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San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

April 25, 2014 - May 8, 2014


BAM/PFA is honored to be the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival. We are pleased to present a stellar selection of features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world, as well as a host of filmmakers and other special guests in person.

Special Admission Prices Apply

  • BAM/PFA members, San Francisco Film Society members, UC Berkeley students: $13
  • General admission: $15
  • Non-UC Berkeley students, seniors, and disabled persons: $14

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Please note that our second-feature discount does not apply to these programs. Tickets are nonrefundable, and may not be exchanged. CineVouchers may not be redeemed in person at the PFA Theater.

Online tickets are available through the SFFS ticketing system. Follow the link above and select “buy tickets.” BAM/PFA members receive a discount by using a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-5186.

Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. All About the Feathers
Neto Villalobos (Costa Rica, 2013). An impoverished security guard struggles to care for a fighting rooster in this quixotic Costa Rican comedy anchored by stellar performances from a mostly nonprofessional cast. (85 mins)

Friday, April 25, 2014
8:40 p.m. Manuscripts Don’t Burn
Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran, 2013). Iranian writer-director Rasoulof extends his uncompromising body of work with a taut, finely woven drama based on real-life events impacting a small circle of aging writers menaced by the Secret Service. (127 mins)

Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:45 p.m. The Seventh Walk
Amit Dutta (India, 2013). Celebrated Indian filmmaker Dutta fuses painterly technique and cinematic vision to form an engrossing meditation on the artistic legacy of northern India’s lush Kangra Valley. (70 mins)

Saturday, April 26, 2014
3:30 p.m. We Come as Friends
Hubert Sauper (France/Austria, 2013). Intrepid documentarian Sauper (Darwin's Nightmare) delivers a piercing examination of the human cost of neocolonialism in newly independent South Sudan. (110 mins)

Saturday, April 26, 2014
6:15 p.m. Tamako in Moratorium
Nobuhiro Yamashita (Japan, 2013). An apathetic recent college graduate in small-town Japan finds herself with two choices: either sabotage her father’s budding romance, or find a place for herself in the world. (78 mins)

Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:00 p.m. Trap Street
Vivian Qu (China, 2013). What’s it like to be a twenty-first-century young adult in China’s surveillance state? Qu’s slow-building noir uses a simple boy-meets-girl tale to unearth a hidden world of government control just below the surface. (94 mins)

Sunday, April 27, 2014
12:30 p.m. The Last Season
Sara Dosa (U.S., 2014). This sensitive, probing documentary examines the bond between two mushroom hunters in Oregon, an elderly Vietnam vet and a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, during one unusually hard season. (79 mins)

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:30 p.m. What Now? Remind Me
Joaquim Pinto (Portugal, 2013). Pinto poetically, dynamically, and candidly chronicles a year of his life as he undergoes experimental treatment for HIV and VHC infections in this epic yet personal documentary. (164 mins)

Sunday, April 27, 2014
5:45 p.m. Shorts 5: Experimental: Looking Glass
Eleven experimental films reflect on the past, illuminate the present, and imagine the future. Works by Basma Alsharif, Bruce Baillie, Paul Clipson, Martha Colburn, Su Friedrich, Jim Jennings, Lawrence Jordan, Lewis Klahr, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Charlotte Pryce, and John Smith. (80 mins)

Sunday, April 27, 2014
8:15 p.m. Blind Dates
Levan Koguashvili (Georgia, 2013). Single and forty, Sandro hopes to find love with a hairdresser, but there’s a catch: her husband is getting out of prison. This low-key, comic gem is a wonderful introduction to the Georgian New Wave. (95 mins)

Monday, April 28, 2014
6:30 p.m. Bauyr (Little Brother)
Seric Aprymov (Kazakhstan, 2013). Aprymov skillfully weaves a complex, archetypal, and slyly humorous story of good and bad brothers into the simple rhythms of a young boy’s life on the steppes of Kazakhstan. (97 mins)

Monday, April 28, 2014
8:30 p.m. When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism
Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania/France, 2013). Continuing his very particular parsing of language and politics—here, the politics are cinematic—Porumboiu tells the story of a film director rehearsing the details of a nude scene with his lead actress. (89 mins)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
6:30 p.m. Stop the Pounding Heart
Roberto Minervini (U.S./Belgium/Italy, 2013). This unique hybrid of documentary and narrative offers an evocative portrait of the quotidian lives of a devout young Christian goat farmer and a bull-riding cowboy in Texas’s rural Bible belt. (100 mins)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
8:50 p.m. The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir
Mike Fleiss (U.S., 2014). Bob Weir, “the other one,” steps out of Grateful Dead bandmate Jerry Garcia’s shadow and into the spotlight in this expansive documentary filled with performance footage, home movies, and reminiscences. (90 mins)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:30 p.m. Stray Dogs
Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan/France, 2013). A poverty-stricken father and his two young children try to survive in modern-day Taipei in this often mysterious work, yet another remarkable piece of cinema from the great Tsai. (138 mins)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:10 p.m. Eastern Boys
Robin Campillo (France, 2013). This erotically charged nail-biter takes the audience on an unexpected ride when a fiftysomething Parisian businessman propositions an eastern European immigrant hustler. (128 mins)

Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:30 p.m. Difret
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia, 2014). In a contemporary Ethiopian village, a fourteen-year-old girl is abducted in an attempt at forced marriage. Her effort to free herself sets off a legal firestorm in this powerful drama inspired by a true story. (96 mins)

Thursday, May 1, 2014
8:50 p.m. The Militant
Manolo Nieto (Uruguay/Argentina, 2013). A student leader fighting against the bosses of striking packinghouse workers in crisis-ridden 2002 Uruguay experiences a coming-of-age crisis when he inherits his father’s ranch. (121 mins)

Friday, May 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. Happiness
Thomas Balmès (France/Finland, 2013). A nine-year-old boy living at a monastery in the mountains of Bhutan gets a glimpse of television and the modern world, opening his eyes to a complicated future, in this eloquently photographed documentary. (80 mins)

Friday, May 2, 2014
8:30 p.m. All That Jazz
Bob Fosse (U.S., 1979). Digital Restoration. Roy Scheider stands in for writer/director Bob Fosse in Fosse’s dazzling, self-lacerating, and clearly autobiographical musical, a Best Picture nominee about a celebrated choreographer/director. (123 mins)

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:30 p.m. Norte, the End of History
Lav Diaz (Philippines, 2013). Art-house favorite Lav Diaz’s latest epic profoundly explores everything from the state of the present-day rural Philippines by way of Dostoevsky to the 1890s Philippine Revolution against the Spanish. (250 mins)

Saturday, May 3, 2014
6:30 p.m. Three Letters from China
Luc Schaedler (Switzerland, 2013). Attentively observing life on a parched farm, a grim industrial zone, a rural village, and a booming megacity, this documentary expressively reveals the upheaval and uncertainty of a rapidly changing China. (80 mins)

Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:30 p.m. The Dog
Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren (U.S., 2013). John Wojtowicz, whose ill-fated 1972 robbery of a Brooklyn bank to pay for his transgender bride’s sex-change operation inspired Dog Day Afternoon, recalls the heist and his years as a gay rights activist. (100 mins)

Sunday, May 4, 2014
1:30 p.m. Agnès Varda: From Here to There
Agnès Varda (France, 2011). Armed with her inimitable insight and ability to find beauty where one least expects it, Varda travels to various far-flung locales in this five-part miniseries made for French television. (225 mins)

Sunday, May 4, 2014
6:00 p.m. Manila in the Claws of Light
Lino Brocka (Philippines, 1975). Digital Restoration. In one of his most trenchant works of social criticism and ruthless determinism, Brocka portrays the experiences of a provincial youth in Manila, unflinchingly exposing creeping degradation. (124 mins)

Sunday, May 4, 2014
8:30 p.m. Salvation Army
Abdellah Taïa (Morocco, 2013). Adapting his autobiographical novel, Taïa tells the story of a gay Moroccan boy finding self-realization and personal strength within a society that shuns him. Shot by the brilliant Agnès Godard. (82 mins)

Monday, May 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. Coast of Death
Lois Patiño (Spain, 2013). The static frames of this documentary offer a meditative and prismatic view of Spain’s storied and dangerous “Coast of Death,” granting the luxury of contemplating shifting clouds and crashing waves. (81 mins)

Monday, May 5, 2014
8:40 p.m. Art and Craft
Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker (U.S., 2013). Prompting reflection around the definitions of art and mastery, this documentary examines the curious life of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. (89 mins)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:30 p.m. Return to Homs
Talal Derki (Syria/Germany, 2013). This urgent dispatch from the besieged Syrian city of Homs presents a visceral eyewitness account of the conflict as a peaceful uprising descends into civil war and idealistic youths become armed revolutionaries. (87 mins)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
8:30 p.m. Tangerines
Zaza Urushadze (Estonia/Georgia, 2013). An old man caught in the brutal 1992 conflict over the Abkhazia region of Georgia finds himself nursing two wounded soldiers from opposing sides in this intense and compelling antiwar drama. (84 mins)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
6:30 p.m. Bad Hair
Mariana Rondón (Venezuela/Peru, 2013). A ten-year-old Caracas boy’s desire to straighten his kinky hair causes outsized conflict with his mother. This finely acted, deceptively small-scale story subtly explores issues of economic pressure and homophobia. (93 mins)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
8:45 p.m. History of Fear
Benjamín Naishtat (Argentina/France/Germany/Qatar/Uruguay, 2014). Paranoia runs rampant as an affluent Buenos Aires suburb is beset by strange occurrences in this accomplished first feature, a film that is sprawling in scope and implications but astonishingly exacting in execution. (79 mins)

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. The Dune
Yossi Aviram (France/Israel, 2013). Delving into issues of identity and aging, this nuanced drama portrays the personal crises faced by an aging gay cop in France and a younger Israeli man who is found on the beach, mute and without any identification. (87 mins)

Thursday, May 8, 2014
8:45 p.m. The Amazing Catfish
Claudia Sainte-Luce (Mexico, 2013). This debut feature, set in Guadalajara and lensed by Agnès Godard, embraces an expansive definition of family in portraying a solitary young woman’s growing connection to a rambunctious matriarchy in a state of crisis. (89 mins)