Namdev Bhau In Search of Silence

Namdev Bhau, a 65-year-old chauffeur, can no longer take the relentless noise of Mumbai. Since he cannot find peace at home either he packs a bag and sets off to a fabled retreat deep in the Himalayas, hoping to find peace at last. On the way, an exasperating, chatty 12-year-old boy decides to tag along. This gently paced story, directed by Dar Gai, marries  exquisite scenery and hilariously mis-matched travel partners into a gently paced road film that surprises with its big laughs and sudden depths–a radiant film that finds peace inside the vibration of life and beauty inside the heartbeat of existence.

India/Ukraine 2018 (84 minutes)

The Keeper

Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmuller, this engrossing drama tells the incredible true story of a German POW, Bert Trautmann (David Kross), who becomes the goalie for Manchester City while being spurned as the enemy by the locals in war-torn Lancashire and the national press. His love for an Englishwoman, Margaret (Freya Mavor), who stands by him, carries him through as he faces serious injury and loss but goes on to make history (appearing for Manchester City until 1964) and become a footballing icon. Rousing biographical film with rich performances set in struggling post-war Britain.

UK/Germany 2018 (119 minutes)

Sponsor: Stuart Keirle, who will introduce the film

The Man Who Wanted to Fly

This documentary tells the irresistible story of 80-something, bachelor farmer Bobby Coote. Bobby spends a lot of time in his back shed in County Cavan (in the Irish province of Ulster) fixing clocks and making violins from old furniture. He says his reading and writing isn’t great – but his dreams sure are: for over 50 years Bobby has wanted to fly. Director Frank Shouldice’s delightful film, full of good humor and endearingly eccentric characters, follows the octogenarian on his eventful journey to the clouds. An uplifting story and in every way inspiring.

Ireland 2018 (82 minutes)

Sponsor: Irish Consulate General San Francisco
Co-Presented by SF Irish Film Festival

Extra Ordinary

Rose (celebrated Irish comedienne Maeve Higgins) sees paranormal activity everywhere, but wants little to do with it. She’s content to live out her humble driving-instructor life, although she’d prefer not to be perpetually single. So when neighbor and widower Martin (Barry Ward of “Jimmy’s Hall”) comes knocking with ghost woes of his own, and Satan-worshipping American rock-star-in-exile Christian Winter’s (Will Forte in a go-for-broke comic performance) search for virgin sacrifices begins to threaten their small Irish town, the stage is set for a supernatural romantic comedy with rollicking charm. A gut-busting ghost-buster from directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loghman.

Ireland 2019 (94 minutes)

Guest: Will Forte
Will Forte is an American award-winning actor and writer best known for “Saturday Night Live” and “The Last Man on Earth,” which was created for him and netted him three Emmy nominations.  He wrote for “The David Letterman Show”

Sponsor: Jack Bair
Mostly British co-director, will interview Will Forte

Sponsor: Irish Consulate General San Francisco
Co-Presented by SF Irish Film Festival 

The Delinquent Season

An examination of love, lust and family relationships starring two of Irelands most lauded actors, Cillian Murphy (“Peaky Blinders,” “Dunkirk”) and Andrew Scott (“Fleabag’s”hot priest, “His Dark Materials”). This Irish drama revolves around two contemporary Dublin couples. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation occurs and cracks begin to appear in these seemingly steady marriages. There are no real heroes or villains in this beautifully acted look at autumnal infidelity; just a group of well-intended, middle-class folks so taken up by work, parenting and the demands of everyday life that they are caught short by the surprises that befall them. It’s a wholly authentic story – passionate, sad, tragic and haunting.

Ireland 2018 (103 minutes)

Sponsor: Irish Consulate General San Francisco
Co-Presented by SF Irish Film Festival 

BAIT

Mark Jenkin’s debut drama is weird. It is also strange, rather wonderful and very different. Set in a Cornish fishing village in decline, Martin Ward is a cove fisherman down on his luck, incensed by the tourist invasion transforming the village and by his brother Stephen using their father’s fishing boat for tourist excursions. Their family home has also been lost to tourists. But stylistically this everyday narrative shot in black-and-white on 16mm film, becomes an expressionistic F W Murnau melodrama with huge grainy close-ups reminiscent of early cinema generating a sense of menace and danger which foreshadow the tragedy to come. Winner BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut.

UK 2019 (89 minutes)

Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible

“Moulin Rouge!,” “Muriel’s Wedding,” “Road to Perdition,” “Romeo+Juliet,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “A Cry in the Dark,” “The Young Victoria,” “Red Dog,” “Japanese Story,” “Elizabeth” – if you have seen any of these extraordinary films, you have seen the remarkable work of Jill Bilcock, one of the world’s most daring, influential and in-demand film editors. With a wealth of film clips and interviews with renowned directors and actors, director Axel Grigor’s hugely entertaining documentary offers captivating insight into the art of film editing, and, in Bilcock, introduces audiences to a true original with her own inspiring story to tell.

Australia 2017 (75 minutes)

Introduced by filmmaker Christopher Coppola

Ordinary Love

The beginning and end of a love affair are common fodder for movies. But what about the middle ground when you’re still perceptively in love? The fireworks may have calmed yet you can’t imagine life without your mate. This is the terrain covered in “Ordinary Love.” Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville turn in remarkably nuanced performances as a long married couple whose placid existence is threatened with the wife’s breast cancer diagnosis. Both uplifting and painful to watch while never sliding into melodrama, “Ordinary Love” forces a viewer to reflect on his or her own relationships and on mortality.

UK 2019 (92 minutes)

Around the Sun

This is a captivating, rather intriguing movie. Maggie (Cara Theobold) and Bernard (Gethin Anthony) make a charming couple as they wander through an abandoned chateau which Bernard is visiting as a location scout for a film shoot. Maggie as a real estate agent offers him a guided tour of the castle, famous because scientist Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle wrote his book there. As we listen to their banter, director Oliver Krimpas and screenwriter Jonathan Kiefer spin us around the sun while we try to unravel the secrets unfolding, cosmic truths and nerdy conversation. We are given clues through sci -fi plot developments, but still wonder whose story this is? Is it their love story or about characters in the book?

UK 2019 (79 minutes)

Guest: Screenwriter Jonathan Kiefer

Kiefer will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. His short films have played at festivals throughout the US. A long-time San Franciscan he is the inaugural editorial director of the film-streaming service Fandor.

Flatland

Imagine if Thelma and Louise were chased by authorities while riding on horseback through a deserted rural region so flat that, as one of the pursued puts it, “you can see your future rolling in.” Now you have an inkling of this wild genre mashup—part contemporary Western, part soap opera and all engrossing. A petrified bride whose wedding climaxes in murder and her extremely pregnant friend are the ones being chased. Hot on their trail is a cynical detective named Beauty whose ex-lover is framed for the murder. Noted South African director Jenna Bass views the Western through a female prism.

South Africa 2019 (117 minutes)