SFI Fall Line up Features Local Premieres, Inspiring Documentaries and Classic Cinema

Shot at Burning Man 2012, this documentary helps defy the stereotypes of Burning Man, by following the unlikely adventure of two 60-year-old parents for their first burn.

The Sonoma Film Institute announces its fall slate of screenings, ranging from lively documentaries to international features and rarely shown classic cinema.

The season kicks off with the Winner of the Audience Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival, Taking My Parents to Burning Man (8/22, 24), in which first time filmmaker, 22-year-old Bryant 'Spry Bry' Boesen, follows his family's journey to the annual festival in the Nevada desert.

Agnieszka Holland's landmark 3-part film Burning Bush will be shown over two weekends (9/5,7 and 9/12,14). Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student.

burning-bush.jpg Jan Palach set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Burešová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government.

SFI will also present rare revival screenings of:

Two films by French director, Jacques Demy, Lola, with Anouk Aimee (9/26 & 28) and Bay of Angels with Jeanne Moreau (10/3,5).

Dino Risi's Italian comedy Il Sorpasso (9/19, 21), with two acting giants of European cinema, Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1942 satire To Be or Not To Be (11/7, 9) with Jack Benny and Carole Lombard.

The season also includes:

Agnes Varda: From Here to There (Parts 1-3, 10/10 & 12; Parts 4 & 5, 10/17 & 19), a five-part documentary series that chronicles the indefatigable filmmaker's travels around the world, meeting friends, artists and filmmakers for an expansive view of the global contemporary art scene.

agnes-varda.jpg Manakamana (8/29 & 31), Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's intimate documentary of an isolated Nepalese pilgrimage site and the cable car journey that brings adherents, travelers and many others to the shrine's lofty mountain location.

Several current international features will be shown in their Sonoma County premiere engagements:

Manuscripts Don't Burn (11/14,16) the gripping political thriller by the banned Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof.

The debut feature of Mexican director Claudia Sainte Luce, The Amazing Catfish (11/21, 23).

Jealousy (10/31, 11/2), veteran French director Philippe Garrel's relationship drama of love and betrayal.


Siddharth (10/24, 26)gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son.

All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Admission is $7, $6 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $5 for SFI members and children under 12, and free for SSU students. There is a $5 parking fee on all Sonoma State University lots.

For more information, or to receive a complete schedule of SFI events, visit www.sonoma.edu/sfi or call (707) 664-2606.

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