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Our Top Seven picks at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Week One

Once again the time has come when films, filmmakers, and fans alike bum rush Japantown for SF's biggest and brightest film event, the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival begins with "Beginners"

It's that time of the year again when filmmakers, film connoisseurs, and everyday movie lovers come together to celebrate the artistry of the motion picture industry. The longest-running film festival in the Americas is in its 54th year, and is opening with a world-class cinematic event, special guests, and a convivial celebration with live entertainment, dancing, food and drinks. Head to the opening night at The Castro Theatre on April 21 to catch "Beginners," starring Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge) and Christopher Plummer (think Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music).

SFIFF: Robert Redford on Twitter and 50 Years in the Biz

Apparently all celebs aren't following Ashton Kutcher's cue. "I'm not on Twitter. I like to spend a bit more time digesting," Robert Redford said Thursday at the 52nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival's Awards Night in the Westin St. Francis. Redford was the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award, which goes to an actor who "exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity," while fellow Bay Area resident Francis Ford Coppola was present and honored, as well, for receiving the Founder’s Directing Award. Yet despite his 50 years worth of work and recognition, Redford remains just as humble as the day he started. "I'm kind of shy of awards, it's never something that I take for granted" he confessed.

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