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Sunday, June 8, 2008

SIFF 2008: Day 18 Recommendations

posted by on June 8 at 11:10 AM

I’m a little late this morning—got a bit distracted by Meet the Press. But I would’ve said Mancora (11 am at the Harvard Exit).

Next, Tulia, Texas (1:30 pm at the Harvard Exit) is our first Don’t Miss-designated film of the day. The mass arrest of black people in a small Texas town that this documentary describes is the basis for a new Lionsgate film starring Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton that’s planned for a release later in 2008.

The archival event of the day is the screening of a restored print of a Vanity Fair adaptation entitled Becky Sharp (4 pm at SIFF Cinema), directed by Rouben Mamoulian in the midst of the Great Depression. It was the first film ever to be made with three-strip Technicolor technology.


In the early evening slot, get an early look at the new mumblecore horror-comedy Baghead (6:30 pm at the Egyptian). Directors Jay and Mark Duplass are scheduled to attend; read about the reverse-rollout distribution strategy that’s horrifying the New York Times here.

And finally this evening, check out the one-shot Brazilian marvel Still Orangutans (9 pm at Pacific Place).

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Well, You'll just have to go back down to Cornball below and hang on for the ride.

Posted by daniel bennett kieneker | June 8, 2008 5:36 PM

The first three have a lot of great reviews from people who've seen them.

That said, as a native born Texan, I specifically avoided watching Tulia, Texas, because I don't really want to remember what people from that part are like ... but heard from those who saw it that it was very good.

Becky Sharp - great movie for a revival!

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 9, 2008 12:26 AM

Has anyone been attending the Secret Festival? How has it been so far - don't divulge anything, I'm just curious as to overall quality...

Posted by Brad | June 9, 2008 8:36 AM

Not I - but some of the people who have, said it was better this year than last.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 9, 2008 10:37 AM

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