SFIFF Preview

Yesterday I attended press screenings of two films that will play at the San Fran International Film Festival. Both of them will have regular (or at least limited) runs after the festival, so they’re not now-or-never opportunities.

I’ve written longer reviews of each, which will go live just before their post-festival releases.

Adoration, Kabuki, Saturday, 6:15; Pacific Film Archive, Monday, 6:30. Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan outdoes himself in this story of a teenage boy of half Anglo, half Arabic decent who creates a fiction of his late father as a terrorist, and posts it on the Internet. Yet Adoration is not about a scandal on the Internet. Egoyan has a more intriguing and touching story to tell. It’s about the people left behind after a couple suddenly die, and how they react to and avoid each others’ grief, even years after the event. Not to be missed.

Soul Power, Kabuki, Sunday, 5:45. In 1974, many of the greatest African and African-American musicians alive came together in Zaire for a big all-star concert. We finally get the film version 35 years later, and it’s worth the wait. After a boring first half hour, American stars like James Brown and B.B. King play their best, excited to be home in their ancestral continent. And African stars little known in this country include the amazing Miriam Makeba, who does things with her voice I didn’t know were possible. I wish this movie was longer.

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  1. Hello! We’re the filmmakers of the forthcoming documentary, SPEAKING IN TONGUES. We’re really excited about its premiere at SFIFF 2009. Two of our screenings have already sold out and a new show has been added on May 2 at 11:45a.

    SPEAKING IN TONGUES tells the story of four diverse kids becoming bilingual in the public schools in a time when 31 states have passed English Only initiatives. As their city debates the provocative notion that speaking a foreign language can be a national asset, we see how they face the challenges and delights of becoming fluent in two languages. Through their eyes, we witness how speaking more than one language changes them, their families, their communities, and maybe even the world.

    To learn more about the film, you can watch our 2 minute trailer at:
    or read the description on the San Francisco International Film Festival website, where the film is premiering in April: http://fest09.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=84


    Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
    PatchWorks Films

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