San Francisco Film Festival to Host 12 Premieres

A dozen premieres are set for the 58th San Franciso Intl. Film Festival, including North American launches of Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes” and Andrei Konchalovsky’s “The Postman’s White Nights,” which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The festival had already set “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” as the opening film on April 23 and Michael Almereyda’s drama “Experimenter” as the closing night film on May 7.

Organizers unveiled the rest of the slate on Tuesday, including the world premieres of Jason Zeldes’ “Romeo Is Bleeding” and Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Live”; the North American premiere of Albanian-Italian production “Bota”; Henri Fescourt’s silent “Monte Cristo”; and Japanese youth music drama “Wonderful World End.”

U.S. premieres include “54: The Director’s Cut,” which screened in Berlin; Dave McKean’s “Luna,” which screened at Toronto; “Beats of the Antonov,” a  Sudanese-South African co-production documenting the conflict in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains regions; and Jean-Gabriel Periot’s “A German Youth.”

The festival also announced that special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull will make a “state of the cinema” presentation May 3.

The festival had previously announced “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, as its May 2 centerpiece title.

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