San Francisco Film Festival Announces 22 Films in Its Lineup

Cutie and the Boxer

U.S.A. (Director: Zachary Heinzerling)

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

The roster includes 10 narrative features and 12 documentaries that will screen during the fest, which runs from April 25 to May 9.

Ten narrative features from 12 countries have been selected to compete for the New Directors Prize at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 25 to May 9. Twelve documentaries from 10 countries will compete for the Golden Gate Award.

With $70,000 in prize money to distribute, the festival will award $15,000 to the winner of the New Directors Prize, $20,000 to the Golden Gate Award winner and $15,000 to the Bay Area documentary feature winner. Winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on March 8.

The selections for the narrative feature competition are:

The Cleaner, Adrian Sabu, Peru

Habi, the Foreigner, Maria Florencia Alvarez, Argentina/Brazil

Memories Look at Me, Song Fang, China

Our Homeland, Yang Yonghi, Japan

Present Tense, Belmin Soylemez, Turkey

La Sirga, William Vega, Colombia/France/Mexico

The Strange Little Cat, Ramon Zurcher, Germany

Tall as the Baobab Tree, Jeremy Teicher, USA/Senegal

They'll Come Back, Marcelo Lordello, Brazil

Youth, Justine Malle, France

The New Directors section will also include 19 out-of-competition films, which will be announced April 2.

The selections for the documentary feature competition are:

After Tiller, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, USA

Before You Know It, PJ Ravel, USA

Chimeras, Mika Mattila, Finland

Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling, USA

God Loves Uganda, Roger Ross Williams, USA/Uganda

Inori, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, Japan

The Kill Team, Dan Krauss, USA

Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder, USA

Rent a Family Inc., Kaspar Astrup Schroder, Denmark

A River Changes Course, Kalyanee Mam, Cambodia/USA

The Search for Emak Bakia, Oskar Alegria, Spain

Sofia's Last Ambulance, Ilian Metev, Germany/Bulgaria/Croatia

In addition to these 12 features by emerging filmmakers, the Golden Gate Awards will include competitors in six other categories, which will be announced April 2.