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Top picks from San Francisco Cinematheque's third 'Crossroads' festival

Remote viewing: still from Laida Lertxundi's Llora Cuando Te Pase/Cry When It Happens (2010)

Ben Russell foregoes his "Trypps" film-series tag for River Rites (2011), but the concept of a single-roll invocation of ritual and trance remains. Curving cultural anthropology into the experience of time, Russell generates ontological fireworks and in situ reflection on filming other people. Ben Rivers builds on the fictive anthropology mode last seen in I Know Where I'm Going (2009) for his ambitious Slow Action (2010). His camera picks over "the ruins of ruins" of four island sites elaborated by voiceover narration (written by novelist and critic Mark von Schlegell) rich in invented ethnographic detail and philosophical speculation as to the true nature of utopia. The two Bens have collaborated on the forthcoming A Spell to Ward off Darkness, a film shot in Norway starring the musician Rob Lowe. Fingers crossed it's ready for the next "Crossroads." *


Fri/18-Sun/20, $10 (festival pass, $50)

Victoria Theatre

2961 16th St., SF


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