Film Schedule - Spring 2023

Thanks for joining us for our 50th anniversary season!

Admission is free, but we suggest a $5 donation.

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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Breathless Movie Poster
Friday, March, 3, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, March, 5, 2023, 4:00pm

Small-time crook Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) steals a car and murders a policeman. While on the run, he reconnects with Patricia (Jean Seberg), a journalism student living in Paris, and tries to convince her to go on the lam with him. “Still nothing like it. Still cool. Still entirely original.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times Directed by Jean-Luc Goddard. (in French w/English subtitles)

These screenings will take place in Darwin 107 due to construction in Warren Auditorium. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Released: 1960
Run time: 90


Pierrot Le Fou Movie Poster
Friday, March, 10, 2023, 7:00pm

“Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: the tenth feature in six years by genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard is a stylish mash-up of anti-consumerist satire, au courant politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave.” – The Criterion Collection (in French w/English subtitles)

Dr. Ajay Gehlawat, Professor in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies will introduce the screening.

This screening will take place in Darwin 107 due to construction in Warren Auditorium. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Released: 1965
Run time: 105


Life & Life Movie Poster
Friday, March, 17, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, March, 19, 2023, 4:00pm

N. C. Heikin’s documentary LIFE & LIFE follows Reggie Austin's personal journey from drug addicted convicted murderer serving 35 years inside California prisons, to free man facing his tattered connections to society and family. While Reggie’s story exposes the impact on men of color of harsh sentencing and parole practices, the film also provides emotional uplift in his perseverance in putting his life back together. Combining breathtaking musical performances, and scenes of raw emotion adjusting to life outside, the film opens up a range of pertinent issues for our time with grace and soul, through the immersive vehicle of music.

On Friday night, Dr. Bryan Burton, Assistant Professor in Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.

These screenings will take place in Darwin 107 due to construction in Warren Auditorium. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Released: 2021
Run time: 81


Friday, March, 24, 2023, 7:00am
Released: 2023


Chess of the Wind Movie Poster
Friday, March, 31, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, April, 2, 2023, 4:00pm

"Banned and thought lost for decades, this gothic 1976 Persian chamber piece involving murderous Iranian haves and have-mores was acclaimed as a major rediscovery at the 2020 New York Film Festival. In a decadently sumptuous, candlelit mansion setting, a dead mother’s riches trigger family warfare—and illicit desires—between a wheelchair-bound daughter, a monstrous stepfather, a maid, and more. With ornate interior set designs and a brilliantly discordant score by trailblazing female composer Sheyda Gharachedaghi, this endlessly surprising work of aristocratic horror is simply, as the London Film Festival notes, 'a revelation.'" - Jason Sanders, BAMPFA Directed by Mohammad Reza Aslani. (in Farsi w/English subtitles)


Released: 1976
Run time: 93


They All Laughed Film Poster
Friday, April, 7, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, April, 9, 2023, 4:00pm

Remembering Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich’s hectic comedy centers on three detectives (Ben Gazzara, John Ritter, Blaine Novak), their various romantic entanglements and the women they fall in love with whom they have been hired to follow (Audrey Hepburn, in her penultimate big-screen role, Colleen Camp, Dorothy Stratten and a fetching Patti Hansen). While poorly received at the time, the comical, heartfelt and personal picture has risen in stature over the last few years, with filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach all noting their personal affection for it. This Bittersweet (lower case b for bittersweet) roundelay is shot entirely on location and captures a New York rarely seen in movies. “Peter Bogdanovich’s THEY ALL LAUGHED is a gem. A minor miracle of a movie that is so delicate, so perfectly put together, and yet somehow so fragile that if you remove one element, one take even, the entire thing would unravel. It’s a whodunit. I suppose, with various characters running around New York following each other and spying on one another, but Bogdanovich seems to think that is the secondary plot of THEY ALL LAUGHED, the first being just putting all these crazy people into the same movie and seeing what would happen.”- Sheila O'Malley

Released: 1981
Run time: 115


Matewan Poster
Friday, April, 14, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, April, 16, 2023, 4:00pm

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, John Sayles’ stunning MATEWAN celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan (a very early film starring the amazing Chris Cooper), a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson (James Earl Jones) and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and MATEWAN's vested interests.

Released: 1987
Run time: 135 min.


Manchurian Candidate Still
Friday, April, 21, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, April, 23, 2023, 4:00pm

Remembering Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury shocked movie goers with her maniacal, icy, and diabolical turn as the world's worst mother in writer-director John Frankenheimer’s masterpiece. Set in the early fifties, this razor-sharp adaptation of the novel by Richard Condon concerns the decorated U.S. Army sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey), who as a prisoner during the Korean War is brainwashed into becoming a sleeper assassin in a Communist conspiracy, and a fellow POW (Frank Sinatra) who slowly uncovers the sinister plot. “One of the strangest and most mercurial movies ever made in Hollywood” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Released: 1962
Run time: 126


Popi Film Poster
Friday, April, 28, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, April, 30, 2023, 4:00pm

Alan Arkin and Rita Moreno star in a totally charming tale of a Puerto Rican widower who is struggling to raise his two boys in New York’s Spanish Harlem. He comes up with a hairbrained scheme to make a better life for his boys. Directed by Arthur Hiller.

Released: 1969
Run time: 113


Fisherman's Friends Poster
Friday, May, 5, 2023, 7:00pm
Sunday, May, 7, 2023, 4:00pm

This delightful piece of Britcom silliness loosely based on the incredible rise of the Cornish sea-shanty group got lost during the COVID shutdown. FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS is not, in this case, a strong menthol throat lozenge, but a 2019 feel-good film based on a true story. In it, a band of singing Cornish fishermen and lifeboatmen are discovered by a London music executive who is able to snag them a contract with a major record label. The real-life “buoy” band scored a top-ten single and an appearance at the famed Glastonbury Festival. They still perform in the off-season when not out catching lobsters. The film weaves threads of the real Fisherman’s Friends' journey with a rom-com element and the timeless lesson that fame and fortune do not guarantee a happy life. Directed by Chris Foggin.

Released: 2020
Run time: 112 min.