Weekend Watching: JFI Picks in the Bay Area


Not planning on watching Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice this weekend? The Jewish Film Institute staff has compiled a list of screenings and film events in the Bay Area for March 26-27 that highlight other narratives and perspectives worth your time this weekend.


Dir. Atom Egoyan | with Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau

With help from a fellow Holocaust survivor, a widower who struggles with memory loss embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former Nazi responsible for the deaths of their family members in this taut thriller. JFI Members were recently treated to a sneak preview of this crips film.

Opens March 25 at the Vogue Theater in SF and the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Jean Epstein: A Retrospective

Jean Epstein, more than any other filmmaker in the interwar period, contributed to the complex debates on the nature and influence of cinema in his time. The films in this series represent the full range of his investment in revolutionary forms of cinema, equally employing narrative, documentary, and experimental elements to elaborate his ideas.

At the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.

City of Gold

Dir. Laura Gabbert | with Jonathan Gold

Filmmaker Laura Gabbert follows Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold as he explores the culinary culture of Los Angeles.

Opens March 25 Embarcadero Center Cinema in SF, Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Smith Rafael Film Center in Marin.

Cemetery of Splendour

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

a 2015 Thai drama film that revolves around a spreading epidemic of sleeping sickness where spirits appear to the stricken and hallucination becomes indistinguishable from reality as a metaphor for personal and Thai societal issues

Playing at 4-Star Theatre in SF.