SIFF SIFF 2007: Monday Highlights
posted by June 11 at 12:06 PMon
Finally! We’re in the final week of SIFF. The Stranger’s recommendations for every slot in the festival continue below and at www.thestranger.com/siff.
Pacific Place, 2 pm. A Parting Shot is pretty damn good—a cool drama with just a trace of the thriller it might have been. More about lead actor Isild Le Besco here. This may be her best performance yet.
You could stay at Pacific Place for the Montreal toughs in The Point (4:30 pm), but SIFF Cinema, 4:30 pm has got something twice as ridiculous and twice as enjoyable: The hysterical lesbian May-September prison piano drama Four Minutes.
Eddie Muller is in town if you want to hear him introduce the mediocre B noir The Big Combo (SIFF Cinema, 7 pm). But you’re better off at Pacific Place, 7 pm for The Paper Will Be Blue, one of only a few Romanian films at SIFF 2007. Meanwhile, Pacific Northwest Ballet AD Peter Boal will wax nostalgic about being tutored by Balanchine at the age of 10, no doubt, in his introduction to the lovely documentary Ballets Russes (Harvard Exit, 6:30 pm). It had a theatrical run in Seattle relatively recently, but if you’ve been following the new directions Boal has been taking PNB, it’s the place to be.
SIFF Cinema, 9:15 pm. The noir melodrama The Damned Don’t Cry is already out on video, but I’m going to go ahead and call it for Joan Crawford and, of course, an introduction from professional raconteur Eddie Muller.
Other good options are Out of Time (Pacific Place, 9:30 pm), the sad little doc about Viennese businesses from another era, and Shotgun Stories (Harvard Exit, 9:30 pm), a multigenerational Arkansas drama produced by David Gordon Green.