Wednesday, March 29, 2006

2006 SFIFF—Lineup!!

Okay!! Here we go! Yesterday's press conference officially launched the 2006 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Susan Gerhard at SF360 broke the news.

Brian Darr's on top of it and has linked to the program schedule and offered up his own anticipatory raves.

I'm already attending press screenings and arranging interviews and hope to get entries up on The Evening Class as fast as I can. I'm primarily reporting to Twitch this year so my responses will be on either or both sites at the same time.

SFIFF is notoriously behind the rest of the country's festivals in its fare so many of these films will have been seen by others long before me, so any comments or recommendations or online reviews are certainly welcome, either through email or through the comments. Darren Hughes has already gracefully provided some guidelines, which I very much appreciate. Thanks, Darren!! He writes: "I just finished browsing through the SFIFF lineup and was pleased to see that several of my favorites from Toronto will be playing there. Along with the heavy-hitters—Sokurov, Tsai, and Hou—I can recommend two others. First, don't miss A Perfect Couple, directed by Nobuhiro Suwa. It was one of the best films I saw in 2005, a really quiet and sensitive study of a disintegrating marriage. I wrote a bit about it at Long Pauses. Also, there's an interesting Chinese film called Perpetual Motion. It's like A Long Day's Journey Into Night or Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—one of those chamber dramas about four people who spend a night drinking and, eventually, revealing buried secrets. I have a weakness for those kinds of dramas, but Girish also liked it better than he expected to."

Further heads-up are invited!


Michael Guillen said...

Darren: Are you privy to the program? Did you know that the two films you recommended are across the page from each other?

Anonymous said...

I recommend James Longley's Iraq in Fragments; but not because I've seen it.

Back in 2002 when Mr. Longley released his previous documentary (Gaza Strip), I tracked down his email and sent him a list of questions... which he promptly answered and emailed back a few days later. I then sent a follow-up, to which I received yet another thoughtful reply.

Now, although I sent the questions, I didn't expect any answers. I had sent questions to other filmmakers and before, and had never gotten a reply. They're busy people; I understand that. However, James Longley didn't mind answering some questions for a no-name blogger who had happened to see his film.

To this day, my email Q&A with him remains my only interview.

Cheers to James Longley, his new film, the SFIFF and this post!

NB: Werner Herzog's The Wild Blue Yonder is a trip.

Michael Guillen said...

Equal thanks, Pacze Moj, for that tip. Is your interview online? I would love to read it.

HarryTuttle said...

That's such a nice and hopeful story Pacze Moj ;)
So maybe bloggers can interact with filmmakers without the need for "mediatic relevance"...
Good job trying and succeeding!

I loved Suwa's Un Couple Parfait / A Perfect Couple a great minimalistic mise-en-scene all in the off-beat.

Michael Guillen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Harry, and for the added vote for "A Perfect Couple"; I look forward to seeing it.

As for bloggers and director interviews, I guess I lucked out by entering the fray just when the "citizen press corps" seems to have caught on with festival publicity departments. For me it's the perfect perk!