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Sophoan Sorn

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 7:30 am

Six years ago, Lodi’s Sophoan Sorn created the San Joaquin International Film Festival. Now at the Janet Leigh Theatre in Stockton, the festival is bringing  a celebration of cinema from Germany, France and beyond to the Valley. Sorn says the yearly event is a festival for the San Joaquin community and allows locals to see perspectives from around the world. Though he is excited about each film screening at SJIFF, these are a few of Sorn’s top recommendations.

Sorn’s top picks

“Sister” (“L'enfant d'en haut”), Switzerland

Closing night film Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Simon lives with his sister in a housing complex below a luxury ski resort, and provides for the two of them by stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids.

Awards: Switzerland’s 2013 Oscar entry.

Director: Ursula Meier

“Golden Slumbers” (“Le sommeil ’or”) Cambodia/France

Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m.

Of 400 films produced during the Golden Age of Cambodian cinema, only 30 remain now. “Golden Slumbers” resurrects the myths and legends of this lost cinema through survivors’ stories and the search for their remnants in modern Phnom Penh.

Director: Davy Chou.

“Barbara” Germany

Saturday at 8 p.m.

East Germany, 1980. A talented young doctor who applied for an exit visa from the GDR is banished to a small pediatric hospital in the country.

Awards: Germany’s 2013 Oscar entry.

Director: Christian Petzol.

“North Sea Texas” Belgium

Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Pim, an introverted teenage boy living in a small town on the Belgian coast with a feckless mother, falls in love with his male best friend, Gino.

Director: Bavo Defurne.

“Detropia” United States

Monday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

A dreamlike and devastating documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.

Awards: Germany’s 2013 Oscar entry.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

“The Tin Drum” Germany

Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.

Danzig, 1924. Oskar is wise beyond his age. Witnessing the hypocrisy of adulthood and society, he rejects both and, on his third birthday, refuses to grow older.

Awards: 1980 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff

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