The 18th annual festival took place over four days at the Castro Theatre, featuring 17 programs with films from nine countries, including Bali, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and the USSR. The 2013 SFSFF Award was presented to Cinémathèque Française.
SFSFF 2013 opened with the timeless Louise Brooks in Prix de Beauté and closed out with that most famous of timepieces in Safety Last! In between featured a German workers rebellion, an Ozu chorus, Marion Davies in hilarious form, rare footage from Bali in the 1930s, Douglas Fairbanks at the height of his fame and so much more!
SFSFF 2013 marked the SFSFF debuts of Guenter Buchwald, Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Clubfoot Orchestra, and welcomed back festival favorites Stephen Horne, Matti Bye Ensemble, and Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
New SFSFF Restorations
SFSFF’s preservation department premiered two brand new 35mm restorations at SFSFF 2013. The Doglas Fairbanks starring The Half-Breed was restored in collaboration with Cinémathèque Française and the Film Preservation Society. The restoration of The Last Edition – set at the San Francisco Chronicle! – was undertaken in collaboration with EYE Filmmuseum.