A Helpful Guide To SIFF 2010

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With our local leviathan festival set to hit Seattle screens next week, I just wanted to give a round up of my picks for the 2010 edition. Ryan details some films that we’re bringing back this summer and I’ll icnlude a list of other films I know will be returning to Seattle on other screens . I highly suggest seeing films that are unlikely to return, that’s after all what makes going to SIFF so special!

Crab Trap: Treading a fine line between documentary and fiction, Crab Trap is a beautiful meditative look at daily life in a remote village on the Pacific coast of Colombia that explores the nuances of social and racial relations in one of the most isolated areas of the country.

Mundane History: A simple story about the hesitant overtures between a bitter invalid and his new nurse is the prelude to a hallucinogenic meditation about our place in the universe. As impressive and mysterious as life itself.

Beautiful Darling: One of the finest accounts of the Warhol factory, its tragic relationship to its coterie and its profound effect on the lives of its manufactured stars. Rasin and Newton offer us one of the most authentic and personal portraits that factory has known.

Alamar: Unusual film in an unusual location: the Mexican coral reef Banco Chinchorro, where grandfather, father and five-year-old son spend their days fishing for crabs and snappers. In a surging rhythm, Alamar shows that nature does not always form a stark contrast to cultivated humans.

The Inner Life of Glenn Gould: This biopic about legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982) contains a surprising amount of previously unseen footage, such as the short film of Gould in the Caribbean.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo: Working backwards through history, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo explores the mystery of the development of Japan’s love affair with bugs.

Disco and Atomic War: This film tells the story of a strange kind of information war, where a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture.

Double Take: Grimonprez’s movie is a riveting montage (and sometimes collage) of clips from Suspicion, Psycho, North by Northwest, The Birds, Topaz and the Master’s often wildly funny trailers and introductions to his TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Utopia In Four Movements: Academy Award nominated documentarian Sam Green has teamed with sound artist Dave Cerf to create a moving performance—a live documentary—that investigates the meaning and status of idealism in contemporary culture.

Every Day Is A Holiday: An evocative dream-like piece the film follows three women is riding in the same bus through Lebanon for a day’s journey towards the same destination: the men’s prison. A journey of a woman’s body through the desert, El-Horr masterfully choreographs our gaze through a landscape that is both absurd and beautiful.

*** Some films bound to return to Seattle theatres later in the summer and fall include: Soul Kitchen, Air Doll, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Romero’s Survival of the Dead, Cyrus, Centurion, The Concert, Countdown To Zero, Down Terrace, The Extra Man, I Am Love, Nowhere Boy, Ondine, Rejoice And Shout, The Tillman Story, Waiting For Superman, Last Train Home, Get Low, Micmacs, Winter’s Bone, Bride Flight, Henri Georges Cluozot’s Inferno, Howl, I Am Love, I Killed My Mother, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Leaves of Grass, Mao’s Last Dance, Waste Land, The Wildest Dream.

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2 Responses to “A Helpful Guide To SIFF 2010”

  1. Joe Mitacek Says:

    Hey Adam,
    I just wanted to mention that my Seattle-based film “Morning” is having it’s World Premiere June 5th at SIFF. If you’re available, I’d like to invite you to our screening. Details here:

    http://www.siff.net/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=42600&FID=166

    If not, I’d be happy to send you a DVD.

    Thanks,
    Joe Mitacek

  2. Samantha Says:

    This is really helpful for SIFF planning. Thank you, Adam!

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