65th SFFilm Festival Announces Lineup with a Michelle Yeoh tribute

SFFILM introduced the complete lineup for the sixty fifth annual San Francisco Worldwide Movie Competition, the longest working movie pageant within the Americas. This yr the Competition will make its return to theaters in particular person, that includes greater than 130 movies from 56 international locations, together with 16 World and 10 North American premieres, together with many SFFILM-supported titles. Of the movies chosen for the Competition, 56% are helmed by feminine or non-binary filmmakers and 52% are directed by BIPOC filmmakers. The Competition may also have fun cinematic icon Michelle Yeoh with a particular tribute to be introduced by critically acclaimed actor Sandra Oh. The 2022 Competition will run April 21–Could 1, with tickets on sale now at sffilm.org.

Michelle Yeoh was just lately hailed by New York Instances movie critic A.O. Scott as “one of many nice worldwide film stars of the previous quarter-century.” Her tribute shall be an intimate dialog with Emmy Award-nominated actress Sandra Oh, about her prestigious and in depth profession that can happen on the Castro Theatre on Friday, April 29 at 6:00 pm. The Tribute to Michelle is preceded by a particular screening of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 35 mm on the Castro on Monday, April 25.

“Michelle Yeoh is a world icon, an indelible display presence who grounds each body she inhabits with authenticity and explosive expertise,” says SFFILM Director of Programming Jessie Fairbanks. “We’re thrilled the extraordinary Sandra Oh will host Michelle in dialog to debate Michelle’s inventive physique of labor, shifting gears between genres and storytelling mediums, and far, rather more.” The Tribute to Michelle Yeoh joins the beforehand introduced Tribute to Jenny Slate, each highlights on the 2022 Competition. Earlier pageant tributes embody Jackie Chan, Claire Denis, Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, and Charlize Theron.

One other celebrated Asian movie trade particular person shall be celebrated in the course of the pageant. Filmmaker, author, and composer Trinh T. Minh-ha, a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Faculty on the College of California, Berkeley, will obtain the Persistence of Imaginative and prescient Award. Her many awards embody the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Girls’s Caucus for Artwork; the 2006 Trailblazers Award at MIPDoc in Cannes, France; and the 1991 AFI Nationwide Impartial Filmmaker Maya Deren Award. This yr’s POV program will function Trinh T. Minh-ha in dialog with Rizvana Bradley, Assistant Professor of Movie and Media at UC Berkeley, adopted by the North American premiere of Minh-ha’s newest movie, What About China? which is able to see its North American premiere on Friday, 29 April 7:00PM on the BAMPFA.

With out additional ado although, right here is the line-up of Asian and Asian diaspora function to mid-length movie choices obtainable at this yr’s version of the SFFILM Competition, so as of look. To see the remainder of the movie line-up and shorts, peruse the SFFILM web site right here: https://sffilm.org/2022-festival-program/

Kids of the Mist Diễm Hà Lệ (Vietnam 2021, 93 min)
Fri, Apr 22 5:30 PM VOGUE Sat, Apr 23 3:00 PM BAMPFA
Dwelling in isolation from the fashionable world within the mountains of Vietnam, feisty Hmong teenager Di should determine if she is going to succumb to custom or bravely select a special destiny.

Mud Water My-Linh Le (USA 2021, 31 min) WORLD PREMIERE
Fri, Apr 29 5:45 PM ROXIE
Fable, naturalism, and efficiency mix on this energetic chronicle of a Bay Space dance crew getting ready for a serious battle in turfing, a dance fashion originated in Oakland. Screens with The Door of Return (dir. Kokutekeleza Musebeni, Anna Zhukovets) and Take heed to the Beat of Our Pictures (dir. Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Maxime Jean-Baptiste). Complete runtime 76 min.

Hit the Street Panah Panahi (Iran 2021, 94 min)
Fri, Apr 22 8:30 PM VOGUE Sat, Apr 23 5:30 PM BAMPFA
In Panah Panahi’s auspicious function debut, an eccentric household takes a street journey by sun-drenched Iranian landscapes as they accompany their eldest son to a mysterious vacation spot.

Klondike Maryna Er Gorbach (Ukraine/Turkey 2022, 100 min)
Fri, Apr 22 8:30 PM VICTORIA Solar, Could 1 7:00 PM BAMPFA
Armed battle hits house in probably the most vivid manner possible when mortar hearth decimates one wall of the farmhouse belonging to married Ukrainian couple Irka and Tolik on this placing drama primarily based on actual occasions.

