The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, which opens next week. will include features, shorts and documentaries with Jewish content.
Most notably, the festival is presenting the Israeli-French production “The Dune,” a gay-themed 2013 family drama directed by Yossi Aviram and filmed in Israel and Paris. It screens May 6 and 8 at theaters in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Also showing, “Burt’s Buzz,” a 2013 documentary from director Jody Shapiro, tells the story of Ingram “Burt” Berg Shavitz, the mountain man-turned-beekeeper who struck it rich with his beeswax balm. It screens May 3 and 6 in San Francisco.
Another documentary of note is “Supermensch” from actor-director Mike Meyers (“Wayne’s World,” “Austin Powers”). It follows the career of Hollywood manager-to-the-stars Shep Gordon. It screens April 30 and May 2 in San Francisco.
Other Jewish-themed shorts include “Deserted,” a 2013 Israeli film by director Yoav Hornung, about a group of Israeli soldiers lost in the desert; and “All Vows,” an abstract American film from director Bill Morrison that uses archival footage to suggest an uncertain future.
A program of the San Francisco Film Society, the film festival runs April 24-May 8 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. It features 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards and 100 participating filmmaker guests. For more information go to www.sffs.org/festival-home.