66th San Francisco International Film Festival at BAMPFA

April 14–23, 2023

BAMPFA is proud to partner with the SFFILM Festival, an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and a major cultural event in the Bay Area.

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  • Earth Mama

  • L’immensità

  • Snow and the Bear

  • Against the Tide

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Upcoming Films

  • Vicenta B.

    Carlos Lechuga
    Cuba, France, Colombia, Norway, United States, 2022
    • Friday, April 14 6 PM

    Vicenta is a gifted clairvoyant. While she can foretell others’ future, her own remains cloudy as she struggles to communicate with her ancestors to understand the journey ahead for her and her son, who is leaving Cuba for the United States.

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  • Earth Mama

    Savanah Leaf
    United States, 2023
    • Friday, April 14 8 PM

    A single mother in Oakland navigates the foster care system while making a living at a family portrait studio in this intimate coming-of-age story.

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  • The Tuba Thieves

    Alison O’Daniel
    United States, 2023
    • Saturday, April 15 12 PM

    In this visually stunning work, which features a visceral, textured sound design and an almost entirely deaf cast, Alison O’Daniel invites the audience to listen to the world through the experiences of the deaf and hard of hearing.

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  • Peafowl

    Byun Sung-bin
    South Korea, 2022
    • Saturday, April 15 2:30 PM

    A masterfully shot debut feature, Peafowl follows a professional waack dancer, Myung, as she confronts her relationship with her family and finds her own personal style of performance.

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  • L’immensità

    Emanuele Crialese
    Italy, France, 2022
    • Saturday, April 15 5:30 PM

    Emanuele Crialese’s first film in eleven years is a portrait of two outsiders, an effusive, fun-loving mother (Penélope Cruz) and her daughter, trying to escape the confines of their environment in 1970s Rome.

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  • Dalíland

    Mary Harron
    United Kingdom, United States, 2022
    • Saturday, April 15 7:45 PM

    A young gallery assistant is asked to deliver money to Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, and is swept into their world of art and parties filled with beautiful people and stimulating substances.

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  • Snow and the Bear

    Selcen Ergun
    Turkey, Germany, Serbia, 2022
    • Sunday, April 16 4:45 PM

    Director Selcen Ergun expertly balances the tension between patriarchal tradition and modernity, crafting a mystery-drama about a dedicated nurse starting a new job in a remote Turkish village.

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  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Antonio Lukich
    Ukraine, 2022
    • Sunday, April 16 7 PM

    Twin brothers embark on a road trip to search for their Yugoslavian father, who is rumored to be in Luxembourg.

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  • What These Walls Won’t Hold

    Adamu Chan
    United States, 2022
    • Sunday, April 16 2 PM

    Formerly incarcerated director Adamu Chan documents a community within and outside of prison thriving with relationships built on trust and an indomitable zeal to fight for a brighter and better future. With shorts How We Get Free and Sol in the Garden.

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  • Persistence of Vision Award: Mark Cousins + The March on Rome

    Mark Cousins
    Italy, 2022
    • Thursday, April 20 7 PM
    Mark Cousins in Person

    Filmmaker Mark Cousins is this year’s recipient of the Persistence of Vision Award, dedicated to Tom Luddy. Cousins will present his new film, The March on Rome.

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  • My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

    Mark Cousins
    United Kingdom, 2022
    • Friday, April 21 4 PM
    Mark Cousins in Person

    Mark Cousins’s film dives into the oeuvre of the Master of Suspense, with actor Alistair McGowan as Alfred Hitchcock providing a lively lecture populated with clips from his entire career.

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  • Martínez

    Lorena Padilla
    Mexico, 2023
    • Friday, April 21 7 PM

    In this satirical take on workplace culture and urban alienation, Martínez deals with the death of a neighbor and his imminent forced retirement, finding hope and inspiration on the flip side of humiliation and despair.

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  • 1000% Me: Growing Up Mixed

    W. Kamau Bell
    United States, 2023
    • Saturday, April 22 12 PM

    W. Kamau Bell’s latest work profiles the joys and struggles of children growing up mixed-race. With shorts Creating Things and Southern Afternoon.

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  • Milisuthando

    Milisuthando Bongela
    South Africa, Colombia, 2023
    • Saturday, April 22 2:30 PM

    Using archival and verité footage, along with deeply personal interviews, Milisuthando Bongela constructs this intimate essay about what it meant to grow up in South Africa’s Transkei during apartheid and her continuing process of coming to terms with the aftermath.

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  • Against the Tide

    Sarvnik Kaur
    India, 2023
    • Saturday, April 22 5:30 PM

    As the Arabian Sea’s fish population dwindles, two fishermen from Mumbai’s Koli community endeavor to change their fortunes. United by a shared ambition, their friendship is tested as they employ different methods to achieve their goal.

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  • Something You Said Last Night

    Luis De Filippis
    Canada, Switzerland, 2022
    • Saturday, April 22 8:15 PM

    Luis De Filippis’s story of a family vacation, notable for its subtle, undramatic depiction of trans life on-screen, perfectly encapsulates the tensions that can arise from close proximity and overdetermined fun when paired with family dynamics.

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  • I Have Electric Dreams

    Valentina Maurel
    Belgium, France, Costa Rica, 2022
    • Sunday, April 23 5:30 PM

    I Have Electric Dreams follows teenage Eva as she grapples with the emotions and realities of her parents’ split and her own shifting priorities and desires.

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  • Animalia

    Sofia Alaoui
    France, Morocco, Qatar, 2023
    • Sunday, April 23 8 PM

    In this wide-ranging, genre-encompassing debut, mysterious apparitions above a remote Moroccan lake bring chaos to the world of a pregnant woman. 

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  • Rally

    Rooth Tang
    United States, 2023
    • Sunday, April 23 12 PM

    Rooth Tang chronicles the life and legacy of Rose Pak, San Francisco’s atypical kingmaker, who worked tirelessly to bring Chinese American issues to the forefront of political discourse in this profile of a Bay Area mover and shaker.

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  • Fremont

    Babak Jalali
    United States, 2023
    • Sunday, April 23 3 PM

    A former translator for the US military, Donya now lives among the Afghan diaspora who call the eponymous Bay Area suburb home and works at a San Francisco fortune cookie factory in Babak Jalali’s wry, character-driven drama.

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