Now Playing in San Francisco: Films to Start the New Year!

Filmbalaya wholeheartedly wishes you a happy new year. No matter what you offered to give up in your New Years’ Resolution, the people at the movie theatre won’t betray your conscience. To keep your potentially rainy month dry, we’ll tell you what good (or, failing that, perhaps worthwhile) movies to see to fill up many of your days.  Fortunately for us all, there are plenty of films to watch, including some that you may have missed in the past couple of months.

See the list after the jump!

January 1st
Le Havre

Charming film by Aki Kaurismäki, about which I said: “Kaurismäki is a singularly unique filmmaker. He is a master of tone, and the tone in “Le Havre” is so complicated and beautiful, and adds further to the excellence of the film.”
Playing at the Opera Plaza Theatre

January 2nd

Drive is a meditative action film, starring Ryan Gosling, and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It centers around a seemingly stoic stunt driver in Hollywood who falls into the darker realms of LA. Dubbed an urban fairy tale by some, it is a film well worth seeing.
Playing at the Lumiere Theatre

January 3rd

Regardless of your personal opinion of Lars von Trier and his body of work, his films are all unique and have something new to offer. This new film centers around an investigation of depression, starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Playing at the Lumiere Theatre

January 6th
Week End

New 35mm film print of Jean-Luc Godard‘s French New Wave (novelle vague) classic!
Castro Theatre

January 7th
The Conquest

A political drama about the rise of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, showing the effects it had on his life and marriage as well.
Opening in San Francisco on January 6th at Theatre To Be Determined

January 8th
King of Devil’s Island

“‘King of Devil’s Island’ depicts the fact-based story of reform-school boys battling subjugation on a small island off Norway’s coast.”
Opens on Friday, January 6th at San Francisco Film Society Theatre

January 13th

Roman Polanski’s dark comedy (based on the play “The God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza), concerning two pairs of parents meeting to discuss how to deal with the fact that one of their children hurt the other, and inevitably descending into a destructive sortie.
Opening in San Francisco on January 13th at the Embarcadero Theatre.

January 14th
German Gems Festival

Come see the third and sadly final edition of San Francisco’s German Gems film festival.
Castro Theatre

..and, finish your night with the midnight showing of…

The Room

Picking up the Red Vic’s tradition, the Clay is showing the great San Francisco epic of relationships, emotion, and betrayal.
Showing at the Clay Theatre at Midnight on January 14th

January 15th

“…a lavish, candy-colored musical set in Cold War Russia, circa 1955. It tells the story of a Communist Party youth, Mels (named after Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin), whose life is changed when he encounters Moscow’s vibrant underground with its American influenced jazz scene and non-conformist kids-Hipsters-who inhabit it.”
Opening in San Francisco on January 13th (Theatre TBD)

January 18th and 19th
2x the Samurai Double Features!

Kobayashi and Kurosawa‘s great classics should speak for themselves.
Harakiri and Yojimbo on January 18th
Sanjuro and Seven Samurai on January 19th
SFFS theatre

January 20th
Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

“The Sacred Star of Milos continues the powerhouse manga/anime narrative allegorizing the industrial revolution in Europe.”
Opens January 20th at SFFS

But also keep an eye out for:

January 20th – January 29th
Noir City X

The Castro Theater’s annual festival celebrating the great American style of Film Noir. Many great films will be featured, such as “Laura” on January 22nd, and the All-Day Dashiell Hammett Marathon on January 29th.
Castro Theatre

For more information on programming and tickets, check their website at .

January 27th
Sleeping Beauty

The new film by Catherine Breillat, well known for her depictions of female eroticism. It is “…a kinky and elegantly filmed portrait of a pretty college student named Lucy who takes a very strange job.”
Opens January 27th at SFFS

Well, that should fill up quite a bit of your film desires for the month! Enjoy.


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Categories: Features, Monthly Movies

2 Comments on “Now Playing in San Francisco: Films to Start the New Year!”

  1. Adam Cuttler
    January 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Samurais, samurais, samurais, and…. wait for it…. samurais! Kurosawa, here I come

  2. ani
    January 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Where oh where did you find that cooool HIPSTER foto???

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