Film Schedule - Fall 2021

Fall 2021 screenings will be virtual.

We'll be posting links to watch the films by noon each Friday (separate links for SSU students and the general public).

In these challenging times, we are grateful to all Sonoma Film Institute attendees and supporters. To continue as a unique cultural resource in the North Bay Area, SFI needs contributions from the community we serve. With your support, we will continue to program the incredible variety of movies you can’t find anywhere else. Thank you!

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UN FILM DRAMATIQUE

Un Film Dramatique Film Still of Two Children Talking
Friday, September 10, 2021 -
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Filmed over the course of four years, UN FILM DRAMATIQUE is a lively documentary and collaboration between renowned artist-filmmaker Éric Baudelaire and a group of 21 middle-schoolers at Dora Maar Middle School—located on the outskirts of Paris—who playfully document their daily lives and experiment with cameras. Using an innovative approach to education and filmmaking, Baudelaire sparks important conversations following the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris and debates around the approaching elections and immigration regulations. Through a child’s lens, this film offers insights into the realities of our current sociopolitical moment. “Seeing the world through the eyes of these children…makes this movie so deeply joyful.” - Teo Bugbee, The New York Times (2019, 114 min., in French w/ English subtitles)

FREE for Sonoma State University Students (get code from your professor)

$10 for 72-hour rental to the General Public

Released: 2019
Run time: 114 min.

THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA (La Telenovela Errante)

The Wandering Soap Opera Film Still Man on TV Screen
Friday, September 24, 2021 -
Sunday, September 26, 2021

In 1990, Raúl Ruiz conducted six days of acting workshops and filming in his native Chile, yielding a small wealth of 16mm footage that was never edited together until Valeria Sarmiento, Ruiz’s wife and chief collaborator, returned to it nearly six years after Ruiz’s death in 2011. The result is a wildly inventive, episodic work of political satire born of Ruiz and Sarmiento’s vision of “Chilean reality” as a grand pastiche of soap-opera tropes—in other words, that the best way to understand the political and economic realities Chileans face is to view their situation through the sublime and ridiculous prism of the telenovela. (2017, 80 min., in Spanish w/ English subtitles)

FREE for Sonoma State University Students (get code from your professor)

$12 for 72-hour rental to the General Public

Released: 2017
Run time: 80 min.

THE WOMAN WHO RAN

The Woman Who Ran Film Still Two Women Talking
Friday, October 8, 2021 -
Sunday, October 10, 2021

The 24th feature from Hong Sang-soo, THE WOMAN WHO RAN follows Gam-hee (Kim Min-hee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Young-soon (Young-wha Seo) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Su-young (Song Seon-mi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woo-jin (Sae-byuk Kim) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface. With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. THE WOMAN WHO RAN is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere. "Elegant, dryly funny and quietly moving." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times (2020, 77 min., in Korean w/ English subtitles)

FREE for Sonoma State University Students (get code from your professor)

$12 for 72-hour rental to the General Public

Released: 2020
Run time: 77 min.

I AM A TOWN

I Am a Town Movie Poster
Friday, October 22, 2021 -
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Nestled at the end of a remote peninsula, and protected by a circling school of great white sharks, lies Provincetown, MA—a historic New England fishing village turned vibrant arts colony. In his documentary debut, local artist Mischa Richter crafts a gorgeous love letter to the free-spirited community his family has called home for nearly 100 years. Interweaving lush 35mm cinematography, poetry, and intimate conversations with the diverse, vivacious inhabitants—from pilgrims and fishermen to drag queens and spirit guides—I AM A TOWN is a lyrical meditation on the personalities that define this seaside community.

FREE for Sonoma State University Students (get code from your professor)

$10 for 72-hour rental to the General Public

Theatrical trailer not yet available.

Released: 2020
Run time: 83 min.

ANNE AT 13,000 FT.

Woman in Field
Friday, November 5, 2021 -
Sunday, November 7, 2021

“In just two features — TIFF selections Tower (2012) and How Heavy This Hammer (2015) — Kazik Radwanski has emerged as one of the most distinctive young voices in Canadian cinema, with his refreshingly unadorned yet empathic portraits of alienated individuals struggling to keep it together. His latest and best film to date, ANNE AT 13,000 FT. centres on a precarious period in the life of its eponymous Anne, played by Deragh Campbell in an electric performance. With her best friend Sarah (musician Dorothea Paas), 27 year-old Anne works at a Toronto daycare, where she bickers needlessly with colleagues and is often more interested in fantasizing with the children than in supervising them. For Sarah’s bachelorette party, they go skydiving, and Anne seems completely in her element, floating above it all — a true departure from her strained, awkward interactions with people. Rife with cinematic references, not the least of which is Gena Rowlands’ all-out performance in Cassavetes’ classic A Woman Under the Influence, ANNE AT 13,000 FT. is raw and unnerving, and a clear evolution in Radwanski’s filmmaking. A vivid portrait of volatility, the film provides both clever metaphors and jostling temporal shifts to show the fine line between losing one’s ground and wanting, waiting, for one’s life to take off.” – Toronto International Film Festival 

FREE for Sonoma State University Students (get code from your professor)

$10 for 72-hour rental to the General Public

Released: 2019
Run time: 75 min.

499

Men Sitting Talking
Friday, November 19, 2021 -
Sunday, November 21, 2021

“Stranded in modern-day Mexico, a 16th-century conquistador (Eduardo San Juan) begins a journey, visiting bereaved relatives of murdered activists, exploring haunting strip clubs, and traversing misty mountains. A narrator brings to life text from old diaries, as the time traveler crosses over dunes and through bustling cities, detailing accounts of how the Spanish dehumanized the societies with whom they met, and with what impunity they maneuvered and battled. There are hints of remorse over the violence they unleashed, but these are few and far between. Director Rodrigo Reyes (Lupe Under the Sun, SFI 2017) combines documentary and a bit of fiction, using magical realism to draw a parallel between the apocalyptic sacking of Tenochtitlan and the harsh reality of many modern-day Mexicans. The carefully crafted cinematography and the dream-like style of the film serve as a gentle backdrop for the restrained tenacity and stubborn hope of all the migrants, activists, and grieving mothers. In bringing these issues to the forefront, 499 can provide a way for a country and its citizens to finally start healing from centuries old wounds.” - Deborah Rudolph, Tribeca Film Festival (2020, 88 min., in Nahuatl and Spanish w/ English subtitles)

FREE for Sonoma State University Students (get code from your professor)

$10 for 72-hour rental to the General Public

Released: 2020
Run time: 88 min.