SFIFF Report: Alps

Today, things are crazy at the Kabuki. Japantown is hosting not only the San Francisco International Film Festival, but also the Cherry Blossom Festival. The crowds are insane.

But I’ve managed to get through the crowds and catch a movie:

B Alps
I’m not exactly sure what to make of Alps. It has just enough continuity to make you try and follow the story, but there’s no story to follow. Many of the characters (primarily the female ones) seem sympathetic, yet their motivations and actions are usually entirely opaque. There’s absolutely no mention of politics or government, yet I think it was about totalitarianism. It’s often boring, yet for most of the time its utterly compelling and strangely funny.

You have another chance to see Alps and make up your own mind. Tuesday, 6:30, at the Kabuki. It may get a theatrical release at some point; the Festival has placed it on a list (given to press) of films that “have secured U.S. distribution or are in negotiations with a U.S distributor.”