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45 Years
Exquisite performances by Tom Courtenay (Geoff) and Charlotte Rampling (Kate) in this portrait of a marriage seen from the vantage point of its impending 45th anniversary make Andrew Haigh’s film a revelation in every way. When Geoff receives a letter saying that his late girlfriend’s body has been found frozen into a glacier in the Swiss Alps after a fall in the 1960s, the bedrock of his marriage is shaken. As previously untold details of his earlier relationship are gradually revealed, Kate and Geoff circle the questions, spoken and unspoken, that an image frozen in the past brings up. It’s like a chamber piece performed by two actors on top of their form, with a subtlety and insight both moving and poignant. Based on a short story, it brings to mind Joyce’s The Dead. Appropriately, Courtenay and Rampling were each rewarded with Best Actor awards at the 2015 Berlinale.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 5:30 PM
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 2:30 PM
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5@5 Brand New Me
“See the same old faces, look at the same old skies. See them all with brand new eyes.” A treasure trove of shorts from around the world, all about women and directed by women. A woman has an unexpected encounter when camping in Clara Aranovich's Primrose (US 2015, 5 min). In Charlotte Schiøler's By Any Means A-veilable (France/Denmark 2014, 17 min), an apartment hunter goes to unusual lengths to find the perfect flat. A high school girl faces her classmates the day after a graphic picture of her goes viral in Pippa Bianco's Share (US 2015, 11 min). First dates can be minefields of decorum and double standards in Rory Uphold’s Traction (US 2015, 5 min). In Parisa Barani's powerful Ablution (Iran/Canada/US 2015, 16 min), a religious fundamentalist finds her beliefs at odds with her family and environment. And Emily Towers has a few surprises in store when she depicts an awkward reunion as a daughter and dad celebrate Father's Day (US 2015, 16 min).
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 5:00 PM
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 9:30 PM
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5@5 Breakfast in Bed
"Don't be shy, you've been here before. Pull your shoes off, lie down, and I will lock the door." Love, desire, and impulse are indulged and denied in this playful set of international shorts. A hermetic loner sparks an unlikely connection with a free-spirited neighbor in Deborah Attoinese's Snail (US 2014, 13 min). A simple late-night hookup in a car turns into an adventure in voyeurism for a young couple in Tian Guan's unpredictable Drama (China/US 2014, 11 min). Cultural differences threaten to undermine a marriage proposal in Marcelo Mitnik's charming In the Clouds (Argentina 2014, 20 min). One mishap after another follows a waitress on an unforgettable work night in Joey Ally's acerbic Minimum Wage (US 2015, 15 min). And when disaster strikes, a fantasy-prone woman reevaluates her relationship with her psychoanalyst in Heather Jack's humorously apocalyptic Let's Not Panic (US 2015, 11 min). This is an ideal date night collection for the romantic in all of us.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 9:15 PM
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 5:45 PM
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 12:00 PM
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5@5 Doodlin'
"I enjoy procrastinating 'cause I'm busy while I'm waitin', doodlin' away." An international reel of 15 shorts designed for a child’s delight, but guaranteed to entertain adults too. In fact, a meeting of the generations takes place in Bunny New Girl (Australia 2015, 6 min), The Broken Wand (US 2015, 3 min), In the Forest (US 2015, 4 min), Niéta
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 11:30 AM
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:00 AM
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5@5 Festival Faves
A fun sampling of some of the highlights of our festival shorts from around the world. Exact program listing to be announced later.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 8:15 PM
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5@5 Little By Little
"I don't know where to turn, don't know what to do. I'm walking on thin ice." Kids—some criminal, others merely resourceful—face a variety of hurdles in these captivating shorts. A high school underground cheating network risks exposure by its own school paper in Nick Weiss-Richmond and Rachel Cole's Big Cheat (US 2014, 16 min). A young African boy has his hands full trying to make ends meet for his family in Richard Card's vibrant Zawadi (Kenya/US 2014, 13 min). A children's birthday party is the source of sinister doings in David A. Bornstein's tragicomic A King's Betrayal (US 2014, 9 min). The apprentice to a desperate door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman decides to call on an unusual customer far off their normal route in Kate Marks's mystical Miracle Maker (US 2014, 13 min). And a pre-teen Bonnie and Clyde go on a very stylish crime spree in Fidel Ruiz-Healy's love letter to '60s cinema, A Band of Thieves (US 2015, 14 min).
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 5:30 PM
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 3:30 PM
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5@5 My Colouring Book
"A most unusual colouring book. The kind you'll never see. Crayons ready?" This year’s animated shorts program encompasses stop-motion, hand-drawn, and CG techniques with a rambunctious cast of wickedly macabre and sardonic characters. Kicking off the titillating ride, Mirror in Mind (Seung Hee Kim, Korea 2014, 2 min) explores the inner mind with unique experimentation, followed by the vengeful Edgar Allan Poe tale, The Cask of Amontillado (William Joyce & Joe Bluhm, US 2014, 10 min). Submarine Sandwich (PES, US 2014, 2 min) yarns a tasty hero, while Eggplant (Yangzi She, US 2015, 8 min) masters his mixed-bag emotional face. In Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis, US 2015, 8 min), a mysterious crate ruins an old crop duster’s day, followed by rusty machinery yearning for the sun in Golden Shot (Gökalp Gönen, Turkey 2015, 9 min). Unholy light is shed in Day 40 (Sol Friedman, Canada 2014, 6 min), a satirical take on Noah’s Ark. Finishing the program is the Bay Area premiere of legendary visual effects
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 9:30 PM
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 9:30 PM
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5@5 The Other Side of Life
"So as you go to find yourself, don't look too hard, you may pass yourself by." These true-life tales begin with A Passion of Gold and Fire (Belgium 2014, 6 min), Sébastien Pins’ touching profile of a beekeeper who worries about the future of his hive. In Nicholas Cole’s The House Is Innocent (US 2015, 12 min), Tom and Barbara discover their new home has a notorious past. Marathon (US 2015, 9 min), by Theo Rigby and Kate McLean, introduces us to an Ecuadorean immigrant whose dream is to run in the New York City Marathon. Chris Siracuse’s delightful Found (US 2015, 9 min) profiles an Oakland-based artist who finds purpose by turning junk into imaginative kinetic sculptures. With Meg Smaker’s Boxeadora (US 2014, 16 min), we follow one woman’s quest to become Cuba's first female boxer and achieve Olympic glory. In Jim Bird: Portrait of an American (US 2015, 4 min), Nik Kleverov takes us on a trip to Alabama to meet a man who makes sculptures out of large hay bales. Douglas Gautraud’s My M
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 5:00 PM
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 2:45 PM
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5@5 Windmills of Your Mind
"Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel." Time and reality are fractured with lives changed and perceptions altered in these memorable shorts. A mother in a housing project has a date with destiny when two soldiers come to call on her in Moon Molson's powerful The Bravest, the Boldest(US 2014, 16 min). Ollie Verschoyle’s examination of interconnectedness takes a riff on Proust in his sweetly mysterious Madeleine(UK/US 2015, 10 min). A grocery store trip is an exercise in empathy for an elderly couple in Lee Briggs' Baby (US 2014, 7 min). Early morning can be the best time for ruminations on God and produce in Jonathan Patch's funny and observant Deep Breakfast (US 2015, 7 min). And a man is caught in an insidious time loop from which he must escape or die trying in Tali Barde's inventive DOT (Germany 2014, 27 min).
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 9:30 PM
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 5:00 PM
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