The 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 to May 9) features 200 films and events. One of the most outstanding films, “Rosie,” stars Swiss actress, Sibylle Brunner, who has been awarded the 2013 Swiss Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Rosie. Directed by Marcel Gisler and nominated for six Swiss Film Awards, the film’s tale of romantic and familial entanglements was a clear favorite of judges at the Awards Ceremony in Geneva.
San Francisco movie goers can view the film Tuesday at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema’s screening at 6:00 PM. Hopefully, more screenings will be scheduled at Bay Area movie theaters in the coming weeks.
During her theatrical career, Ms. Brunner has played numerous characters from world literature and also performed in major television series. “Rosie’s” six nominations include Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and two nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
The Plot: Disillusioned gay novelist Lorenz (Fabian Kruger, Best Actor nominee) returns home to rural Switzerland to tend to his aging mother (the dynamic Sibylle Brunner as the fiercely independent family matriarch, Rosie.) Lorenz soon learns that emotionally charged issues are not as easily resolved as his more predictably plotted novels. He meets and mingles with an infatuated reader some 20 years his junior and engages in a romantic tryst that finds him physically challenged when he throws out his back. Engaging performances interlaced with humor, cinematic images of the Alps and a classical musical background add depth as Lorenz and his sister watch Rosie fight to resist her steady decline.
Another festival film that addresses the passage of time is “Before Midnight,” a sequel to the much loved Ethan Hawke and Judy Delpy connection in the memorable 1995 “Before Sunrise.” Be sure and catch both films and the closing night party on May 9. “Before Midnight” at the Castro Theater precedes the Closing Night Party at Ruby Skye Nightclub. The party is limited to those 21 years or older. For more details, visit www.sffs.org or visit one of the following theaters during the festival:
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street (at Fillmore) Open daily at 11:00 am
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street (near Webster. Open daily one hour before first screening of the day
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street (near Market
Pacific Film Archive Theater*
2575 Bancroft Way (at Bowditch), Berkeley *Day-of show only, cash only
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