May 18 2005
This post is about movies! Specifically, the movies that I am going to see during this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. I went downtown & bought my tickets today. The student 5-pack is a deal and I recommend it highly. That and matinees will buy you the world, baby. I recommend the whole festival, actually — as far as I am concerned film festivals are one of the major perks of living in a metropolitan area, and SIFF is one of the best. If you are local and are seeing any of these or would like to see any of these with me, pls email for the times and days that I am going.
Format = title, SIFF website description, link, my comments.
The Aristocrats: USA, 2005, 92 min.
Description: “A family goes into a talent manager’s office…” There is a joke so filthy, gross and politically incorrect that comedians only tell it backstage, not on-stage, and have since the days of vaudeville. Now one hundred superstar comedians, everyone from Chris Rock to Robin Williams, share that dirty, offensive joke with you.
My comments: ROCK. This is in the U-District at midnight this friday. Everyone should come. It will be a gas.
Red Colored Grey Truck: Serbia, 2004, 104 min.
Description: On the first day of civil war in former Yugoslavia, a hapless thief and a flame-haired riot grrrl make an ill-advised break for the border. Belgrade director Srdjan Koljevic’s debut is a consistently unpredictable, decidedly screwball comedy with a hint of real-life darkness waiting in the wings.
My comments: I’ve been on a learning-about-the-Balkans kick lately, and this looks great.
Alone: Germany, 2004, 88 Min
Description: Low self-esteem and substance abuse lead young Maria, librarian by day, into the seamy world of one-night pickups in the local nightclub scene. She starts to date a genuinely nice guy, but quickly backslides into her old ways when he leaves town for a week.
My comments: Ooh la la! Perhaps depressing and possibly bad, but how can one pass up a film about a sad librarian that involves one night stands? not me.
The Lizard: Iran, 2004, 115 Min
Description: Kamal Tabrizi’s irreverent comedy broke box-office records in Tehran before authorities, offended by the affable sacrilege that makes the film so delightful, banned it from theaters. THE LIZARD tells the story of a thief who escapes prison by posing as a cleric and, once out, performs outrageous actions.
My comments: This sounds fabulous.
C’est La Femme
Description: Our diverse collection of new short works by women directors.
My comments: The individual films all sound great. I’m a big fan of shorts, anyway.
The Family Picture Show.
Description: A family-friendly collection of animated and live-action short films.
My comments: The films in this package sound sooooo cute! and it was only 5 bucks. Fans of Pixar shorts should attend.
And that is all. But I could probably be talked into more.
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