Stay Awake by Chrissy Metz to open the San Francisco Film Festival – The Hollywood Reporter


To stay awakefeaturing It’s us regular Chrissy Metz and directed by Jamie Sisley, will open the San Francisco International Film Festival when it returns to an in-person event next month.

The family drama set in prescription drug addiction, and also starring Fin Argus and Wyatt Oleff, bows in Berlin and will receive a North American premiere at SFFILM. Oleff and Argus play sons who do their best to handle the pressures of teenage life while dealing with their mother’s (Metz) debilitating drug addiction.

Plus, Dakota Johnson star Cha Cha real smooth, which won an audience award at Sundance and landed at Apple, will close the SFFILM festival. Leslie Mann, Evan Assante, Brad Garrett, Raúl Castillo and Odeya Rush also appear in the Cooper Raiff-directed feature.

The festival, which will take place from April 21 to May 1, will give Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh a special tribute which will be presented by fellow actress Sandra Oh. The 2022 edition of SFFILM will screen just over 130 films at theaters including the Castro Theatre, Vogue Theatre, Roxie Theatre, Victoria Theater and BAMPFA in Berkeley.

This includes the world premieres of Debora Souza Silva Black Mothers Love and Resist, a documentary about two mothers of young black men who were victims of police brutality; by Maris Curran brownie; Sophia Silver’s coming-of-age story More less; My Linh Le’s Mud Water; and A young mandirected by Holly Fortier and Larry Day.

“I am thrilled to return to theaters with our audiences to watch wildly imaginative films that rekindle the wonder of cinema,” SFFILM executive director Anne Lai said in a statement.

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