SIFF SIFF 2008: Day 5 Recommendations
posted by May 26 at 8:30 AMon
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).
And in the late slot, your best bet is Mermaid, a Russian film about wishes that come too true.