This is your last chance to spend the weekend at SF Indie Fest movies for the year, because on Thursday next week, they close their doors for the season. And there's still so much to see! They're mostly at the Roxie Theatre this weekend with several noteworthy shows taking place at the 518 Valencia Pop Up Theatre.
The Alamo Drafthouse also makes an unusual appearance on the weekend screenings list, with two new movies that have several showtimes, Fashionista and Before We Vanish. Make an effort to come check these out over the weekend, as their runs on the big screen may be shorter than you expect!
Screening All Weekend (2hrs 9min)
Art House/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
In his twentieth film, acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa reinvents the alien movie as a unique and profoundly human tale of love and mystery. Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob the hosts of their essence - good, evil, property, family, belonging - leaving only hollow shells, which are all but unrecognizable to their loved ones. Equally hilarious, thrilling, and profound, BEFORE WE VANISH reminds audiences of the continued strength of one of Japanese cinema's most unique auteurs - and the value of the human spirit.
Friday 9th @ 9:35pm (1hr 50min)
Saturday 10th @ 10:35pm
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Set in the 'weird' capital of the world, Austin, Texas, April and Eric own a vintage clothing store and are happily in love - or so it seems. As things go awry with her relationship, April relies increasingly on her clothes as an emotional crutch. When she meets a handsome stranger in a random bar, her life starts to spiral out of control and she has to rely on her clothing fetish to maintain some kind of sanity.
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Thursday 9th @ 7pm (2hrs 4min)
Animation/ Action/ Scifi (IMDB)
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only one kid and a group of psychics can stop.
Live re-score by The Firmament
Using synthesizers, acid basslines, drum machines and audio samples from the film, San Francisco based electronic musical score design duo The Firmament has created a live electronic score to the 1988 classic anime Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo.
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Friday 9th @ 7pm (1hr 39min)
Sci-Fi/ Thriller (SF Indie Fest)
Despite being thousands of miles away, Maude can still feel her abducted twin sister Cleo through what may be a psychic link in this Outback Noir anchored by dual performances from Adelaide Clemens. Exploiting prejudice and pseudo-science, Shanahan crafts an unforgettable and unflinching portrait of attachment.
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Sunday 11th @ 9:15pm (1hr 30min)
A young mad genius attempts to ‘hack the mind’ in order to fix humanity. During the course of his experiments, Mason accidentally gives physical form to his inner voice, Finn, and the pair must work together to stop the opposing forces attempting to co-opt the same technology for evil.
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Sunday 11th @ 9:15pm (1hr 32min)
Adventure/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from ‘the most secure prison in Europe,’ the HMP Maze, an inmate and revolutionary develops a complicated friendship with the prison warden. Or is it just a part of the plan?
Sunday 11th @ 2pm (1hr 39min)
Under a tin-gray sky, in a hollowed out corner of northern China, a stranger arrives in town bearing magical soap-but smelling it will cost you. Nearby, a pair of unenthused cops try cracking a seemingly simple case. Or not. And you can forget religious solace; the only monk around is not what he seems. Director Jun Geng is at his best when he celebrates the gaunt, manufactured landscapes of an unseen China and holds anyone of authority up to a Jarmusch-esque light for examination. Geng's affection for his ensemble of offbeat, yet everyday, characters-combined with cool, angular visuals that create a strange harmony between the harsh, geographical backdrop and its humble inhabitants-makes their absurdist journeys feel human. Steeping a caper in a workerless industrial center puts a fresh twist on the crime genre, proving Geng's love of working against convention, as he casts a satirical eye on a system so flawed it's tragicomic.
518 Valencia Pop Up Theatre
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I Am A Knife With Legs (2014)
Saturday 10th @ 1pm (1hr 23min)
Action/ Comedy/ Music (IMDB)
On the run from an assassin, international rock superstar Bené hides out in Los Angeles and prepares for a showdown with death.
Kill Me Please (2016)
Saturday 10th @ 5pm (1hr 41min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Barra da Tijuca, West Side Zone of Rio de Janeiro. A wave of murderers plague the area. What starts off as a morbid curiosity for the local youth slowly begins to spoil away at their lives. Among them is Bia, a fifteen year old girl. After an encounter with death, she will do anything to make sure she's alive.
Sunday 11th @ 3pm (1hr 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. Berberian Sound Studio is many things: an anti-horror film, a stylistic tour de force, and a dream of cinema. As such, it offers a kind of pleasure that is rare in films, while recreating in a highly original way the pleasures of Italian horror cinema. (c) IFC