SIFF SIFF 2008: Day 20 Recommendations
posted by June 10 at 10:43 AMon
If you’re available in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday—and don’t want to see the terrible movies Theater of War or Fields of Fuel, or the perfectly decent movie Postcards from Leningrad—then you should see The Secret of the Grain on Thursday. But remember, it’s a don’t, don’t, don’t miss! If you’re not available Thursday, I say start at the Egyptian today for Abdellatif Kechiche’s Games of Love & Chance (3:30 pm, has distribution and has played in Seattle before) and stay for his new masterpiece, The Secret of the Grain (which has distribution, but won’t open for a while and probably won’t remain in Seattle very long, 6 pm at the Egyptian).
If you’ve already seen Games of Love & Chance and can wait till Thursday for Grain, I recommend starting with the sloooow and indifferently photographed and mildly pretentious (but only if you can read the French at the end!) Combalimon (4:30 pm at the Harvard Exit). It’s about an old farmer from the Cantal, without wife (well, there was a wife, from the Camaroon, but she left him) or children, who must decide what to do with his farm after he retires. It’s pretty great, if you like movies about cows.
Next, head to the Moore for an extraordinary screening of the 1914 feature In the Land of the Headhunters (7 pm at the Moore), by Seattle photographer and ethnographer Edward S. Curtis. The film, which premiered simultaneously at the Moore and a NYC theater, used an all-Native cast from British Columbia’s Kwakiutl tribe (now known as the Kwakwaka’wakw). This screening will be accompanied by descendents of the original cast. For more, see the project’s webpage and David Jeffers at SIFFblog.
Whichever route you start out on, enjoy a nice bedtime story with the cannibalism documentary Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (9:30 pm at SIFF Cinema).
For complete guide, recommendations, and discussion, see thestranger.com/siff.