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News, Notes and Observations from the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival

April 27, 2008

Last night, Rose McGowan and Jason Lee were celebrated at the city's W Hotel on Third Street.  Both were the recipients of the annual Midnight Awards.  The Awards, given in memory of Charles Barile, were created to honor those young American actors making "outstanding" contributions to both Hollywood and independent cinema.  Ms. McGowan has been in numerous films, including "Encino Man" with Pauly Shore and "The Doom Generation", directed by independent filmmaker Gregg Araki.  Mr. Lee, currently on television in the comedy series "My Name Is Earl", has appeared in such films as "Chasing Amy", directed by Kevin Smith and "Vanilla Sky", directed by Cameron Crowe.

Also last night: some of those energetic souls in attendance will wonder why "Go Go Tales", the Abel Ferrara comedy-satire about a failing strip club, showed at a rather late hour.  The film, shown in France at Cannes reportedly received howls of disapproval there.  And here in San Francisco just after midnight this morning, several people could be seen leaving the theater prematurely at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas location where the film starring Willem Dafoe as the club's showman and money manager, was playing.  Asia Argento, who has at least two films (Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress" was another) at this year's Festival, turns up in "Go Go" as a stripper who entertains her Rottweiler dog as well as her audience.  The film's print, presumably from France, was subtitled in French and the dialogue was in English.  Or perhaps it was a case of Mr. Ferrara intentionally having subtitles in French for a desired effect of some kind.

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