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

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.

Mike Mills, Ewan McGregor to Kick Off Opening Night at 54th SF International Film Festival

The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival opens tomorrow with Beginners, writer-director Mike Mills' hopeful meditation on family and how our formative experiences inevitably influence our choices in life and love, featuring powerful performances by Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Inglourious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent. The lights go down promptly at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, with the festival's Opening Night party to follow at 9:30 at the Terra Gallery on Harrison Street.

Photos: Opening Night at the San Francisco International Film Festival

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.

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