San Francisco’s annual celebration of Asian and diaspora cinema will be coming to a device near you, albeit in a curtailed form, starting Wednesday, May 13 and continuing through Friday, May 22.
There are incredible films you can stream from home that go beyond Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other services.
Chances also are that you’re in the mood for a movie with a happy ending: meet ‘Balloon.’ Plus: Pacific Film Archive films are coming to a small screen near you!
There’s a treasure trove of movies to stream at home if you know where to look — and luckily for us our film writer does!
If you look beyond the usual platforms, there are excellent places to find British, Korean and Russian films as well as restored American classics for diverting lockdown viewing.
Also: Mick Jagger stars in a finely crafted slice of suspense opening this week, ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy,’ and ‘Brightness’ offers a magical realist examination of a father-son relationship.
Bartosz Bielenia is outstanding as Daniel, a troubled young man paroled from juvenile hall who ends up impersonating a priest.
Though the supernatural does eventually intrude, the French film is largely a deliberately paced examination of teenage tomfoolery, cultural appropriation, and elitist pedagogy.
Set in a veterans’ hospital in the Soviet Union after World War II, and directed by 28-year old Kantemir Balagov, the film eschews the sort of flag-waving patriotism too frequently exhibited by recent Russian cinema.
This Italian film is about a Cosa Nostra loyalist who willingly assassinates his enemies, only to turn on the Italian Mafia when his two young sons disappear.
This week’s movies encompasses everything from traditional arthouse fare to the ultra-outré.
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas will once again show the shorts in contention for an Oscar. SF IndieFest has a number of films it is worth crossing the bay for.