Top 5 SIFF Picks for This Week
Here we go, friends. We’re easing our way into that final week of SIFF, in which the weary might collapse from having just watched over two week of films, the strongest soldier on, and the slackers among us scramble to fill up on movies before the massive festival sails off into the mist for another year. As usual, before you plot your own personal manic agenda, 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.
This week finds SIFF gathering ’round Badlands for an evening with Sissy Spacek, putting the gay in gala with a screening actual insemination romp Gayby followed by a Lobby Bar soiree. Among the films infusing Seattle’s red carpets with real Hollywood glamor is People Like Us, which sees our generation’s Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) stopping by for a screening at the Egyptians. Other films to consider for your weeknights:
- Moonrise Kingdom Even though Wes Anderson’s latest feature is already playing in more select cities around the country and is opening in Seattle in just a few days, this star-studded story of summer camp runaway love feels like one of the most highly anticipated SIFF screenings of the whole festival. To the chagrin of so many film fans, it’s been on STANDBY status forever. If you don’t already have a ticket, get in line now. (June 5 7:00 p.m. @ Egyptian)
- Italy Love It or Leave It Luca Ragazzi tries to convince his boyfriend (and co-director) Gustav Hoffer, that eviction from their Roman apartment isn’t a perfect excuse to flee the rapidly declining country for the metaphorically sunnier pastures of Berlin. In a series of whimsical postcards, the guys tool around the countryside in a series of candy-colored FIAT 500s looking for hints of something right in all of Italy. With their engaging company, the tour through Italy’s current woes feels almost lighthearted enough that sticking around to resolve the suspense of their decision doesn’t feel too disheartening. Note: this screens with “OVO”, a short film that graphically explores violent xenophobia. Although thematically similar, a jarring tonal mismatch. (June 5 6:00 p.m. @ SIFF Uptown)
- The Woman in the Septic Tank finds filmmakers trying to create the perfect festival film, exploiting trope after trope for audience affection and critical acclaim. An alleged meta-comedic hit in the Phillipines! (June 5 4:00 p.m. @ Pacific Place; June 7 8:30 p.m. @ Harvard Exit)
- Duck Beach to Eternity It’s Mormon Spring Break on a beach in North Carolina. The filmmakers profile a series of “over the hill” 20-to-30-somethings still in search of eternal companions. (June 7 6:00 p.m. @ Harvard Exit; June 9 11:00 a.m. @ Egyptian).
- More chances to glimpse Orcas Island’s most exclusive music festival with Welcome to Doe Bay; sit sidestage with professional Broadway backups in The Standbys; or spend three hours neck deep in technological dependence and societal self-centeredness in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. Make it a technology mini-fest with Five Star Existence, which meditates on balancing technology’s hold, and We Are Legion, which shows what happens when anonymous 4chan fans take to the streets.