SIFF SIFF 2007: Weekend Highlights
posted by June 2 at 7:53 AMon
The Stranger’s recommendations for every slot in America’s biggest film festival continue below and at www.thestranger.com/siff.
SATURDAY JUNE 2 (happy birthday, mom!)
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 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.
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.
SUNDAY JUNE 3
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, 9:30 pm. Lindy West has nothing but good things to say about the dark Icelandic film Children.