Mostly British Film Festival in SF this February

The Mostly British Film Festival is around the corner and promises to bring delightful stories to San Francisco. Twenty-five new and classic movies are scheduled from the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa. Some of the films premiered at prominent festivals, and others have already won awards. 

In what feels like a post-pandemic, the Vogue Theater on Sacramento Street will open its doors from February 9 through February 16, 2023, to a film festival where one way or another, the United Kingdom has a presence.

The festival will open with EMILY, based on the life of Emily Bronte, and it will close with ALL THAT BREATHES, about a bird hospital in New Delhi managed by brothers. This film is shortlisted for a 2023 Oscar for best documentary feature. 

One of the highlights this year is an evening with the “Great Dames…When They Were Young,” honoring actresses Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Maggie Smith and presenting a program of selected early-career films featuring the stars. 

Other films to be shown:

  • A Night of Knowing 
  • Aftersun
  • All That Breaths
  • Carmen
  • Quant
  • God’s Creatures 
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Rogue Agent
  • Rosi and Frank  
  • The Lost King
  • Seamus Heany and the Music of what Happens
  • Dúthchas

Carmen, one of the films, tells the story of a woman in Malta whose life goes from dull to fascinating—directed by Valerie Buhagiar and features Natascha McElhone (The Crown) as Carmen. The film is charming, and I wish something more happened between Carmen and the man she met during her escapades, played by Steven Love, an actor from British Columbia, but, oh-well.

-Lupita Franco Peimbert 

For tickets and other information, please go to: https://mostlybritish.org/

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