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Saturday, June 7, 2008

SIFF 2008: Day 17 Recommendations

posted by on June 7 at 9:43 AM

It’s the penultimate weekend at SIFF, and boy are my typing fingers tired.

In the morning slot: We haven’t had a chance to review either of them, but the Phillipe Petit doc Man on Wire (11 am at the Egyptian) and and the melancholy Irish drama Garage (11 am at the Uptown) both seem promising.

Next is your last chance to see Be Like Others (1:30 pm at the Egyptian), a fascinating documentary about the contrast between the ways Iran treats its gay and trangendered citizens—and whether that differential treatment might push some young men to make rather hasty decisions. Seriously, don’t miss it—it doesn’t have distribution and may not be back.

Then, we like two more docs: Derek (4:30 pm at the Harvard Exit), about the experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman, and About Water (4:30 pm at Pacific Place).

The evening slot gives you another shot at Otto, or, Up With Dead People, which has to be the best titled film at the festival. And Charles Mudede liked the movie about “four grannies who decide to sell lingerie in a small Swiss town”! It’s called Late Bloomers (6:30 pm at Uptown).

Late Bloomers

Also somewhat unexpected: In the late evening slot, the time-travel movie is actually pretty good: We recommend both Timecrimes (9:30 pm at Pacific Place) and Lars von Trier’s semiautobiographical Erik Nietzsche: The Early Years (9 pm at Uptown).

The midnight movie tonight is Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django (12 am at the Egyptian). It’s okay.

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What's Barbara Bush doing sitting at a bus stop?

Busses are for the little people!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 7, 2008 12:34 PM

Garage was a gem. Pity there were only about 30 people at the Uptown yesterday morning to see it.

Posted by Inish | June 8, 2008 1:02 AM

Sukiyaki Western Django was fun!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 9, 2008 1:06 AM

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