Hong Kong and Jewish Film Festivals in July

I can’t properly cover all Bay Area’s film festivals – especially now that I’m taking a few weeks off the blog. But I can tell you a little bit about two July festivals, even though I don’t really know much about them yet.

Hong Kong Cinema

New People Cinema and Roxie, July 12 – 14

This small festival will screen seven films over three days. I haven’t seen any of the movies, but here’s what I find interesting based on the press release:

The festival starts with Tracey, a film about a middle-aged man who discovers, pretty late in life, that he’s transgender. Also interesting: G Affairs is described as “a dark story of murder, prostitution, and police corruption.” It was nominated for multiple Hong Kong Film Awards and supported by the First Feature Film Initiative.

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G Affairs

But festival films don’t always have to be serious. Hotel Soul Good is a comedy about a hotel manager (Katy Chow) who sees ghosts. Another comedy, Men on the Dragon, follows a group of workers who join a dragon boat racing team to help their company.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

All over the Bay Area, July 18 – August 4

I usually cover this festival extensively. Why? I’m Jewish. Of all the Bay Area film festivals focusing on a particular country, ethnicity, gender, race, or sexuality (I call these identity festivals), this is the only one to which I identify.

As I write this, just before I set aside Bayflicks for a few weeks, the Jewish Film Institute has not yet announced the schedule for this year’s festival. By the time you read this, however, you’ll know the schedule weeks before I do.

As I write this (remember I’m taking a few weeks off the blog), the schedule has not yet been announced. By the time you read this, you’ll be able to look that up.

I do know that the opening show is Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, a documentary about the creation of the Broadway play, Fiddler on the Roof. The San Francisco part of the festival will close with The Red Sea Diving Resort, a fiction film based on a true story about smuggling Ethiopians into Israel in the 1980s.


Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Here’s where the Festival will be on any given day:

I’ll write more about this festival when I’m back in action.

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