To Be Real 

Who needs relevance? The San Francisco International Film Festival has a monopoly on dreams.

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The festival is its usual Brobdingnagian self -- 175 films in all, 77 narrative features, 28 documentary features, and 70 shorts from 52 countries. It grows more popular each year. If you're reading this without tickets already in hand, you might be left out. But try to pick one or two of the sleepers, such as Sarah Gavron's English drama This Little Life (about a premature baby and his parents) or Rodney Evans' Brother to Brother, a literary dream-narrative of the gay side of the 20th-century Harlem Renaissance. The delightful Cyd Charisse, leggy dance star of old Hollywood, introduces her 1957 musical Silk Stockings on April 16 at the Castro. The Alloy Orchestra performs live scores for two films, Buster Keaton's The General and Charles Vanel's Dans la Nuit. Veteran filmmaker Milos Forman introduces his Hair and Fireman's Ball. Actor Chris Cooper shows up to screen John Sayles' Matewan. Opening night at the Castro is Jim Jarmusch's set of documentary vignettes, Coffee and Cigarettes. And don't forget one last goodie: three screenings (including one at the PFA on April 24) of the great Eric Rohmer's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, a WWII spy adventure called Triple Agent. Film festivals may come and go, but we'll always have Paris. For more information including complete schedules, visit SFFS.org or BAMPFA.Berkeley.edu

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