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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Mary Harron

UK | 103

15 Apr
Sat, Apr 15 at 7:45 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Mary Harron, Producer David Sacks, Screenwriter John C. Walsh


It’s best to depict egomaniacs, even talented ones like Salvador Dalí (Ben Kingsley, gloriously chewing scenery), through the eyes of someone in their orbit but not their headspace. Someone like art-school dropout James (Christopher Briney), a handsome young man working for an NYC gallery in the mid-’70s who is asked to deliver money to Dalí and his wife Gala (an imperious Barbara Sukowa) and is soon swept into their world of parties filled with beautiful people and copious substances. Director Mary Harron is the perfect director for this subject matter, with an unerring eye for period detail and novel ways of looking at real celebrities from various cultural zeitgeists. Newcomer Briney deftly portrays the wide-eyed, game-for-anything James while Kingsley and Sukowa lay bare the roots of an obsessive and dysfunctional marriage between two extraordinary narcissists.

A Tribute to Mary Harron + “Dalíland”

Fri, Apr 14 at 8:30 pm PT at CGV San Francisco
Join us for a special Awards Presentation and conversation with filmmaker Mary Harron. Click here to purchase tickets.

Director Mary Harron

Before she went into filmmaking, Mary Harron wrote for Punk magazine and interviewed the Sex Pistols, the first journalist to do so for an American publication. She later worked as a producer for a PBS series, Edge (1991). Her first feature, I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), debuted at Cannes and was nominated for a Best First Feature Film Independent Spirit Award. Among her other films are American Psycho (2000), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), The Moth Diaries (2011), and the miniseries Alias Grace (2017).


Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere US

Runtime 103

Country UK, USA

Director Mary Harron

Executive Producer Paula Paizes, Hannah Leader, Ben Kingsley, Max Burger, Monique Burger, Chandu Shah, Cindy Saggar, Philip Colbert, Charlotte Colbert, Michael R. Newman, Jon Katz, Munkhtulga Od, Marc Iserlis

Producer Edward R. Pressman, David O. Sacks, Daniel Brunt, Chris Curling, Sam Pressman

Writer John C. Walsh

Editor Alex Mackie

Cinematographer Marcel Zyskind

Music Edmund Butt

Cast Ben Kingsley, Barbara Sukowa, Christopher Briney

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.