Federico Fellini’s classic panorama of “the sweet life” in postwar Rome sparkles anew in a gorgeous restored print. Marcello Mastroianni stars as a journalist floating between the decadent high society lifestyle he seeks with his rich lover and a Swedish bombshell, and the stifling domesticity offered by his suicidal girlfriend, all amid Italian society in glamorous decay.
This year’s Persistence of Vision Award recipient, multimedia artist Matthew Barney, joins the Festival for an onstage interview followed by a screening of Drawing Restraint 17, the latest installment in his monumental Drawing Restraint series, which merges sculpture, athleticism and cryptic symbolism into a stunning meditation on art-making and physical exertion.
A pregnant teenager finds herself in a taxi with a passenger who counts down to cataclysm. Cinematic clues that you’re in one movie genre will steer you wrong time and again, as this entrancing and deeply unsettling debut unwinds its small, personal tale of apocalypse with menace and dark humor.
This closely observed doc takes a local interest in the Willets Point neighborhood of Queens, an industrial enclave where cars are scrapped, salvaged and repaired. Foreign Parts raises essential political questions about urban renewal while remaining attuned to the grain of human experience.
Come meet the inimitable Zellner Bros.! The Austin-based filmmaking duo (Fiddlestixx, SFIFF 2010) will present selections from their considerable oeuvre of short films, the newest of which is a look at the mysteries of nature entitled Sasquatch Birth Journal 2. The Zellners’ films run the gamut from heartfelt and touching to raucous and absurd, usually moment by moment.
Miranda July’s (Me and You and Everyone We Know, SFIFF 2005) highly anticipated, darkly humorous second feature burrows into the lives of a couple who see their impending cat adoption as a deadline for fulfilling their dreams of living their lives fully. They face a basic, terrifying question: What do you want your life to be?
These animated shorts will clear your head (The External World), blow your mind (Dromosphere) or at the very least make you a bit more organized (Pixels) . . . kinda. They run the gamut of CGI, hand-drawn, motion graphics and live action/animation hybrids. Get with this program!
In an engrossing character study set on the stunning Portuguese coast that evokes the Maysles’ Grey Gardens, an elderly woman and her petulant daughter bemoan their vanished wealth. A highly relevant meditation on personal responsibility and the uncertainty of the human condition.
This powerful documentary for the 21st century combines animation, minute-by-minute Twitter feeds, blog accounts and cell phone video footage alongside conventional on-camera testimonies to recount the abortive 2009 antigovernment Iranian revolt called the Green Wave—a revolution in flux, yet evergreen with hope.
Over drinks, two friends agree to swap fond memories of their recent trips to the same seaside town. As the stories unfold in flashback, we realize their accounts take place at the same time—and with the same people—in this potent swirl of chance encounters, nostalgia, heartbreak and grace from Korea’s highly regarded auteur.