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Monday, May 26, 2008

SIFF 2008: Day 5 Recommendations

posted by on May 26 at 8:30 AM

Out of two excellent movies in the morning slot, I’m going to steer you toward Fantastic Parasuicides (11 am at Harvard Exit), unless you saw it yesterday. In that case, Boy A (11 am at the Egyptian)—not to be confused with the shitty Dream Boy—is also a good bet, though it’ll open in Seattle later this summer. (We didn’t get a chance to see Terra or Nocturna though. Anybody have an opinion on those?)

In the following slot, Stranger critics weren’t fond of any of the films without distribution. Take a break or get a sneak peek at Heartbeat Detector (1 pm at Pacific Place), which should land back in Seattle theaters eventually.

Of course, there’s an array of riches in the next slot: Lynn Shelton’s My Effortless Brilliance (starring former Stranger film editor Sean Nelson, it’s Old Joy without the painful Portland earnestness—4 pm at the Egyptian), Up the Yangtze (a doc about cultural change and civil engineering in China—4 pm at Pacific Place), Jia Zhang-ke’s Still Life (also about the Three Gorges Dam project, but a narrative film—4:15 pm at the Uptown), and Dust (a mildly experimental doc about, um, dust—5 pm at NWFF).

Next, you can check out this year’s Fly Filmmaking Challenge (6:30 pm at the Egyptian) or the guaranteed-solid Sita Sings the Blues (6:45 pm at Uptown).

And in the late slot, your best bet is Mermaid, a Russian film about wishes that come too true.

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I made the mistake of going to "Movie..". Wow...way worse than Dust

Posted by je | May 26, 2008 10:25 AM

Sita Sings The Blues and Mermaid were fantastic!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 27, 2008 11:16 AM

Holy crap! 'Boy A' was the best of the fest so far for me. I heard it might get a short local release. If you effed up and missed it at SIFF, don't make that mistake again!

Posted by rbnorton | May 28, 2008 12:50 PM

You're correct @3. Annie mentions this in a subsequent post, but it opens at the Varsity on 8/8. I missed every screening, and have heard nothing but praise. Plus, it's got Peter Mullan. Anyone who likes Mullan/Boy A should give Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe a look; in it, he gives one of the best performances I've ever seen.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | May 30, 2008 8:08 PM

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