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San Francisco 2013

Nigths with Théodore
"Nights with Théodore"
(Sébastien Betbeder)

The San Francisco International Film Festival is the oldest continually running cinema festival in the Americas, unreeling for 15 days each spring. This year's edition (25 April-9 May) featured nearly 100 films — features, shorts and documentaries — at three venues in the historic California city on the west coast of the United States — where Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and other screen classics (The Maltese Falcon and D.O.A. included) were filmed — and one in nearby Berkeley, Calif. The festival — run by the San Francisco Film Society — gave out 14 juried awards and $70,000 in cash. Upwards of 100 filmmakers and 70,000 patrons were in attendance. Live events included a State of Cinema address by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh; a screening of the silent 1924 German expressionist film Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett), directed by Leo Birinsky and Paul Leni, with live musical accompaniment; a master class with director William Friedkin; and conversations with actor Harrison Ford and directors Richard Linklater and Philip Kaufman. (Vincent Albert Musetto)

San Francisco (USA, International Film Festival, April 25 — May 9, 2013). Prize: Nights with Théodore (Je suis une ville endormie) by Sébastien Betbeder (France, 2012, 67 mins), screened in "New Directors". Motivation: "With a bold and inventive take on narrative and structure, this beguiling and truly original film is a glowing testament to a new generation of French filmmakers. Its mix of genre, documentary, and fiction makes for an enthralling experience." Jury: Mario Abbade, Brazil ("Jornal O Globo", "Almanaque Virtual"), Glenn Dunks, Australia ("Quickflix", "Senses if Cinema"), Vincent Albert Musetto, USA ("New York Post", "Indiewire", "Film Comment Magazine"). Print Source: Envire de Tempête Productions, 18 rue des Cendriers, F 75020 Paris, Fax +33 6 83 33 30 59,


Death in San Francisco. Vincent Albert Musetto examined one prominent theme in the 11 movies at the 56th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival: death and dying. arrow.
Radicalism Pulsing Against Lethargy. Mario Abbade reviewed They'll Come Back (Eles Voltam), directed by Marcelo Lordello. arrow.
Midnight in Paris. Glenn Dunks reviewed Sébastien Betbeder's captivating genre mash-up Nights with Théodore (Je suis une ville endormie) which won the FIPRESCI award in San Francisco. arrow.



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