San Francisco International Film Festival

I love San Francisco because of the sheer variety of events happening every day.  The San Francisco International Film Festival has been going on for the last two weeks.  We saw three films as part of the regular program at the Kabuki Theater:  Oblivion, a documentary about political strife in Peru; Nomad's Land, a travelogue about the filmmaker's attempts to recreate the adventures of Nicolas Bouvier through the Middle East, India, and Asia; and Claustrophobia, a film out of Hong Kong that tells a subtle love story but leaves it to the viewer to parse together the details of the reverse chronology.  
By far, the most awesome event of the film festival for us was watching The Lost World from the balcony of the Castro Theatre.  
The Lost World was a silent film made in 1925.  The plot was part love story, part adventure and 100% camp.  Dinosaurs are alive and well and living on a plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle.  To prove that these dinosaurs exist, a mad professor and his rag tag crew, including love-lorn reporter Ed Malone, find the plateau and suddenly find themselves on the run from monkey-men and bad-ass dinos. They ultimately capture a brontosaurus as a result of a freak volcanic eruption.  They bring the dino back to London and all hell breaks loose--think King Kong or Godzilla ravaging their respective cities.  For this viewing, Dengue Fever, a band that defies categorization but is jazzy, funky, and Cambodian-influenced wrote and performed an original score.  The result was absolutely amazing!  Kudos the San Francisco Film Society for putting together such a fantastic program. 

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