Fiftieth San Francisco International Film Festival

At the Pacific Film Archive, April 27-May 10

Compiled by Kelly Vance

Thu., May 3

Fay Grim — In director Hal Hartley’s sequel to 1997’s Henry Fool, Fay Grim (Parker Posey) seeks out Fool, with whom she had a child years before (118 min., 2006). (9:10)

Ghosts of Cité Soleil — Danish filmmaker Asger Leth’s documentary takes us inside the most dangerous slum in Haiti — maybe even in the world (88 min., 2006). (7:00)

Fri., May 4

Daratt — In Chad, a revenge-minded boy named Atim goes looking for the man who killed his father. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun directs (93 min., 2006). (7:00)

Fish Dreams — Russian filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky made this Brazilian village pic about an ambitious young man named Jusce (111 min., 2006). (9:00)

Sat., May 5

Colossal Youth — A documentary on the former residents of the Lisbon slum known as Fontainhas, directed by Pedro Costa (155 min, 2006). (8:15)

Hana — A reluctant samurai makes his way in a slum neighborhood in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s wry drama (127 min., 2006). (5:45)

Murch — Film and sound editor Walter Murch looks back at his career (Apocalypse Now, etc.) in this documentary by Edie and David Ichioka (78 min., 2006). (3:30)

A Walk to Beautiful — This doc by Mary Olive Smith looks at young Ethiopian women with obstetric fistula — constant bladder leaks (94 min., 2006). (1:00)

Sun., May 6

Flanders — In director Bruno Dumont’s French drama, two soldiers are sent to fight a desert war (91 min., 2006). (5:15)

Gardens in Autumn — Director Otar Iosseliani has fun with a fired French government minister and his acquaintances in this comedy starring Séverin Blanchet and Michel Piccoli (122 min., 2006). (8:00)

The Sugar Curtain — Cubans who grew up in the early Castro years reminisce about the good old days of communism, and director Camila Guzmà Urzúa listens (82 min., 2006). (3:00)

Mon., May 7

On Fire — Teenage girl gets involved with married firefighter in rural France. Trouble ahead. Claire Simon directs (111 min., 2006). (7:00)

These Girls — Documentary peek at six young Egyptian women and their lives on the streets of Cairo (68 min., 2006). (9:10)

Tue., May 8

Fresh Air — Mother and teenage daughter deal with loneliness in director Ágnes Kocsis’ Hungarian drama (109 min., 2006). (9:05)

Strange Culture — When conceptual artist Steve Kurtz’ wife dies in her sleep, it’s only the beginning of Kurtz’ bad luck, in this documentary by Lynn Hershman (76 min., 2006). (7:00)

Wed., May 9

Agua — Two men in Argentina bond through swimming in director Verónica Chen’s drama (89 min., 2006). (8:50)

Stories from the North — Eight vignettes from the mountainous north of Thailand, courtesy director Uruphong Raksasad (88 min., 2005). (7:00)


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