'La Mission' to open San Francisco festival

'Unmade Beds' will close the event's 52nd edition

The 52nd edition of the San Francisco Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7, will open with Peter Bratt's "La Mission," which was shot in San Francisco's Mission District and which will screen at the Castro Theatre. Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer" is the fest's centerpiece film, and Alexis Dos Santos' "Unmade Beds" will be the closing-night film.

The fest has slated more than 150 films from more than 50 countries.

Three award recipients -- Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford and James Toback -- will be honored at the annual Film Society Awards Night on April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

This year's Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, which honors a filmmaker working in forms other than narrative feature, will be presented to documentarian Lourdes Portillo on April 27 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

The fest's Midnight Awards, honoring a dynamic young American actress and actor entering the prime of their careers, will go to Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood at a late-night ceremony and cocktail reception April 25 at the W San Francisco Hotel.

Thirteen feature documentaries will compete for three prizes in the juried Golden Gate competition. Eleven films will vie for the fest's New Directors Prize.

Winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards at Temple Nightclub–Prana Restaurant on May 6.

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark will discuss her film-set images and show her photo essay "Twins" at the 2009 State of Cinema Address on May 3 at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.
comments powered by Disqus