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Saturday, June 2, 2007

SIFF 2007: Weekend Highlights

posted by on June 2 at 7:53 AM

The Stranger’s recommendations for every slot in America’s biggest film festival continue below and at

SATURDAY JUNE 2 (happy birthday, mom!)

SIFF Cinema, 11 am. Should you take your kids to The Three Musketeers or the penguin surfing movie that will be saturating every screen in the nation starting next Friday? I wonder.

Pacific Place, 1:30 pm. Tsai Ming Liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone is a fascinating, sad, and lovely film by a really, really important filmmaker. It may or may not be returning to Seattle. Do. Not. Miss.

The late afternoon slot should go to Strange Culture (SIFF Cinema at 3:30 pm) if you’re into art and politics; Big Rig (Egyptian at 3:15 pm) if you’re a hipster. Aw, but I’m being mean. Doug Pray’s trucker doc sounds great.

The Sentimental Bloke

SIFF Cinema, 7 pm. Seattle film historian David Jeffers makes the case for the 1919 Aussie silent A Sentimental Bloke over at Siffblog:

The Sentimental Bloke is a rare surviving silent feature from a foreign, English[-language] market. It is considered by many to be the best example of regional Australian film from that period. It is currently unavailable on commercial video, anywhere, and is rarely seen outside of Australia[…] This film will not be screened at the SFSFF (San Francisco Silent Film Festival), so to the best of my knowledge this is the only currently scheduled screening available within a reasonable distance (if you know otherwise, please let me know, I asked!).

The late evening decision is hard. Kurt Cobain About a Son (Neptune, 9:30 pm) makes Aberdeen (and other PNW environs) look beautiful.

Kurt Cobain About a Son

Running on Empty is a strong existential film from Germany about a traveling salesman. And Amy Kate recommends the zombie comedy Fido (Lincoln Square at 9:15 pm).

Neptune, midnight. It’s all about the NZ horror comedy about lambs coming home to roost. Or something. This is the last screening of Black Sheep before it opens in Seattle later this summer.


Harvard Exit, 11 am. Start your Sunday off right with a cool drink of ’70s Catalan: Life on the Edge (original, way cooler title La Vida Abismal). Kathy Fennessy calls the plot “a wisp of a thing,” but identifies a new god in the acting pantheon. He has a mustache.

Solid choices in the early afternoon slot: David Schmader adores For the Bible Tells Me So (Egyptian at 1:30 pm), but I just saw Jessica Yu’s classically inspired experimental doc Protagonist (Lincoln Square at 1 pm), and the ex-ex-gay ex-minister featured therein sure gives all the homos in Bible a run for their money. Also good: Tell No One (Neptune at 1:30 pm).

Lincoln Square, 3:30 pm. It’s back to Bellevue for the Romanian drama Offset.

SIFF Cinema, 7 pm. Who doesn’t love a grisly tale of cannibal fetishists? Grimm Love is based on the story recounted in this Savage Love column from 2003. Ew.

SIFF Cinema, 9:30 pm. Lindy West has nothing but good things to say about the dark Icelandic film Children.

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Life on the Edge is great. Fun, stylish, and sexy. And Chino(the mustache) rocks!

Posted by Anne-Marie | June 2, 2007 8:30 AM

I have something to say. I am horribly sick with a snot-filled, phlegmy cold and cough, and even though I love film more than a lot of things and even though I have called in sick for the past few days, I am NOT going to any of these amazing movies that I will never get a chance to see again. Because that would be really gross for everyone sitting around me. I am upset about this, damnit. DAMN IT. When ELSE will I have free time + weird movies + other people willing to enjoy them with me? Anyway Annie and other film reviewers, I'm living vicariously through you this weekend.

Posted by Katelyn | June 2, 2007 12:09 PM

La Vida Abismal:
I posted a short review and the trailer here:

Posted by Anne-Marie | June 2, 2007 1:15 PM

Tsai Ming-Liang's "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone" - I gotta agree was indeed "unmissable". Easily my favorite thing I've seen in the fest so far. Subtle, humorous, beautifully shot, comtemplative, quiet, but punctuated with great pan-cultural urban environmental-musical outbursts. Amazed.

Posted by Jefferson | June 3, 2007 2:56 PM


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