Belatedly screening in November as part of the San Francisco Film Society's ongoing Film Society Cinema at the New People—can someone please explain to me why this venue is no longer referenced as the VIZ (which, in my opinion, sounded so much better)?—Daniel and Diego Vega's Peruvian fable Octubre (October, 2010) has finally arrived in San Francisco. My eyes and ears in SF advise, however, that opening night had all of three people in the audience. C'mon, San Francisco!! Don't let October's cinephilic overload keep you from catching the quite charming October on the last day of its run.
I thought now might be a good time to revisit my interview with Diego Vega on the occasion of the film's North American premiere at the Toronto International.
Upcoming entries in the Film Society Cinema at the New People include Sascha Rice's documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (2011), Denis Côté's Curling (2010), and Nick August-Perna, Carlo Mirabella-Davis, and Chris Dapkins concert footage The Swell Season (2011). Of related interest, Seattle's Northwest Film Forum one-ups San Francisco's Film Society by scheduling an in-residence conversation with Denis Côté later this week. Not to be undone, however, the Film Society counters with their own artist's residency with Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj whose valentine to cinema La vida útil (A Useful Life, 2010) was one of my favorites from last year. This might be a good time to revisit my conversation with Veiroj as well.