Last Thursday, April 23, the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) kicked off the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF58) with the premiere of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. According to SFFS, SFIFF is “an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities, featuring nearly 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards with nearly $40,000 in cash prizes and upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests.” CAAM is excited to co-present two special films: Advantageous by Jennifer Phang and Hill of Freedom by Hong Sang-soo.
Advantageous (Jennifer Phang)
USA, 2015, 97 minutes
Sunday, May 3 at 6:45 pm at the Clay Theater
Tuesday, May 5 at 9:15 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema
CAAM presented a shorter version of this film at CAAMFest 2013. We’re thrilled to co-present this film and support a rising Asian American woman filmmaker. From SFFS: “Set in the near-future, Advantageous (winner of a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival) focuses on Gwen Koh, a single mother, whose aspirations for her daughter drive her to the precipice of a fraught decision. Including eerie and ingenious low-key special effects and a deliciously understated performance by Jacqueline Kim, this sci-fi film is rife with underlying tension and lyrical beauties that perfectly match the urban dystopian atmosphere of quiet desperation.” Learn more and buy tickets on the SFIFF58 website.
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-Soo)
South Korea, 2014 99 minutes
Sunday, April 26 at 8:30 pm at the Clay Theater
Wednesday, April 29 at 1:30 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Thursday, April 30 at 6:45 pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema
From SFFS: “Director Hong Sang-soo’s latest film is a perceptive comedy about a Japanese man who travels to Seoul to search for a former lover but mostly finds awkward interactions and misunderstanding. Although the film’s sense of humor borders on the absurd, its depiction of the way most of us go through life slightly confused and never quite getting exactly what we want couldn’t be more realistic. One of Hong’s funniest films is also one of his best.” Learn more and buy tickets on the SFIFF58 website.
The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival will be presented from now until May 7, 2015 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theatre, Landmark’s Clay Theatre and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. For more information about the San Francisco Film Society and the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, visit the San Francisco Film Society website, sffs.org.