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Monday, June 11, 2007

SIFF 2007: Monday Highlights

posted by on June 11 at 12:06 PM

Finally! We’re in the final week of SIFF. The Stranger’s recommendations for every slot in the festival continue below and at

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.

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Shotgun Stories was pretty amazing. It definitely had that david gordon green vibe going on. On the downside, the showing was sparsely attended (it plays again on Weds at 4:30). On the plus side, the writer/director had a great low-key Q&A afterwards. Apparently this one doesn't have distribution yet. I say go see it.

Posted by stinkbug | June 12, 2007 9:56 AM

I second the recommendation for Parting Shot. Unfortunately, there was only one SIFF screening, so here's hoping it returns to Seattle post-fest. Le Besco is great, and so is her young co-star, Steven De Almeida. I'm certain I've seen him before, but I can't place where. The IMDb lists Parting Shot as his only credit, but I know that isn't correct...

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | June 13, 2007 11:12 PM

Whoops, I forgot the "A" in A Parting Shot. Then again, the French titleóPas Douceómeans "not tender," "not gentle," or something like that.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | June 13, 2007 11:23 PM

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