Would-be robbers Sonny and Sal hold up a bank, with equal parts suspense, pathos and humor. Master filmmaker Sidney Lumet directs powerhouse Al Pacino in this tense, exuberant yet subtle film that garnered an Academy Award for this yearís Kanbar Award recipient, legendary screenwriter Frank Pierson, who will be interviewed onstage preceding the screening.
This yearís 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.
This special program hosted by Novikoff Award recipient Serge Bromberg presents earliy examples of 3-D motion pictures as well as some contemporary gems with gifted raconteur Bromberg himself providing a delightful piano accompaniment.
Oliver Stoneís rocket-paced examination of the war in 1980s El Salvador is a collision of drug-fueled journalism, visceral carnage and leftist politics, held together by a truly daring performance from James Woods. Every bit as relevant today as it was in 1986, Salvador screens as part of SFIFF54's Founder's Directing Award program, An Evening with Oliver Stone.
Toby Dammit is a phantasmagoric masterpiece with a bewitching central performance by Terence Stamp. Darkly recapping many of the themes of La Dolce Vita (also showing at this yearís Festival), the film explores the absurdities of celebrity, with Felliniís outlandish visual style perfectly complementing the overheated story and the incipient madness of the title character.