Melanie Laurent Finds Hope For Tomorrow

Melanie Laurent is more than the female lead of Inglorious Basterds. She’s also a film director. Her newest film looks at existing and working solutions to some of the present’s pressing social and environmental problems.

Otherwise, since the S.F. International Film Festival is going on for another week, new art film openings are light on the ground. There are a couple of biopics opening, one about father-son golfers and the other about the 19th century French painter and writer who were frenemies. For those unimpressed by the new films, they can play catch-up with Kedi and Your Name.

Cezanne et Moi

This biopic tells the story of the lifelong love-hate relationship between 19th century geniuses painter Paul Cezanne (Guillaume Gallienne, Yves Saint Laurent) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet, Tell No One). Despite coming from different social backgrounds, the two men bonded over their shared outcast status at their provincial school and eventually became best friends. Cezanne and Zola shared dreams of going to Paris and living life to the fullest. Yet rivalries and old hurts would eventually drive them apart.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Tommy’s Honour

Thanks to the achievements of Scotland’s Golf Royalty father-son team “Old” Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and “Young” Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the sport of golf became popularized. “Old” Tom Morris would found the Open Championship. “Young” Tommy’s own public successes would eventually outshine those of his father. But privately, the younger man would eventually reject both the aristocracy that gave him opportunities and the parents who shunned his love for his wife.

Now at the Redwood Downtown 20, the Shattuck Cinemas, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas


Actress-director Melanie Laurent teams up with director Cyril Dion to present a documentary about humanity’s social and environmental challenges. But the film’s emphasis is less on doomsaying and more on showing actual working solutions. The filmmakers travel to ten countries to present solutions ranging from Detroit’s urban farms to an English village minting David Bowie currency to Finland’s progressive schools.

Now at the Rialto Elmwood Cinema and the Vogue Theatre


Tomas (Javier Camara, Talk To Her) pays childhood friend Julian (Ricardo Darin, The Secret In Their Eyes) an unexpected visit, only to receive shocking news. Julian has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has opted to forego treatment. For their last reunion, the two friends set about settling Julian’s affairs, including finding a home for Julian’s beloved dog Truman. A multiple award-winner of Spain’s Goya Awards.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas

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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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