Thursday was the opening night for the beloved San Francisco International Film Festival. The 55th annual event runs for the next 15 days; centered primarily at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and the Castro Theatre. SFIFF is considered a favorite holiday amongst film buffs; featuring 200 films and live events. The festival is a 5-star, upper-tier showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation with the rolling hills of the City by the Bay as the backdrop.
With special press pass in tow, I headed to the Castro Theater for the opening night film, Farewell My Queen; which follows the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the final days of the French Revolution. Set to photograph on the red carpet, I got to the Castro Theater late. So instead of photographing French film director, Benoît Jacquot, all I got to photograph was the actual red carpet. Quite red, isn’t it?
Farewell My Queen, is a French historical costume drama set at Chateau Versailles. Powdered wigs – abound. Knowing the readers of COED – one thing that’s certain is they really enjoy historical costume dramas and lots of powered wigs. It’s powered-wig-tastic!
Say what you will about powdered wig movies – this one starred the stunning Léa Seydoux: from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Midnight in Paris. Plus, the movie lets us see her sans costume, in this costumed drama.
As always, the SFIFF threw a splendid opening night party – held at Terra Gallery. Party-goers got into the spirit by dressing as members of Louis XVI’s court. (Okay, they were paid to do so.) Drinks flowed, food was eaten, and films were discussed. (Did I mention that some drunk woman asked me, without being ironic, if I was the film’s director?)
If you happen to be in San Francisco, come check out SFIFF; April 19-May 3. You have 15 days of pure film bliss ahead of you.