Sure, there were tough times. There’s something about sitting through a Juliette Binoche movie about adult siblings trying to divvy up an inheritance that can really make a man sigh. A hip pop centerpiece and long range sighting of Zooey Deschanel didn’t really shake my cherry either. Then there was the night of back row woes that I’d rather forget. But those were some small water spots on the windshield of my 52nd annual SFIFF yacht.
Whenever I ask people what their favorite movies of the festival were, they say a bunch I never saw. So either there are just way too many movies on the program or I pick out the ones everyone else ignores. Yes, I know; it’s both. For what it’s worth, my favorites were the sci-fi throwback, Moon, and the absurdist comedy with the misleading title, World’s Greatest Dad. But I feel compelled to give a little mention to Adoration as well, which is as timely and thoughtful as anything I’ve seen in a while.
A lot of the movies here at SFIFF were good. That means they’re sure to get released in big theaters. But it also means we can’t post reviews of them yet, but rest assured, we will.
Here’s a list of everything we did get to cover:
All in all the San Francisco International Film Festival was a great experience, made easy by a very accommodating staff. I can’t wait for next year, but I’m also pretty excited to get a large Coke and watch Star Trek.