SF International Film Fest Special Events


Ellen Burstyn: The actress speaks at a screening of clips from her career and “Requiem for a Dream” before receiving the Peter J. Owens Award at Film Society Awards Night. {2 p.m. April 23, Victoria]

Mira Nair: Receiving the the Irving M. Levin Directing Award, the filmmaker appears in conversation at a screening of “Monsoon Wedding” and a peek at her new project, “Queen of Katwe.” [4:30 p.m. April 24, Castro}

Tom McCarthy: The writer-director discusses his career at a screening of clips and “The Station Agent” before receiving the Kanbar Storytelling Award [7 p.m. April 26, BAMFA]

Janus Films, Criterion Collection: The art house cinema companies receive the Mel Novikoff Award in a event with partners Peter Becker and Jonathan Turell, a screening of a recent Criterion restoration of Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Blood Simple” with the Coen brothers attending. [3 p.m. April 30, Castro]

Aardman: The 40-year-old pioneering animation company receives the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at a presentation featuring creative director Peter Lord. [5 p.m. May 1, Castro]

(filmmakers will attend)

Opening Night: “Love & Friendship,” writer-director Whit Stillman’s funny adaptation of a Jane Austen novella, stars Kate Beckinsale as a social climber who tries to finagle out of a scandal and gain matrimonial advantage for herself and her daughter. [7 p.m. April 21, Castro; after party at 9 p.m. at Public Works, 161 Erie St.]

Centerpiece : “Indignation,” which premiered this year at Sundance, is James Schamus’ directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel and fictionalized account of the author’s college experiences. [8 p.m. April 30, Victoria St.]

Closing Night: “The Bandit,” directed by Bay Area filmmaker Jesse Moss, is a surprisingly moving romp through 1970s pop culture, celebrating the friendship between superstar actor Burt Reynolds and stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham. [7 p.m. May 5, Castro]


Wesley Morris: Formerly of San Francisco, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic delivers the talk. [1 p.m. April 30, Victoria]

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