Upcoming Festivals

It’s official. I’ve altered a few settings and Bayflicks.net is just a blog. I’ve removed links to the weekly schedules, and added links and categories. Most of my entries are uncategorized, but not the new ones.

In the meantime, there’s a lot of festivals on the way. Here are five of them:

The 11th International Latino Film Festival opens November 2nd and runs through the 18th at 16 venues around the Bay Area (plus two in Sacramento). As with most festivals, in opens at the Castro. Highlights include a documentary on Diego Rivera, a fictional take on the life of Cuban musician Benny Moré, and The City of Photographers, about photojournalists who recorded the turmoil of Chile under Pinochet. LGBT selections include Glue- historia adolescente en medio de la nada, and the black comedy Chuecatown.

Then, on November 8, the combined 2007 Korean American Film Festival and Asian Film Festival opens at the Castro with the historical epic Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea. The festival then moves to the 4Star, with a few screenings at the San Francisco State University. With the marketing slogan “Extraordinary Cinema from Asia: Classic to Contemporary,” the festival will screen Korean war dramas (made soon after the war), Hong Kong action films, and Ruan Lingyu’s 1934 silent, The Goddess–apparently without live accompaniment. The festival returns to the Castro on November 18 for the closing night.

The New Italian Cinema series launches its 11th year November 11 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. Expect a three-film tribute to Francesca Comencini, plus seven features by emerging directors. The films include workplace drama (I Like to Work), romantic comedy (Any Reason Not to Marry?), and a suspense film about possible terrorists (Me, the Other). It ends with an award ceremony on–you guessed it–November 18.

The San Francisco Film Society‘s second annual San Francisco International Animation Festival opens Thursday, November 8 with The Pixar Story, which recently played at the Mill Valley Film festival. It runs through November 11–closing a full week before November 18. Other features include the child-friendly Komaneko: The Curious Cat, billed as “Japan’s first major stop-motion animated film,” and the extremely adult Film Noir. (I haven’t seen any of these films, and have only the SFFS web site to judge these film’s appropriateness for children.) There are several collections of shorts in the program, as well.

Finally, there’s the 3rd i South Asian FIlm Festival, running November 16 through the traditional day for closing film festivals, November 18. Features include the outsourcing documentary John & Jane Toll-free, a comedy about a singing contest called Loins of Punjab Presents, and Sankara–a drama about a monk coming to terms with his inner desires as he restores a temple’s paintings.

Now what will we all do on November 19?