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The Mostly British Film Series

Presented by the San Francisco Neighborhood
Theater Foundation & California Film Institute
Vogue Theater, San Francisco, February 26-March 5
Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, March 2-4

California Film Institute will participate in this inaugural film series, featuring 17 new and classic movies from the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland. The Vogue Theater will open the series on February 27 with Michael Winterbottom's Genova, starring Colin Firth, and close on March 5 with the award-winning new British drama Hunger. The Rafael will screen films on March 2, 3, 4. For the complete schedule at the Vogue, check www.voguesf.com.

The Rafael's offerings in the series:

March 2, 7:00

The first feature by master filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) anticipates the clever puzzle-structure he would employ in Memento. A young man follows strangers at random through the London streets, and one of his subjects turns out to be a burglar who shows him the tricks of his trade. (UK 1999) 70 min.

Age of Consent
March 3, 7:00

The great director Michael Powell's final feature, screened in a stunningly beautiful 35mm restoration, stars James Mason in the charming and sensual story of a painter who travels to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and finds his muse in a teenage girl, portrayed by Helen Mirren in her first screen role. (UK/Australia) 106 min.

The Black Balloon
March 4, 7:00

This award-winning Australian drama starring Toni Collette focuses on the impact of an autistic son on a middle-class Sydney family. Tender and true in its depiction of familial love in the most challenging circumstances, it also stars Rhys Wakefield and Gemma Ward. (Australia 2008) 97 min.

Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Mar 2 2009 - Mar 4 2009