Top 5 SIFF Picks for This Week
The 38th annual Seattle International Film Festival is now at day five of the twenty-five day fest. Are you settled in (and scheduled in) yet? Before you just head out to a film all willy-nilly, check the SIFF updates page to see which films are already sold out or are selling fast. Individual tickets for most films cost $11 for the public and $9 for SIFF members. Matinees are a bit cheaper ($8/$7) and those who are more willing to commit can consider all sorts of passes still for sale as well as slightly discounted packs of tickets in bundles of 6 or 20.
So what should you catch over the next few days? You can’t see it all, so let’s hit some of the highlights:
- Liberal Arts Maybe if you go see this latest rom-com from actor/director/writer Josh Radnor, he’ll quit screwing around and just tell you who The Mother is already. (Tuesday 7 p.m. @ Pacific Place; Sunday May 27 6 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown)
- Safety Not Guaranteed is a sci-fi comedy based in Seattle with a cast full of a bunch of people you like: Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Kristen Bell, Jake Johnson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Lynn Shelton, and EVEN Basil Harris. Because it’s an honorary local SIFF film, the Wednesday 7 p.m. screening is already on standby. Show up early and wait in line for a chance to get in on Wednesday, or buy your tickets now and ditch out of work early for Friday’s 4:30 p.m. screening. (Wednesday 7 p.m., Friday 4:30 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown)
- Lola Versus If you’re brave, travel to the Renton opening night gala for the premiere of this indie twenty-something Greta Gerwig romance. Or see it Friday on this side of the pond. (Thursday 7 p.m. @ Everett; Friday 7 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown)
- ShortsFest runs all Memorial Day weekend long. It kicks off Thursday, with the opening night of the mini-fest within a fest. (Various short film blocks at various times, Thursday-Monday @ SIFF Uptown)
- This is a cheat as a collective #5, but it’s also last chance to see some buzzed-about films: How to Survive a Plague, The Do-Deca-Pentathalon, Starry Starry Night, God Bless America, Camilla Dickinson, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, 2 Days in New York, Bad Brains: A Band in D.C., Sleepwalk With Me, Compliance, and Fat Kid Rules the World.