Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich/SF was created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the sister city relationship between these two magnificent cities. By highlighting some of the most exciting cinema featuring each metropolis—from late-noir treasures of the ‘70s through recent films—this brand new addition to the Film Society’s Fall Season pays homage to great movies and to two great towns. Plus, most programs at Sister Cities Cinema are double features, so if you can join us for one delightful film, be sure to stick around for the next to further explore the shared cinematic sensibilities of these two iconic locales.
San Francisco Film Society presents Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich / SF
NEW PEOPLE CINEMA
The San Francisco Film Society has a new member in its Fall Season family of short film festivals with Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich / SF, October 18–20 at New People Cinema. Created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Zurich, Switzerland, this eclectic program presents 12 distinguished films from both cities including late-noir classics from the 1970s, fascinating documentaries exploring urban landscapes, light-hearted comedies and a rare peek into Zurich’s punk music scene never before seen in the U.S. Most of the programs are presented as double features, so audiences can explore thematic resonances in curated pairs featuring work from both cities as well as receive a two-for-one ticket deal!
On the San Francisco side of things, Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich / SF highlights a number of notable local filmmakers who have made great contributions towards defining our urban cinematic landscape, such as Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) and Judy Irving (The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill). Some of Switzerland’s most important filmmakers from the 1970s through to the present bring similar examinations of city life in Zurich, including Kurt Früh (The Fall), Fredi M. Murer (Vitus) and Rolf Lyssy (The Swissmakers). For the urban rebel that lives in all of us: a special punk pairing brings Swiss photographer René Uhlmann in person to present the North American premiere of his doc Punk Cocktail: Zurich Scene 1976–80 together with local filmmaker Mindi Bagdon’s Louder Faster Shorter for a screening at 9:30 pm, Saturday October 19.