What Looks Good at the Festival

I thought I’d share some of the films I hope to catch at the San Francisco International Film Festival. I can’t officially recommend any of these because I haven’t yet seen them, but I hope to catch at least a few of them.

I’m not including films here that will get a regular release after the festival.

Leave Her to Heaven. Martin Scorsese has praised this seeming oxymoron–a 1945 film noir shot in luscious Technicolor. It’s just underwent a major restoration. Castro, Saturday, April 26, 5:45; Pacific Film Archive, Sunday, April 27, 6:00.

Shadows in the Palace. A period murder mystery set within Korea’s royal court. Well, it’s something I haven’t seen before. Kabuki, Friday, May 2, 7:00; Monday, May 5, 4:15, Thursday, May 8, 7:45

Medicine for Melancholy. This sounds like an African-American variation on Before Sunrise and one of my favorite SFIFF films from two years ago, In Bed. A couple meet and have a one-night stand, then spend a day getting to know each other. Kabuki, Wednesday, April 30, 9:15 and Wednesday, May 7, 3:30; Pacific Film Archive, Sunday, May 4, 8:15

Calcutta My Love. Youthful political and cultural upheavals in the 1960’s and early 70’s. But not in Chicago, Paris, or even Berkeley, but Calcutta. Pacific Film Archive, Saturday, April 26, 8:15; Kabuki, Monday, May 5, 8:30

Forbidden Lie$. The story of Norma Khouri, whose horrific “memoirs” turned out to be less than non-fiction. Pacific Film Archive, Sunday, April 27, 1:30; Kabuki, Wednesday, April 30, 12:45; Clay, Friday, May 2, 6:30; Kabuki, Sunday, May 4, 8:45

Mutum. The meanings and concerns of a dysfunctional couple on a remote farm, through the eyes of their shy and quiet son. From Brazil. Clay,Saturday, May 3, 12:45; Kabuki, Tuesday, May 6, 6:15

Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. The history of a New Orleans neighborhood that fought segregation and racism way back in the mid-1800’s. Kabuki, Saturday, May 3, 1:00; Tuesday, May 6, 3:45; Wednesday, May 7, 9:00

Barcelona (A Map). A man dying of cancer, his wife, and their tenants face mortality. Kabuki, Saturday, April 26, 6:30; Monday, April 28, 3:45; Thursday, May 1, 9:45