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SFIFF - Trap Street / The One I Love

Join us for a double feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

First we're going to watch a modern Film Noir from China, "Trap Street", followed by a psychological relationship drama with a twist, "The One I Love" (starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass).

We'll meet in line for Trap Street at 6.15pm - showtime is 6.45.  If you only want to join us for the second movie, find us in line at 8.45 for the 9.15 show.

Tickets are available now for both Trap Street and The One I Love.

Trap Street

A slow-building drama set in contemporary China, Trap Streethas a perfect modern-noir protagonist in Li Qiuming (Lu Yulai), a naïve survey engineer who views the world through his gadgets: cell phone, GPS watch, video games. When he's not working his day job, he's got a side gig installing hidden cameras in bars, health spas and other businesses interested in keeping close tabs on customers. Qiuming's happy-go-lucky life — he lives in a bachelor pad with like-minded bros, visiting his old-fashioned parents when he has the time — takes a turn when he spots comely Guan Lifen (He Wenchao) through the lens of his surveyor's equipment. She works in a plain building on a shadowy lane that stymies the map crew by not yielding any data — it's a "trap street," per the lingo

 of Qiumung's mapmaking coworker, who shrugs it off: "Some places just won't register in the system." To Qiumung's delight, Lifen agrees to go out with him, and he's soon so smitten he doesn't realize there's another trap of sorts down that mysterious alley. First-time writer-director Vivian Qu is clearly interested in examining what it's like to be a 21st-century young adult — with access to the Internet and other technological conveniences — within China's surveillance state. Using just a handful of characters and a plot that hinges on a chance encounter and a seemingly tiny blunder, Trap Street unearths a hidden world of government control lurking just under the surface, like a road that doesn't appear on any maps, but exists just the same.

The One I Love

Longtime couple Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are still in love, but a mean streak has started to color all of their interactions and squabbling has replaced sex. Dedicated to salvaging what was once a healthy and loving relationship, the pair start seeing a therapist (Ted Danson) who suggests that they spend a weekend at an idyllic country property with a 100% success rate at mending ailing relationships. Ethan and Sophie eagerly sign up, and the house is even more gorgeous than the marriage counselor described—rolling greenery, a swimming pool, even a small cottage behind the main house. Almost immediately, Ethan and Sophie are more affectionate, flirty and fun than they’ve been in years. Something must be wrong here. Working from Justin Lader’s clear-headed script, first-time director Charlie McDowell’s deft direction navigates twists and turns that would trip up a lesser helmsman. Calling to mind early collaborations between Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, The One I Love is anchored by clever and acrobatic performances by Moss and Duplass.

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