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Sunday, May 25, 2008

SIFF 2008: Recommendations for Day 4

posted by on May 25 at 1:45 AM

Wow, there are lots of equally good alternative schedules today.

You could go to the Egyptain for the Ben Kingsley appearances (Elegy with an onstage Q&A at 2 pm, then the still-great Sexy Beast at 6 pm) and stay for the new Patti Smith doc (Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which is being distributed by Palm Pictures and should return to Seattle in late summer or fall, at 9 pm).

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Or you could start off with the excellent Heavy Metal in Baghdad (technically has distribution, but might not make it back to Seattle, 11 am at SIFF Cinema), then scoot over to Sita Sings the Blues (no distribution, 1:30 pm at the Uptown), The Last Mistress (has distribution, 4 pm at the Uptown), and The Fall (opens next week, 6:30 pm at the Uptown).

I kinda like this option. Head to Pacific Place for Head-On (11 am), which is always worth seeing again, and then catch Fatih Akin’s new film, The Edge of Heaven (has distribution, 1:30 pm). I loved the film and thought its many tonal shifts were beautifully handled, but some critics hold that it’s too busy. You should see it so you can weigh in. From there, tromp up Capitol Hill and see either the experimental architecture film Loos Ornamental—which Jen Graves loved—at Northwest Film Forum (no distribution, 5 pm), or the archival presentation of It Always Rains on Sunday at my favorite SIFF venue, the Harvard Exit (4 pm). Then find dinner and return to the Harvard Exit for the awesome South Korean omnibus film Fantastic Parasuicides (no distribution, 9 pm).

Other movies worth seeing throughout the day include Chris & Don: A Love Story (has distribution, 1:15 pm at Harvard Exit), Up the Yangtze (has distribution, 7:15 pm at Pacific Place), and The 3 Little Pigs (no distribution, 9:45 pm at Pacific Place).

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Patti Smith = Mark Arm

Posted by Just sayin' | May 25, 2008 10:00 AM

SIFF royally fucked up the 11am showing of Head-On at Pacific Place, showing the 98 Greek film of the same title instead then waiting an hour before stopping the film and announcing the mistake. The apologetic SIFF worker handed out free tickets and asked that people keep the snafu to themselves. Whoops. Would have been nice of them to tell us that before we wasted an hour watching a different movie. If we hadn't been in the middle of our row we would have walked out about 10 mins in since the film they did decide to show was awful.

Thanks SIFF!

Posted by commenter | May 25, 2008 3:24 PM


Posted by ouch | May 25, 2008 3:37 PM

Best of what you mentioned:

Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Sita Sings the Blues
Last Mistress
The Fall (some didn't like it, but some loved it)
The Edge of Heaven

so far, a great year

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 26, 2008 12:40 AM

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