Jewish film fest ends, 'Indian Cinema' begins
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival concludes this weekend with screenings Saturday and Sunday at the Uptown, ending with "The Boys of Terezin...
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival concludes this weekend with screenings Saturday and Sunday at the Uptown, ending with "The Boys of Terezin." The film is a documentary about four survivors of a Nazi concentration camp who reunited in Seattle, 65 years later, to hear an oratorio inspired by their story; the evening will also include a live concert of excerpts from the music in the film, performed by the Northwest Boychoir. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle. Tickets are $18 ($12 students/seniors), with the first 100 high-school students admitted free if accompanied by a ticket-purchasing adult. For more information or to buy tickets, see www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org or call 206-324-9996.
Lots of special events at SIFF Cinema this week. At the Uptown, the documentary "Indie Game," about independent video-game designers, screens Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., with directors Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky present; tickets are $15. Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" screens Monday at 7 p.m. (and April 1 at 1 p.m.) as part of the National Theater Live series; tickets are $20. The 1985 comedy "Real Genius" gets a one-time screening Tuesday night; "The Big Lebowski," with Jeff "The Dude" Dowd in person, will have a special quote-along screening Wednesday night. "Leonardo Live," a look at the "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Man" exhibit at London's National Gallery, extends its run with screenings Wednesday and Thursday, and the locally made documentary "Inlaws & Outlaws" screens Thursday as a benefit for Washington United for Marriage.
The two-week series "Raj Kapoor and the Golden Age of Indian Cinema" gets under way at the Uptown on Thursday night, with the 1951 epic "Awaara (The Vagabond)" screening in a new 35mm print; the series then moves to the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus, through April 11. Also at the Film Center, the 1989 black comedy "Heathers" gets a one-time screening Friday night. For more information or to buy tickets for any of these SIFF events, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
If you love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens — herd your goats, tie your blue satin sashes and hurry on down to Meydenbauer Center this weekend for "Sing-Along Sound of Music," a screening of the classic Technicolor film complete with song-lyric subtitles, props (wave that edelweiss!) and lots of fun. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Tickets are $22/adults, $18 students/seniors, but get a group together: family passes (up to four people) are $62, groups of more than six are $15 each. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue; see www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006 for tickets.
Along with "Gerhard Richter Painting" this week (see review), Northwest Film Forum presents a three-day run of "Gainsbourg, The Man Who Loved Women," a documentary about the French actor/director/musician Serge Gainsbourg. Friday through Sunday, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for ticket information, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.
The Historic Everett Theatre continues its Thursday-night film noir series with the 1946 thriller "Shock," starring Vincent Price as a psychiatrist treating a woman who thinks she's witnessed a murder. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; tickets are $5 and available through www.everetttheatre.org or by calling the box office at 425-258-6766.
For those who feel like traveling far afield: the Vox Docs Film Festival unspools Friday and Saturday at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts/Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth. Documentaries screening — many of them award winners at other festivals — include "Louder Than a Bomb," "Miss Representation,' "This Way of Life," "Wasteland" and "Buck." A pass for all films plus the opening-night party is $30; individual tickets are $10, with all ticket proceeds going to local nonprofits. For more information on the festival or to buy tickets, see www.icicle.org.
And finally, if "The Hunger Games" didn't give you enough of teens fighting to the death, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is the 2001 Japanese cult film "Battle Royale," in which teens are sent to a remote island to do exactly that. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com. "Battle Royale" also screens Friday at 11 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org