The location: Generation X/Y occupied San Francisco. As SF is classified an open city, most residents can wander their neighborhoods without fear of a lack of diversification, great coffee, and even better cinema
I’m puzzled because I just cannot understand why Rams, a film that garnered large acclaim at film festivals around the world is ONLY being released to the Opera Plaza Cinema here in San Francisco this week. I love the Opera Plaza, and in no way mean to diminish a local theatre, but this film has much more reach than the small capacity of those screens.
Coming to theaters this holiday season are a slew of romantic throwbacks to days gone by (and sometimes not-so-flatteringly). However, through the cracks a film is emerging that may not have you thinking, “God, I have to see THIS instead of Anomalisa or Carol or The Danish Girl“. No, instead I propose that the must see film of the holiday season is the tired and true Nazi concentration story we’ve seen time and time again.
Synopsis: Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was new to San Francisco and taking one of my first solo trips to the local movie houses the city had to offer. On this cold, foggy day (remember those?) I was headed to the Lumiere off Polk Street but as usual I got there beyond early so wasn’t allowed in. For what film, I couldn’t tell you. Something tells me it was The White Ribbon but I can’t be sure. Something about Polk Street was intimidating to me at the time.
The coming weeks can be a drag of early Oscar hopefuls (Steve Jobs) and near misses (Black Mass) but I’m taking a break after seeing The Martian at the Presidio Theatre in 3D (headache looming) to get some diverse programming in my system until the weekend.