While this year brings the 65th annual SFFILM festival, this longest-running film festival in North America has largely spent the last two years sitting at home. Pandemic restrictions forced the 2020 SFFILM festival to be completely canceled, and the 2021 version was mostly just streamed online, with a few drive-in movie events. But the in-person film festival is back, from April 21 - May 1, and back at the Castro Theatre too.
SFFILM announced its full 2022 schedule of films Wednesday morning, with more than 130 films from 56 different countries. Big stars coming for the festival include Michelle Yeoh, Jenny Slate, and Dakota Johnson. And some of the most notable screenings include Ron Howard’s new documentary about Chef José Andrés We Feed People (April 23, Vogue Theatre), and the late actor Michael K. Williams (The Wire) in his final role on screen, in the suspense thriller 892 (April 27, Castro Theatre).
Your Opening Night Film is the opioid addiction drama Stay Awake (April 21, Castro Theatre) with the film’s star Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) in attendance. Closing Night is the new Dakota Johnson comedy Cha Cha Real Smooth (April 30, Castro Theatre) and Johnson will be there.
Jenny Slate will be in-person for the local premiere of her new animated film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (April 22, Castro Theatre), and Michelle Yeoh comes to town for a conversation with Sandra Oh and a screening of her groundbreaking classic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (April 29, Castro Theatre).
Check out the full slate of more than 130 films, which this year will be playing at the Castro Theatre, Vogue Theater, Roxie Theater, Victoria Theatre, Berkeley Art Museum’s Pacific Film Archive, and Walt Disney Family Museum. Tickets are already available for members, and will go on sale April 1 for non-members.