Moist Sand Elene Naveriani (Switzerland/Georgia 2021, 115 min)
Sat, Apr 30 12:00 PM VICTORIA
A granddaughter returns to her reclusive grandfather’s seaside village in Georgia after his suicide to prepare his funeral solely to find his long-suppressed secret love on this meditative drama about small-town prejudice.

The Exiles Violet Columbus, Ben Klein (USA/Taiwan/France/China 2021, 96 min)
Sat, Apr 23 3:00 PM VICTORIA Solar, Apr 24 2:00 PM BAMPFA
By no means-before-seen footage of Chinese language dissidents enmeshed within the 1989 Tiananmen Sq. protests and their bittersweet reflections 30 years later anchor this hybrid of cine-memoir and archival excavation targeted on Who Killed Vincent Chin? documentary firebrand Christine Choy.

My Expensive Aragon Yao (Portugal 2021, 30 min) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Sat, Apr 23 6:00 PM ROXIE
Shifting between observational footage, paper puppetry, and poetic symbolism, a younger Chinese language filmmaker explores expressions of sexual id on this essay about queerness, immigration, and efficiency. Screens with cosboi (dir. Gosha Shapiro) and Blue Veil (dir. Shireen Alihaji). Complete runtime 50 min.

Costa Brava, Lebanon Mounia Akl (Lebanon/France/Spain/Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Qatar 2021, 106 min)
Solar, Apr 24 12:00 PM VOGUE Sat, Apr 30 5:30 PM BAMPFA
Set within the close to future however reflecting on present crises in present-day Lebanon, this tense debut portrays three generations of the Badri household, who’ve retreated from the chaos of Beirut to a rural homestead.

Hearth on the Plain Zhang Ji (China 2021, 113 min)
Solar, Apr 24 8:45 PM VOGUE Thu, Apr 28 8:00 PM BAMPFA
The son of an area gangster and daughter of a manufacturing unit employee conspire to flee their determined lives as a serial killer runs rampant on this Chinese language social realist neo-noir.

The Gravedigger’s Spouse Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (Finland/Germany/France 2021, 83 min)
Solar, Apr 24 8:00 PM ROXIE
A loving husband takes to the street to ask for monetary assist from prolonged household when persistent kidney illness threatens his spouse’s life on this heat and humanistic drama.

Midwives Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing (Myanmar/Canada/Germany 2022, 89 min)
Amidst Myanmar’s escalating civil warfare, a Buddhist midwife and her Muslim apprentice overcome private {and professional} variations to care for his or her sufferers at a village clinic on this nuanced documentary.
Mon, Apr 25 6:00 PM ROXIE Solar, Could 1 2:30 PM BAMPFA

Mon, Apr 25 7:00 PM CASTRO
Veteran Hong Kong martial arts icons Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fats face off towards newcomer Ziyi Zhang over a stolen sword in Ang Lee’s electrifying epic. Set within the nineteenth century, over the past days of the Qing Dynasty, Lee’s breakthrough movie is an exhilarating mix of lush visuals, awe-inspiring motion, and romantic journey. A cinematic phenomenon, the movie boasts an beautiful solid; Peter Pau’s luminous, Oscar®-winning cinematography; Tom Yip’s costume and Oscar-winning manufacturing design; and Yuen Woo Ping’s breathtaking struggle choreography with its spectacular, gravity-defying wirework. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, together with Greatest Director and Greatest Image, it received 4, together with Greatest International Language Movie and Greatest Unique Rating for Dun Tan’s vivid compositions. Twenty-two years after its launch, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, screening on the Competition in superb 35 mm, retains its energy to thrill.
$15 Member | $18 Normal Buy tickets for this occasion and obtain 10% off tickets for the Tribute to Michelle Yeoh Friday, April 29.

The Satan’s Drivers Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty (Qatar/France/Lebanon/Germany 2021, 93 min)
Mon, Apr 25 8:30 PM ROXIE
“On the left aspect is Israel; on the correct aspect is Palestine.” Drivers Hamouda and Ismail threat jail or worse to smuggle Palestinian employees into Israel by gaps within the border wall.

TikTok, Growth. Shalini Kantayya (USA 2022, 90 min)
Sat, Apr 30 3:00 PM VICTORIA
For younger individuals, TikTok is the preferred platform for creating personalised content material. However behind the lovable movies lurk problems with censorship and information mining. This documentary deftly explores each side of the TikTok increase. 

Sonne Kurdwyn Ayub (Austria 2022, 88 min)
Sat, Apr 30 5:00 PM ROXIE
When three teenage girlfriends make a house music video to R.E.M.’s “Shedding My Faith,” their second of uninhibited camaraderie turns into an surprising viral sensation in Vienna.



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