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On Screen: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Orcas Island Film Festival, Bong Joon-ho retrospective

  • I’ll be heading off to Orcas Island Film Festival for the weekend. Make the trip to Eastsound and soak up some of the year’s finest films; passes are sold out but individual tickets are still on sale. 
  • Closer to home, Seattle Queer Film Festival launches tonight and runs through October 20. The Opening Night gala features Stephen Kijak Sid & Judy, a documentary about Judy Garland as revealed by her third husband Sid Luft. (This could make for an interesting double-feature with Judy, the Renée Zellweger biopic making a go of it in multiplexes.) After the movie, head over to the Rainier Chapter House for a swank party complete with cocktails, snacks, and a dance party with DJ Paco.

    On Oct 13, the festival spotlights Daniel Karslake For The Know Not What They Do, an investigation of a dozen years of conservative Christian efforts to undermine LGBTQ+ rights, as the festival’s Documentary Centerpiece. Later, October 16’s “Narrative Centerpiece” brings Lucio Castro’s End of the Century, which finds a thirtysomething Argentinian poet and a brawny Spaniard crossing paths in Barcelona with chance encounters that culminate in a revelatory one-night stand. While you’re browsing the rest of the lineup, don’t hesitate to to grab a ticket to Closing Night presentation of Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Sunday October 20). The sensuous historical romance won the Queer Palm and the Best Screenplay prizes at the 2019 Cannes and was a highlight of my Labor Day weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. What better opportunity to get an early look at it than with a fantastic crowd and a fancy party?
  • Finally, SIFF has something of a Bong Joon-ho retrospective including family monster movie The Host and post-apocalyptic train terror Snowpiercer this week. This is all a lead-up to their upcoming sneak preview of Parasite (yet another of my Telluride highlights) on October 19. Get your tickets now.