SIFF SIFF 2008: Day 7 Recommendations
posted by May 28 at 9:37 AMon
In the early afternoon slot today, we like both California Dreamin’ (Endless) (SIFF’s requisite Romanian film, 4 pm at SIFF Cinema) and Patti Smith: Dream of Life (4 pm at the Egyptian). I’d tentatively go with the former, since it doesn’t have U.S. distribution, while Patti Smith has been picked up by Palm Pictures (no word on a Seattle date, though). By the way, if you saw Patti Smith Sunday and are curious about Benjamin of the band Smoke, I highly recommend Jem Cohen’s beautiful documentary Benjamin Smoke. Put it in your queue.
In the evening slot, we have seen and recommend both Katyn (7 pm at the Egyptian) and Emmanuel Jal: War Child (7:15 pm at SIFF Cinema). I’m sure Casting a Glance (7 pm at Northwest Film Forum), by landscape filmmaker James Benning (father of the Pixelvision queen Sadie), is worth seeing. And I fell asleep and totally missed Foster Child (7 pm at the Harvard Exit) when it last screened on Saturday, but that looks interesting as well.
After that, I gotta put a plug in for Eat, for This Is My Body (9 pm at NWFF), the wildest experimental film in the festival. It’s about an otherworldly plantation manor in Haiti, populated by an old white lady who represents some sort of Mother-Earth/French-colonial-power hybrid, her strange daughter, and the Haitian servant and students (?) who fill the mansion during the day. In one scene, after the daughter has tutored the hungry kids to say “merci” when they’re given empty bowls, a gigantic iced cake appears and a food fight breaks out. Cream imagery is also involved. And an albino with Haitian features. Ooh, and a candle-lit dance party with old Haitian lady DJs and no dancers. It’s amazing. Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Ploy (9:30 pm at Pacific Place) is also pretty good.