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Thursday, June 12, 2008

SIFF 2008: Day 22 Recomendations

posted by on June 12 at 10:50 AM

Your choices are fairly simple today. See the magnificent The Secret of the Grain (3:30 pm at the Egyptian) in that sweet spot between lunch and dinner. You should be out by 6 pm, when you can either get an early look at Frozen River (7 pm at Pacific Place)—which is probably more suited to this June, weather-wise, than the middle of August, when it’s scheduled to open theatrically in Seattle—or take a break to eat (Marrakesh has couscous, though it’s obviously not Tunisian).

Fairytale of Kathmandu

Next, head to Seattle Center for the fascinating doc Fairytale of Kathmandu (9:30 pm at SIFF Cinema). Unless you plan to see that Saturday morning, in which case the shot-in-Seattle Visioneers (9:30 pm at the Egyptain) or the low-fi sci-fi epic Apollo 54 (9:30 pm at the Harvard Exit) are acceptable substitutes.

Also, Alexander Nevsky accompanied by the Seattle Symphony starts tonight (7:30 pm at Benaroya Hall)—but there are several performances through the weekend. See the Seattle Symphony box office for details.

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WARNING: The Secret of the Grain is really really really long. And mostly about Couscous.

This has been an emergency warning to all SIFF attendees - please remember, don't try to text during the film, or discuss Couscous, or we won't be able to restrain the crowds from pummeling you with their really thick SIFF guides ...

Apollo 54 will have four of the cast/crew at the event - should be fun. But remember, this is more of a 50's style parody ... if you're expecting Best of Youth, you're in the wrong theater. A better SF choice would be Chrysalis at the midnight showing Friday. Or Island of Lost Souls Saturday at Noon.

Frozen River is the fave of a lot of people who have seen it.

Posted by Will in SIFF Early Warning Seattle | June 12, 2008 11:09 AM

"Apollo 54" is a tedious lo-fi-CGI comedy with after-school special pretensions. Really skippable.

"The Secret of the Grain" should not be watched on an empty stomach. But it's a very good film.

Posted by MvB | June 12, 2008 1:09 PM

I walked out on Secret of the Grain today. Shouting and small talk does not a good movie make.

Posted by SeattleBrad | June 12, 2008 5:11 PM


You're lucky you got out when you did. Depending on when you left, the film probably had about another 2000 or so minutes of run time, 95% of which were composed of either; A. sweaty belly dancing, or B. the main character running around after his stolen moped. What a ridiculous load of pretentious rubbish.

Posted by rbnorton | June 15, 2008 6:06 PM

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