The 50th San Francisco International Film Festival 

April 27 through May 10 at the Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley

Fri., Apr. 27

A Few Days Later ... — An Iranian woman confronts life decisions in this drama by Niki Karimi (78 min., 2006). (7:15)

The Old, Weird America — Musicians and critics ponder the meaning of musicologist Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music in this doc by Rani Singh (90 min., 2006). (8:55)

Opera Jawa — Indonesian director Garin Nugroho's colorful musical adaptation of a tale from Hindu mythology features gamelan, expressive choreography, and striking village settings (125 min., 2006). (4:30)

Sat., Apr. 28

All in This Tea — East Bay filmmaker Les Blank's documentary explores the world of tea (70 min., 2006). (1:30)

At The Edge: New Experimental Cinema — Nine experimental shorts (85 min.). (8:30)

Mukhsin — Malaysian preteens fall in love in director Yasmin Ahmad's coming-of-age drama (95 min., 2006). (3:30)

Vanaja — Fisherman's daughter runs into class prejudice in director Rajnesh Domalpalli's Indian drama (111 min., 2006). (5:30)

Sun., Apr. 29

The Devil Came on Horseback — Documentary on strife in Sudan told through the eyes of an unarmed military observer. Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (88 min., 2007). (1:00)

How Is Your Fish Today? — A bored Beijing screenwriter finds inspiration in the Chinese outback in Xiaolu Go's drama (83 min., 2007). (8:15)

Kevin Brownlow: Introduction to Silents — Film historian, author, and filmmaker illustrates his live lecture with restored early-cinema clips (120 min.). (5:30)

Souvenirs — Funny, touching doc follows an Israeli son (filmmaker Shahar Cohen) and his octogenarian father, who trace the father's footsteps fighting in WWII for the Jewish Brigade of the British army (75 min., 2006). (3:30)

Mon., Apr. 30

Bamako — The World Bank is "put on trial" in this political drama from Mali, directed by Abderrahmane Sissoko (108 min., 2006). (7:00)

Wonders Are Many — Filmmaker Jon Else profiles the production of Doctor Atomic, an opera on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the first atomic bomb, by composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars (94 min., 2007). (9:10) Tue., May 1

Emma's Bliss — Desperate man meets eccentric woman on a farm in Germany in filmmaker Sven Taddicken's romantic comedy (99 min., 2006). (9:15)

Private Fears in Public Places — Veteran director Alain Resnais adapts Alan Ayckbourn's play about emotionally isolated Parisians (120 min., 2006). (7:00)

Wed., May 2

Congorama — Olivier Gourmet stars as a Belgian inventor searching for his biological family in rural Quebec. The 2006 comedy is directed by Philippe Falardeau (106 min., 2006). (9:15)

Forever — Heddy Honigmann's documentary looks into the nooks and crannies of Paris' Père-Lachaise cemetery (95 min., 2006). (7:00) the 50th san francisco international film festival

April 27 through May 10 at the Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley


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