SF gears up to showcase best in world cinema

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The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25–May 9) has announced the films forming its highly-anticipated Big Nights series. Things kick off with the Opening Night presentation of returning Bay Area duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s emotional drama What Maisie Knew (USA 2012) starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgård. The celebration continues on May 4 with the Centerpiece screening of Jacob Kornbluth’s insightful Inequality For All (USA 2013), featuring local economist Robert Reich. The festival then comes to a close with Richard Linklater’s (Bernie, SFIFF 2012) Before Midnight (USA 2013), the third film in the director’s acclaimed romantic trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Special guests are expected and will participate in post-screening Q&A’s at each event, and all will be followed by exclusive parties.

“With this year’s amazing lineup of Big Nights we welcome back filmmakers whose work has resonated with SFIFF audiences and shine a spotlight on local luminaries,” said Rachel Rosen, San Francisco Film Society director of programming. “Former San Francisco filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel are coming back to share their latest work while Jacob Kornbluth’s Bay Area production celebrates a superstar in quite another field: UC Berkeley economics professor (and former U.S. Labor Secretary) Robert Reich. We’re also thrilled to bring back Richard Linklater to end the festival with one of the most honest and enduring screen romances of all time.”

With their rousing combination of renowned artists, acclaimed films and San Francisco hot spots, SFIFF’s Big Nights are an annual landmark on the Bay Area cultural calendar. These highly-anticipated films and parties are three of the most important nights of the year for local film fans. These auspicious occasions demarcating the Festival’s beginning, middle and end give the SFIFF community a chance to gather in celebration of world class cinema and drink, dance and discuss from dusk till dawn.

Website: festival.sffs.org

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