More San Francisco International Film Festlval news trickling in.
Mike Leigh receives this year’s Founder’s Directing Award. If you’ve never heard of the “Founder’s Directing Award,– that’s because it used to be the Film Society Directing Award. Before that it was the Kurosawa Award–and I can’t think of a better name than that for honoring a filmmaker (Akira Kurosawa was the first recipient). This recent name change honors the memory of SFIFF founder Irving M. Levin.
While the name changes seem silly, Leigh makes an excellent choice. The extremely independent English writer/director has a long and impressive list of achievements, including Naked, Vera Drake, High Hopes, and my personal favorite, Secrets and Lies. Leigh will receive his award Wednesday, April 30, at the Castro. The evening will include clips, an onstage interview, and a screening of Leigh’s Gilbert & Sullivan biopic, Topsy-Turvy.