Special events abound at 2010 film festival

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Talks, parties and luminaries are among the programs complementing the ­movies at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival. Here’s a quick look at selected offerings:

Opening Night

Micmacs,” a funny, buoyant David-and-Goliath story by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet — known for “Delicatessen,” “Amélie” and “The City of Lost Children” — screens. A party follows the movie.

[Thursday: 7 p.m. film, Castro Theatre; 9:30 p.m. party, Regency Center, $85 to $145]

An Evening with Don Hertzfeld: Life, Death and Very Large Utensils

The Academy Award-nominated short filmmaker will be presented with a Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award and participate in an onstage interview.

[7:30 p.m. Friday, Sundance Kabuki, $11 to $12.50]

State of Cinema Address: Walter Murch

The film editor and sound designer’s talk, “Three Fathers of Cinema: Beethoven, Flaubert, Edison,” addresses what would have happened if motion pictures had been invented in 1789.

[4 p.m. Sunday, Sundance Kabuki, $11 to $12.50]

An Evening with Walter Salles

The director, recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award, appears in an event including a reel of career highlights, an interview and a screening of “In Search of On the Road,” an hour-long edit of a work in progress focusing on Salles’ effort to make a film about author Jack Kerouac.

[6:45 p.m. April 28, Sundance Kabuki, $11 to $12.50]

Film Society Awards Night

Guests of honor are awardees: Walter Salles receives the Founder’s Directing Award; Robert Duvall, the Peter J. Owens Award for acting; and James Schamus, the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting.

[6 p.m. April 29, Westin St. Francis Hotel, $25]

A Tribute to Robert Duvall

The event features a clip reel of career highlights, an onstage interview and a screening of the actor’s most recent film, “Get Low.”

[7:30 p.m. April 30, Castro Theatre, $25]

An Afternoon with James Schamus

The screenwriter will be honored in an event including an interview with critic B. Ruby Rich and the local premiere of the newly completed director’s cut of 1999’s “Ride with the Devil.”

[1 p.m. May 1, Sundance Kabuki, $25]

Stephin Merritt

The Magnetic Fields musician will accompany director Stuart Paton’s 1916 silent epic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

[8:30 p.m. May 4, Castro Theatre, $22.50]

Closing Night

Joan Rivers — A Piece of Work,” Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s look at the iconic performer, screens. Rivers and Stern are expected to attend. A party follows.

[May 6, 7 p.m. film, Castro Theatre; 9:30 p.m. party, 1015 Folsom; $25 film only, $75 to $135 for film and party]

 

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