News, Notes and Observations from the 51st San Francisco
International Film Festival
April 27, 2008
Last night, Rose McGowan and Jason Lee were celebrated at the city's W
Hotel on Third Street. Both were the recipients of the annual Midnight
Awards. The Awards, given in memory of Charles Barile, were created to
honor those young American actors making "outstanding" contributions to both
Hollywood and independent cinema. Ms. McGowan has been in numerous films,
including "Encino Man" with Pauly Shore and "The Doom Generation", directed by
independent filmmaker Gregg Araki. Mr. Lee, currently on television in the
comedy series "My Name Is Earl", has appeared in such films as "Chasing Amy",
directed by Kevin Smith and "Vanilla Sky", directed by Cameron Crowe.
Also last night: some of those energetic souls in attendance will wonder why "Go
Go Tales", the Abel Ferrara comedy-satire about a failing strip club, showed at
a rather late hour. The film, shown in France at Cannes reportedly
received howls of disapproval there. And here in San Francisco just after
midnight this morning, several people could be seen leaving the theater
prematurely at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas location where the film starring
Willem Dafoe as the club's showman and money manager, was playing. Asia
Argento, who has at least two films (Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress"
was another) at this year's Festival, turns up in "Go Go" as a stripper who
entertains her Rottweiler dog as well as her audience. The film's print,
presumably from France, was subtitled in French and the dialogue was in English.
Or perhaps it was a case of Mr. Ferrara intentionally having subtitles in French
for a desired effect of some kind.
San Francisco International Film Festival