SFFILM: LANDLINE, PATTI CAKE$ & THE GREEN FOG
05 Apr, 2017
The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 6-19) opens this evening at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre at 7 p.m. with LANDLINE (2017), directed and cowritten by Gillian Robespierre and stars Jenny Slate, TRANSPARENT’s Jay Duplass, Finn Wittrock, newcomer Abby Quinn, Edie Falco and John Turturro. The film is set in the pre-internet ’90s and focuses on Dana (Slate) as a low level magazine department employee who is unsure about marrying her boyfriend (Duplass), as well as feels guilty that she still has feelings for her old college friend (Wittrock). Her sister, a NYU student frequents the club scene and constantly tests her parents’ patience. Filled with Manhattan’s hipster record stores, druggy raves, and poetry slams, they attempt to find personal happiness in their middle-class existence and stay grounded with some sort of landline.
Following the film, join us at 9 p.m. for an Opening Night bash featuring live entertainment, dancing, and delicious treats at the historic Regency Center (1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco). Buy tickets!
[Above featured photo: A scene from LANDLINE]
The festival will present its Centerpiece Presentation, the Sundance Film Festival breakout hit PATTI CAKE$, at the Castro Theatre on April 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Erupting with strong beats, the picture features a powerful performance by Danielle Macdonald (Patti) who dreams of hip-hop stardom. At 23, she feels she has accomplished little and bartends for spending money. Further, she tries her best to steer clear of her mom who is burdened with feelings of disappointment. Patti later meets Bastard, an intriguing outsider who has instrumental styles. They both enter a music competition and we see the characters’ lay down catchy beats. A moving and extremely entertaining film, it becomes apparent where hip-hop can take this multi-racial group of artists. Buy tickets!
Closing Night, April 16 at 7 p.m. features THE GREEN FOG accompanied by the Kronos Quartet. In celebration of its 60th anniversary the world-renowned Kronos Quartet will perform a new score by composer Jacob Garchik paired with a visual collage of Bay Area footage from Guy Maddin and codirectors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson. The piece will consist of footage from various sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV, which at the same time pays tribute to the city of San Francisco. Buy tickets!