(KTSF by Sean Au)
The oldest film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival will run for two weeks from April 19. Here are some highlights of the festival:
The festival will be opened by French period film “Farewell, My Queen” which tells the story of the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette and her reader and confidante in four crucial days of the French revolution.
Hong Kong will be represented by films from two prolific directors. Peter Chen’s “Wu Xia” tells the story of an investigation into the murder of two bandits in 1917 China. The investigation uncovers the danger the town faces from the murder.
Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle” looks into how society members of both sides of the law cope with the onslaught of the economic crisis in 2010.
In “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” American documentary filmmaker Alison Klayman takes us into the world surrounding controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, and how he attempts to break through the government censorship using social media.
The San Francisco Film Society organizes the festival and says that this year sees more pictures with a hybrid form of story-telling. “It’s not unusual now to see a little bit of animation in a narrative film or a dramatic reenactment in a documentary,” says Rachel Rosen, the festival’s program director.
The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival begin s on April 19 with 174 films on this year’s slate. For more details, visit the festival website at festival.sffs.org
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