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San Franscisco Film Festival Honors Philip Kaufman

Director will receive Founder's trophy on May 7

San Francisco Film Society has selected Philip Kaufman as the recipient of its Founder’s Directing Award.

The kudo will be presented on May 7 as the awards ceremonies for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival at Bombo’s 365 Club.  Ray Dolby has been previously announced as recipient of the George Gund III Award.

The director will also be recognized May 5 at the Castro Theatre with an onstage interview, a selection of clips and a  screening of his “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” which was shot entirely in San Francisco.

Kaufman’s credits include “The Right Stuff,” “Henry & June,” “Quills,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Rising Sun.”

The award was first given in 1986 to Akira Kurosawa. Other winners include Kenneth Branagh, Oliver Stone, Walter Salles, Francis Ford Coppola, Mike Leigh, Spike Lee, Werner Herzog, Taylor Hackford and Milos Forman.

What Maisie Knew” has been announced previously as the opening night film of the festival on April 25 at the Castro Theater and its Centerpiece screening will take place on May 4 with Jacob Kornbluth’s “Inequality For All,” featuring economist Robert Reich.

The festival will close May 9 with Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” the third film in the director’s romantic trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.

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