Held each spring for 15 days, the San Francisco International Film Festival is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country's most beautiful cities, featuring 174 films and live events, upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests and diverse and engaged audiences with more than 70,000 people in attendance. Remarkably intimate for a festival of its size and scope, the International combines a range of marquee premieres, international competitions, hard-hitting documentaries, digital media work and star-studded gala events. The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 25-May 9.
OPENING NIGHT - THURSDAY APRIL 25 - WHAT MAISIE KNEW - 7pm
In this loose adaptation of Henry James’s 1897 novel of the same name, directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel focus on the effects of a marriage’s unraveling as viewed through the eyes of a couple’s six-year-old daughter (newcomer Onata Aprile). Shuttling between narcissistic parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) and bemused but compassionate parental stand-ins (Alexander Skarsgård and Joanna Vanderham), young Maisie comes face to face with the mercurial world of grown-ups who are anything but. (USA, 2012, 93 min, DCP 'Scope)