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It's Christmastime for Film Fans

By April 19, 2012

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SFIFF Journey band

A scene from Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's
Journey
, the closing film of the 2012 SF International
Film Festival.
Photo courtesy of SF Film Society.

Starting tonight, film fanatics will have their eyes glued to screens as the San Francisco International Film Festival unveils 175 films during the next two weeks.

The films come from 45 countries. There's a lush portrayal of Marie Antoinette's life at Versailles during the French Revolution (Farewell My Queen), the festival's opening night selection. There's a documentary about an American tycoon and his younger, third wife, who in the recession drop from the 1 percent to the 99 percent and are stuck with their unfinished, 90,000-square-foot mansion modeled after Versailles (The Queen of Versailles). And there are films of all genres in between. Find more info in our guide to the 2012 SFIFF.

Between film showings, get some fresh air at any of several Earth Day festivals this weekend in the Bay Area.

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