Mostly British film fest back in SF with ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’

Are you a big fan of the Hugh Grant-Andie MacDowell romantic charmer “Four Weddings and a Funeral”? If so, RSVP pronto and come out to toast the 25th anniversary of Mike Newell’s film.

The Feb. 16 champagne and cookies reception is part of the Mostly British Film Festival, an annual celebration of films from Britain, Ireland, Australia, India and South Africa. The “Wedding” party pops its cork at 5:30 p.m. at the Laureate Bar and Lounge, 444 Presidio Ave., in San Francisco, and is followed by a 6 p.m. screening of the romantic comedy classic at the Vogue Theatre.

This year’s fest bubbles over with many worthwhile films, including the entertaining documentary “My Generation.” Michael Caine serves as a welcoming narrator and guide through David Batty’s colorful first-person accounts of the rebellious ’60s in England. Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney and Twiggy are a few of the featured celebs recalling that raucous and creative period. It screens 3:45 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Vogue.

The festival opens Feb. 14 with director/co-star Ralph Fiennes’ biopic of Rudolf Nureyev, “The White Crow.” Ukrainian dancer Oleg Ivenko portrays the iconic dancer.

It closes Feb. 21 with two features, “Sir” (5 p.m.), a drama from India about a determined young woman who’s a live-in maid for a wealthy client, and “Peterloo” (7 p.m.), Mike Leigh’s epic, passionate dramatization of the 1819 massacre in when British cavalry attacked a group of protesters.

This year’s program will also bring two talented actresses to the Bay Area. Radha Mitchell is earning bravos for her turn as an opera singer prepping for a comeback in “Celeste” (6 p.m. Feb. 15) as is Maxine Peake for her portrayal of a comedienne confronting sexism in the ‘70s in “Funny Cow” (6:30 p.m. Feb. 20).

Details: Feb. 14-21, most screenings at Vogue Theatre, San Francisco; $12.50-$15 (some events cost more), passes $200-$250; mostlybritish.org

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

      

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