Francesco Falaschi’s “As Needed” (“Quanto Basta”) opens New Italian Cinema on Nov. 30; the three-day festival runs through the weekend at the Vogue. (Courtesy photo)

Films opening, film festivals Nov. 29-30, 2018

FILMS OPENING

Becoming Astrid: The movie by Pernille Fischer Christensen tells the true story of a character-defining period in the life of Astrid Lindgren, author of “Pippi Longstocking.” Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.

The Favourite: The darkly comic story by director Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”) is about women jockeying for love, favor and power amid the excesses of 18th-century royals. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Mowgli: The film reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s famed stories about the jungle boy torn between the world of animals and humans. Rated PG-13. At the Shattuck in Berkeley.

Roma
: Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón’s film chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Searching For Ingmar Bergman: On the 100th anniversary of his birth, documentarian Margarethe von Trotta examines the master filmmaker’s life and work with his closest collaborators and well as a new generation of directors. Not rated. At the Roxie.

Shirkers: Sandi Tan recounts the bizarre circumstances surrounding the loss and rediscovery of “Shirkers,” the 1992 debut feature she made in Singapore, in this documentary. At the Opera Plaza. A Q&A is slated for the 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 30 screening.

FILM FESTIVALS

A Day of Silents: San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents “The Real Stan & Ollie” at 10 a.m.; “The Red Kimona” at noon; “Exit Smiling” at 2:15 p.m.; “Coeur Fidèle” at 4:30 p.m.; “7th Heaven” at 7 p.m. and “From Morn to Midnight” at 9:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1 only at the Castro.

New Italian Cinema: The three-day, 11-film festival opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 30 with Francesco Falaschi’s “As Needed” (“Quanto Basta”), a “comic culinary road trip to Florence” about a veteran chef with anger issues who reforms community service at a school for teens with Asperger’s. At the Vogue.

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