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Sunday, June 10, 2007

SIFF 2007: Sunday Highlights

posted by on June 10 at 10:21 AM

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


SIFF Cinema, 11 am. There were some questions raised in the comments earlier about whether the opening sequence of Sharkwater, in which director/subject Rob Stewart embraces a shark, posed a danger to the shark. The answer, according to Rob Stewart, is sort of. 1) Apparently (don’t try this at home), sharks get really wonked out if you tickle them in their magnetically sensitive regions. This is how the hug was instigated. 2) Not all sharks need to keep swimming in order to move new oxygen over their gills. 3) The huggee was one of the sharks that needs to keep swimming in order to move oxygen over its gills. But 4) the amount of time the huggee was hugged was not sufficient to starve the shark of oxygen. I hope that clears up some confusion. Sharkwater has mediocre elements (the narration could be less repetitive), but it’s riveting.

Pacific Place, 1:30 pm. The bleak, hyperrealist drama The Paper Will Be Blue is an excellent example of the new breed of Romanian cinema. Don’t miss.

Harvard Exit, 4 pm. Commemorate Charles Nelson Reilly (RIP) with The Life of Reilly, a documentary of his recent one-man show about a troubled childhood.

Neptune, 7:30 pm. The locally produced film Made in China takes a look at the children of white missionaries raised in China. Christopher Frizzelle says it’s fascinating.

The night screening is ideal for people who don’t currently hold tickets. Who wants to see anything at 9 pm on a Sunday night? Unfortunately, nothing all that exciting is going on.

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Made in China is actually atarting at 7:30.

Posted by Sammie | June 10, 2007 12:11 PM

Oops, thanks.

Posted by annie | June 10, 2007 12:24 PM

You totally missed two excellent screenings of Mushishi and TEKKONKREET.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2007 10:50 AM


Posted by Bill | June 12, 2007 3:47 PM

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