500 Days of Summer is the Centerpiece of San Francisco International Film Festival

sfiff52_black As the longest running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival starts later this month (4/23-5/7). This year's attendees will be treated to over 150 films. One of those films will be the West Coast Premier of 500 Days of Summer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Tom (Gordon-Levitt) is an architect by training, a romantic by nature, and a “perfectly adequate” greeting-card writer by trade (“Today you’re a man. Mazel tov on your Bar Mitzvah!”). He meets Summer (Deschanel)—the sexy, quirky dream girl who doesn’t believe in love—when she takes a job in his office. This is Day 1 of their 500 days together, and if the set up sounds predictable, veteran music-video director Marc Webb does much to turn this tale on its head. For starters, Webb tells the story out of linear sequence, with Summer dumping pancakes over Tom, in the first ten minutes. The rest of the film reveals how they got to that point, and its aftermath, each segment beginning with the number of the day the couple is on—a delicious clue as to whether what follows will involve awkward courtship, playful flirtation, shower sex or the breaking of common household objects. With a soundtrack that includes the Smiths, Belle and Sebastian and the Black Lips, there’s a lot to love here: crisp dialogue, drunken karaoke, a bar fight, ironic voiceover, a split-screen fantasy sequence and a dance number set to Hall and Oates that’s nothing short of glorious.  Here's the trailer... [excerpt from SFFS]

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