British Films and Co-Productions at the San Francisco International Film Festival


The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival will be held April 21–May 5, 2011. Founded in 1957, it is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000.



The Arbor

The Arbor

Sunday, April 24 • Sunday, May 1 • Wednesday, May 4

Named for her seminal play, this entrancing, wonderfully inventive portrait of the short life and enduring art of working-class British playwright Andrea Dunbar has actors lip-synching extensive interviews with family and friends and reenacting scenes from her work to trace the social context and haunted legacy of a brilliant but troubled artist. Directed by Clio Barnard

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Pink Saris

Pink Saris

Saturday, April 23 • Thursday, April 28

Sampat Pal Devi, founder of India’s Gulabi ("Pink") Gang and fearless defender of the rights of untouchable women, challenges husbands, fathers-in-law and policemen in this immersive study by acclaimed documentarian Kim Longinotto. More than a profile of an everyday heroine, the film captures the courage and sacrifice necessary for social progress. Directed by Kim Longinotto.

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The Pipe

The Pipe

Saturday, April 23 • Saturday, April 30 • Monday, May 2

A grassroots campaign to halt the construction of a high-pressure gas pipeline through a town’s pristine land is the basis of this rousing and utterly timely portrait of an Irish community straining under a titanic battle against a Goliath of money power and a largely compliant state. Directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill.

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Submarine

Submarine

Wednesday, May 4

Oliver, an incredibly astute 15-year old, is keenly observational and wildly imaginative. He thinks he has it all figured out, but his inklings lead him down paths strange, charmed and heartbreaking in this offbeat comedy that shrewdly adapts Joe Dunthorne’s dryly humorous novel about adolescent growing pains. Directed by Richard Ayoade.

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The Trip

The Trip

Monday May 2 • Wednesday, May 4

After their riotous duet in Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back cruising England’s Lake Country in search of fine cuisine. In this unabashed foodie version of Sideways, the cast is expanded with a feast of celebrity impressions, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine and Sean Connery among them. A full belly laugh comes à la carte. Directed by Michael Winterbottom.

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