Why You Should Pay Attention to the San Francisco International Film Festival

Who knew the longest-running film festival in America is presented in San Francisco – shimmering gifts of spring opening at some of our best movie houses? Only fitting, since San Francisco has always been a filmmaker’s dream city. Every major festival except Cannes pivots on a driving force pushing from behind. Ironically the San Francisco International Film Festival attracts major support from the French government and its media arm TV5 Monde, along with the local annex of French banking titan BNP Paribas Group. The French love us, what can I say? We love them back. Fresh off a 2012 season that saw Sundance-acclaimed features make their debut here, Sfiff 2013 hints at a more understated outcome, but there are highlights: Opening Night on Thursday, April 25th, brings What Maisie Knew to the historic Castro Theater. Julianne Moore and Steve Keegan star in a loose adaptation of a Henry James novel – not exactly Tom Ford’s A Single Man, but
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