SIFF SIFF 2007: Wednesday Highlights
posted by June 13 at 10:43 AMon
The Stranger’s recommendation for every slot in the festival continue below and at www.thestranger.com/siff. Does it seem to anyone else as though the quality of the films is flagging in the last stretch?
WEDNESDAY JUNE 13
Pacific Place, 2 pm. Start off with the pleasantly morose doc Out of Time, about old-timey Viennese businesses that have outstayed the interest of their clients. (Except the middle-aged butcher. Everybody loves the butcher, but the cheeky bugger wants to retire to the countryside.)
SIFF Cinema, 4 pm. OK, I recommended it yesterday, but who can resist another still from the wack Indonesian musical Opera Jawa?
SIFF Cinema, 7:30 pm. This one should be good. Anthony Asquith’s A Cottage on Dartmoor is a proto-noir from 1929 concerning a barber, a manicurist, and a love triangle. Introduced by self-styled “czar of noir” Eddie Muller.
The late evening slot is tough. Oh La La! is silly (and should probably have been called Augustin Puts on a Show, so as not to mislead the easily titillated), Vitus is a dumb movie about a precocious child, Several People, Little Time is a (very badly titled) Polish movie about a cranky poet. Then there’s a dubious shorts program. I suppose I’d probably go with How Is Your Fish Today? (Harvard Exit, 9:30 pm), from China.