The SFFILM Festival’s Eastern Front 

Local color and outlandish international flickers at this year’s festival.

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Further recommendations: Ramen Shop, director Eric Khoo's narrative tribute to Japanese and Singaporean food (Yerba Buena Center, April 12; and Creativity, April 14); Michael Tyburski's The Sound of Silence, with Peter Sarsgaard as a New York "house tuner" who helps urban dwellers get into the right key of life (Dolby, April 14; Roxie, April 19); the German sci-fi oddity In My Room, in which a man wakes up to find he's (almost) the last person on earth, directed by Ulrich Köhler (BAMPFA, April 13; SFMOMA, April 14); Mothers' Instinct, a sophisticated Belgian thriller by director Olivier Masset-Depasse (at the Victoria, April 21 and 23); and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's Japanese love story Asako I & II, playing April 13 (Creativity), April 17 (YBCA), and April 23 (Victoria).

The SFFILM Festival opens Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., at the Castro, with a new chapter of Armistead Maupin's beloved Tales of the City, starring Laura Linney and Ellen Page. For up-to-the-minute schedule and info:


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