Tiburon and San Francisco

The official press conference is more than three weeks away, but the drumbeat for the San Francisco International Film Festival keeps getting louder. (Excuse me, the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, abbreviated SFIFF50–even though no one has thought to register sfiff50.org.) We keep hearing about the various awards planned for the event. I’ve already told you what I think of George Lucas’ special award. Nor does Peter Morgan sound all that appropriate for the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. Not that the author of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland lacks talent; he just lacks a resume. He hasn’t done much you’ve likely to have heard of besides those two.

On the other hand, I’m quite happy about the choice of Spike Lee for the Film Society Directing Award. True, he’s had his share of turkeys, but he’s also had more than his share of excellent, thought-provoking entertainment.

The 50th San Francisco International Film Festival runs from April 26 through May 10.

If you don’t want to wait that long, the Tiburon Film Festival opens this Thursday night with Even Money, a drama about compulsive gambling directed by Mark Rydell. Along with a large collection of films from around the world, the festival will screen John Ford and Marcello Mastroianni tributes.

Although my work load has lightened up, back problems are still making it difficult to go to movies (I finally managed to see Pan’s Labyrinth last weekend). I hope to be better in time for the San Francisco Festival.