Top 5 SIFF Picks for This Weekend
It’s about at this point of SIFF that you suddenly remember: Oh yeah, we’re smack in the middle of a film festival. If you haven’t gotten to any films thus far, don’t panic, you still have plenty of time. As usual, before you head out, 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.
While I’m still a little bit scared by the prospect of a Northwest hip-hopera version of The Wiz, let’s look forward to this weekend in SIFFville:
- Keep the Lights On This sensual, deeply personal homo-flexible drama also tackles the issue of crack addiction, paired with director Ira Sachs’ experimental filmmaking flair. (June 1 6:30 p.m., June 2 noon @ Harvard Exit)
- Beasts of the Southern Wild If you missed the packed Egyptian screening of this southern poverty fantasy, 2012′s big Sundance winner, wake up early and see it in Queen Anne. (June 2 noon @ SIFF Uptown)
- Diaz: Don’t Clean This Blood Director Daniele Vicari is so sure you’ll want to discuss this Italian political activist drama after the fact that there is a Talking Pictures panel scheduled for the slot immediately following the June 2 screening. (June 1 6 p.m. and June 2 3 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown; June 5 9 p.m. @ Harvard Exit)
- 6 Points About Emma is a Spanish romance involving a young blind girl just trying to get herself knocked up. Caliente! (June 1 7 p.m. and June 3 1:30 p.m. @ Pacific Place; June 4 6 p.m. @ Kirkland Performance Center)
- Documentaries: This weekend is officially DocsFest, another mini-fest nestled within SIFF so take in a documentary or two: sing along with the Northwest-lovin’ Welcome to Doe Bay; put on your blue facepaint for a look at Broadway understudies in The Standbys; feel empathetic hunger pangs of American working poor in Finding North; view the culture wars through the case study of Texas elementary school history textbooks in The Revisionaries–and if you have three-plus hours to spare, DO NOT MISS the latest from BBC miniseries-maker Adam Curtis, who tackles the symbiotic relationship between modern man’s dependence on technology (the rise of videogames and social networking) and the ever-increasing levels of self-centered self-interestedness at the societal level in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace.