Director of Programming Rachel Rosen of Tour, which, according to Amalric, celebrates the imperfections of burlesque and life.
 
The Closing Night party kicks off at 9:30 p.m., featuring gourmet cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music inspired by the Gallic-American, neo-burlesque spirit of Almaric's buoyant effort, for which he won best director at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and in which he stars as a past-his-prime impresario hungry to make a comeback.
 
Admission to the Closing Night film and party is $65 for San Francisco Film Society members and $80 for the general public; movie passes alone are $25 each for members and $30 each general; and VIP tickets are $115 for members and $140 general. For more information, visit the festival's official site.