Arts + Culture
Plowing through your day is so much easier when you don't stop to consider the possibility that you might be accidentally mowed down in a grocery store parking lot and wake up to find yourself immobile in a hospital bed. Lydia Stryck's deftly written script contemplates just such a scenario - and what happens when the man behind the wheel becomes a friend to the woman who can no longer move her arms.
A native Londoner, Idris Elba speaks with an almost undetectable British accent, one he’s masked successfully as Stringer Bell, a Baltimore drug lord in HBO’s celebrated The Wire, and, most recently, as Roque, an ornery black-ops specialist in the action-comedy The Losers.
Elba, 37, says he’s lived in the U.S. long enough to perfect his American dialect, but that he’s not entirely satisfied with it. That comes as news to Losers director Sylvain White, who sought out Elba after admiring his work in The Wire.
Three-time Oscar-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who has frequently collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola on movies including The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The Godfather: Part III (1990), will address San Francisco Film Festival attendees tonight about the origins of cinema and the innovators, such as Thomas Edison and Beethoven, who helped shape its prehistory.
The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival, the longest-running celebration of cinema in North America, is in full swing at its primary venues, including the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, the Clay Theatre and the Pacific Film Archive. Here's a list of some of this year's most tantalizing offerings. For tickets, click here.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Delicatessen (1991), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Amélie (2001), helped open the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival with his latest comedy, Micmacs, on Thursday night at the Castro. The festival continues through May 6. For tickets, showtimes and more information, visit its official site.
When Nash and Joel Edgerton’s father brought his sons a video camera – Nash was 10 at the time, Joel 8 – little did he realize what a profound impact it would have on the course of their personal and professional lives.
Nearly three decades later, Nash, 37, is a well-respected stuntman, having played Ewan McGregor’s double in two Star Wars sequels, and the director of the acclaimed new noir drama The Square; Joel, 35, who most notably co-starred in Star Wars: Episode II and III as Anakin Skywalker’s stepbrother, wrote The Square’s hard-edged script and plays the movie’s most fearsome heavy.
The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival will present its coveted Persistence of Vision Award to Academy Award–nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt tonight at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Tickets are $10 for San Francisco Film Society members and $12.50 for general admission.
Fremont's Hertzfeldt, 33, whose work frequently features hand-drawn stick figures, received a 2001 Oscar nomination for his short comedy film Rejected. His films have earned more than 150 awards from festivals worldwide. He will be in attendance for an onstage interview at this evening's presentation of Life, Death and Very Large Utensils at the Sundance, with a collection of short films to follow.
It's a big month for shows. As festie season revs up, more and more large acts are stopping through the Bay Area on their journeys. Considering the ridiculous amount of shows to behold, this month we're highlighting our faves. Take your pick.
5/1 - Broken Social Scene @ The Fillmore: Their brand spanking new record comes out May 4th, so preview this gigantic collective and their rotating cast of indie phenoms. Past and present roster members include: Feist, Evan Cranley of Stars, James Shaw and Emily Haines of Metric, Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think, members of Raising the Fawn, and The Dears etc. It's pretty much a must-see.