April 25 - May 9, 2013

Its 56th edition is presented and organized by the renowned San Francisco Film Society, a non-profit whose purpose is to promote and support all aspects of film culture.


With the Festival and film screenings all through the year, the SFFS brings to San Francisco and the Bay Area the best of the world cinema. It enlightens cinema not only as an art, but also obviously as a catalyst in society changes and a main actor contributing to raise social and political awareness.


The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 25 -May 9 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.

Held each spring for 15 days, the SFIFF is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation, featuring more than 150 films (from around the globe) and live events, nearly two dozen awards, 180 participating filmmakers and industry guests and engaged audiences with more than 70,000 people in attendance.


French Cinema is well represented with more than 12 movies in French. We recommend the following movies in French :

Ernest & Célestine, a warm and funny adventure of the improbable friendship between a humble, street busking bear and a spunky, young mouse. Based on the popular children’s books by Gabrielle Vincent. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Populaire. French savoir faire and Mad Men-style retro flair combine in this crowd-pleasing tribute to the effortless glamour of ‘50s Hollywood, an audience favorite in France. With Romain Duris.



Something in the air. The latest film from French master Olivier Assayas chronicles the period following the May '68 riots in Paris.

Thérèse. In late French filmmaker Claude Miller’s final film, Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) is Thérèse, a bored and wealthy woman living a staid existence in the 1920s French countryside. An adaptation of the novel by French author Mauriac.

Click here to access the complete list of French films and the calendar.


Take a look at the Festival calendar and make your own choice. The great spirit of the Festival, the high quality of the selection and the venues (Castro Theatre, Kabuki, New People...) contribute to make it an amazing and tremendous cinema experience.



56th SFIFF

San Francisco and Berkeley

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