Top 5 SIFF Picks for This Week
SIFF 2012 is twelve days old now, and there are of course a ton of cinematic offerings. As usual, 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.
Coming up, and recommended, for the duration of the week:
- Charles Bradley: Soul of America The world’s been warming up to vintage R & B sounds in a major way recently, with tons of neo-soul bands coming to the fore in the last couple of years. Charles Bradley isn’t just a revivalist, though. He’s the real deal–a sixty-something, working-class guy who struggled for decades in blue-collar obscurity before being discovered. Anyone who’s heard the man’s James Brown-cum-Bobby Womack voice or saw his moves in action at Bumbershoot last Labor Day, knows this doc can’t help but be amazing. (Tonight 6:30 p.m. and May 30 4 p.m. @ Harvard Exit; June 6 9:15 p.m. @ Pacific Place)
- The Squad (El Paramo) A group of Colombian soldiers prepare to storm a possible guerrilla stronghold, but the massacre–and commensurate mysteries–they discover portend supernatural forces at work. Horror fans, of course, should lap this up, but it’s reputedly as strong on character and atmosphere as it is on visceral shocks. (May 30 9:30 p.m. and June 8 11:59 p.m @ Egyptian, June 10 9:30 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown)
- Keyhole Guy Maddin, cinema experimentalist extraordinaire, swirls together film noir, surrealism, and Homer’s Odyssey for his latest left-of-center treat. Cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke (who also lensed SIFF 2012′s Opening Night feature Your Sister’s Sister) is scheduled to attend both screenings. (May 30 6:30 p.m. and June 1 4:30 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown)
- Golden Slumbers (Le Sommeil d’or) Word is mixed regarding this documentary on the once-thriving and now all-but-lost golden age of Cambodian cinema. But any doc that covers a movie industry entirely outside the radar of the western world is at least worth a look. (May 30 6 p.m. and May 31 3:30 p.m. @ Egyptian)
- The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake reputedly has its cake and eats it, too; meaning it’s an evocative Hong Kong period drama that also doesn’t skimp on the martial arts action. (May 31 9 p.m. @ Egyptian, June 3 8 p.m. @ Kirkland)