SIFF SIFF 2007: Friday Highlights
posted by June 15 at 12:00 PMon
Twenty-one days down, three to go! It seems my capsule review of Cthulhu is drawing consternation from some quarters. To clarify: “recommended” means “worth seeing at SIFF.” Not: “You might as well eviscerate yourself and bleed to death on the dirty sidewalk if you can’t get tickets to this film.” (That’s “Don’t Miss!”, naturally.) Reviewing local films is more political than reviewing theater, I swear. So who saw Cthulhu last night? It’s all gloriously anonymous down in the comments.
The Stranger’s recommendations for every slot in the festival continue below and at www.thestranger.com/siff.
FRIDAY JUNE 15
Pacific Place, 2 pm. We weren’t able to review Iska’s Journey, but the Variety review is encouraging. (And by “encouraging,” I mean, “In her dirt-poor village in the Zsil River valley, Iska works in terrible conditions scavenging metal, coal and anything else of value from the rubble. When she returns home penniless after daring to dicker with a buyer, her resourcefulness is rewarded with a sound beating.”)
Harvard Exit, 4:30 pm. Miss Gulag is a smartly executed doc about a beauty pageant at a brutal Russian prison camp.
“Emerging Master” Rafi Pitts is in town, though I’m not sure if he’ll be introducing his 1997 movie Season Five (Pacific Place, 4:30 pm). He will introduce It’s Winter (Pacific Place at 7 pm), a film with risqué (for an Iranian film) intimations of extramarital shenanigans.
Another interesting option in the 7 pm slot is a work-in-progress peek at Sweet Crude (Neptune, 7 pm), which is being produced by the fine people at Verité Coffee. The film is a doc about oil and volatile politics in the Niger Delta. And if you’ve always wanted to accost Winona Ryder, she’s in town to promote the world premiere of the feminist revenge tale Sex and Death 101 (Egyptian, 6:30 pm), directed by Heathers screenwriter Daniel Waters.
Neptune, 10 pm. It’s already out at Scarecrow, but Confession of Pain, from the directing team responsible for Infernal Affairs, should probably be seen on the big screen. Little Book of Revenge (Pacific Place, 9:30 pm) might be worth a look too. It’s the U.S. premiere of a Quebecois black comedy.
Skip the midnight show and get rested for the penultimate day of the festival.