Festivals (1/16/15)

This week, film noir fans get their due while Jewish-themed film fans get a one day cinematic appetizer.

Noir City 13

Eddie Muller’s annual festival of film noir features 25 films on the theme of the darker side of marriage.   Familiar films such as Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques and John Frankenheimer’s Seconds rub shoulders with obscurities such as Max Ophuls’ Caught and John Reinhardt’s The Guilty.  Among the festival highlights are a restoration of the apparently destroyed gem Woman On The Run,  the entertainingly implausible Doris Day thriller Julie, and Edward Dmytryk’s vengeful cuckolded psychologist tale The Hidden Room.

Runs January 16-25 at the Castro Theatre

S.F. Jewish Film Festival Winterfest

The S.F. Jewish Film Festival presents a one-day cinematic appetizer of half-a-dozen films to whet audiences’ appetite for the 35th anniversary festival,  Among the titles to be screened are Michael Verhoeven’s Let’s Go, a look at German-Jewish identity in post-World War II Germany; the critically acclaimed Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, a drama about a woman’s fight for freedom in the venue of a rabbinical court; and The Decent One, a look at Gestapo head Heinrich Himmler’s  self-conception of himself as a hero.  Famed psychotherapist Dr. Irvin Yalom will make a post-film appearance.  And Wise Sons deli will have a special offer for attendees of the festival’s Jewish delicatessen documentary.

Screens January 17 at the Roxie Theater

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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