Now in its 45th year, The San Francisco International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in North America. Featuring 180 films from 46 different countries, including works from both masters such as Jean-Luc Godard and Martin Scorsese and hot young talents such as Laurent Cantet and Takashi Miike, the Festival prides itself on showing the best films from around the world, many of which lack commercial distribution. The programmers mine the previous year's Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, New York and Rotterdam festivals to present the cream of the festival circuit. AboutFilm's Jeff Vorndam has tasted the cream and lets you know whether it's sour or sweet.
This year's festival ran from April 18 to May 2, 2002. For more information, visit the Festival's official site.
|A Chronicle of Corpses (USA, 2000). Marj Dusay, Oliver Wyman, Margot White. Directed by Andrew Repasky McElhinney.|
|Decasia (USA, 2002). Written, produced, and directed by Bill Morrison.|
|Derrida (USA, 2002). Documentary. Featuring Jacques Derrida. Directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman.|
|Failan (South Korea, 2001). Korean and Cantonese language. Choi Min-sik, Cecilia Cheung, Son Byeong-ho. Directed by Song Hye-sung.|
|Fulltime Killer, aka Chuen jik sat sau (Hong Kong, 2001). Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Kelly Lin. Directed by Johnny To, Wai Ka-fai.|
|Happy Times, aka Xingfu shiguang (China, 2000). Mandarin language. Zhao Benshan, Dong Jie, Li Xuejian. Directed by Zhang Yimou.|
|Hell House (USA, 2001). A documentary directed by George Ratliffe.|
|My Voyage to Italy (USA/Italy, 2001). Documentary. Featuring and directed by Martin Scorsese.|
In addition to the above full-length reviews, Jeff has written capsule reviews for several additional films. They are: