June 2 at SIFF: Films include 'American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi' and 'Me Too'
Capsule reviews of films playing at Seattle International Film Festival on June 2, 2010.
Seattle International Film FestivalDaily through June 13 at several venues in Seattle, Kirkland and Everett. For complete schedule and ticket information, call 206-324-9996 or go to www.siff.net.
Movies listed without capsule descriptions did not screen in advance for critics.
Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle
4:30 p.m. — "From Beginning to End"
7 p.m. — "I Killed My Mother"
9:30 p.m. — "Gordos"
Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett
5 p.m. — "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child"
7 p.m. — "The Milk of Sorrow"
9:15 p.m. — "Castaway on the Moon"
Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., Seattle
7 p.m. — "The Athlete"
9:15 p.m. — "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo"
Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle
4:30 p.m. — "Dear Lemon Lima": Director Suzi Yoonessi is scheduled to attend the screening.
7 p.m. — "American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi": The title says it all: This scathing documentary presents former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a ruthlessly ambitious power-seeker who plotted her course to the White House from the age of 10, then made a devil's deal once she got there. Unfair and unbalanced? Maybe. But as filmmaker Sebastian Doggart gathers excoriating testimonials from those who've seen Condi's dark side, damning evidence exposes Rice as a tragic figure who betrayed her values in the process of selling her soul. — Jeff Shannon
9:30 p.m. — "Twisted Roots"
Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., fourth floor, Seattle
4 p.m. — "Bilal's Stand": Director Sultan Sharrief and producer Micah Bartlelme are scheduled to attend the screening.
7 p.m. — "Countdown to Zero": Director Lucy Walker is scheduled to attend the screening.
9:30 p.m. — "Waste Land": Lucy Walker's moving documentary, an audience favorite at Sundance, shows us nothing less than lives transformed, unexpectedly, by art. Brazilian photographer Vik Munoz traveled to Rio de Janeiro to enlist a number of "pickers" — the working poor, employed to sift through garbage at the city's vast landfill — to assist in creating large-scale portraits of themselves, using recyclable materials they collected. As the cast-away items, once scorned, become something beautiful, the workers themselves realize their own worth. Walker is scheduled to attend the screening. — M.M.
SIFF Cinema, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle
4 p.m. — "Secrets of the Tribe"
7 p.m. — "Mother Joan of the Angels"
9:30 p.m. — "Night Train"
Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle
7 p.m. — "Me Too": Although Daniel and Nuria make a cute couple, their relationship is complicated in this occasionally compelling Spanish comedy-drama. He has Down syndrome. She's estranged from her family, she can't commit and she keeps Daniel at a distance. "Fall in love with a woman you can get," Daniel is advised. But he can't help himself. The perversely practical finale suggests just how well the actors (Lola Dueñas and Pablo Pineda, who has Down syndrome) have captured the nature of their dilemma. — John Hartl
9:30 p.m. — "Crayfish"
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