May 26 at SIFF: 'Any Day Now,' 'The Invisible War'
Seattle International Film Festival highlights for Saturday, May 26, 2012, include Alan Cumming in a bravura performance in "Any Day Now," and a powerful documentary about rape and the military, "The Invisible War."
Seattle International Film FestivalThrough June 10 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Egyptian, Pacific Place, Harvard Exit, SIFF Film Center, Everett Performing Arts Center (through May 31), Kirkland Performance Center (May 31- June 10). Tickets are $11 for most individual films; various passes and packages are available. Information: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
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Saturday's Seattle International Film Festival highlights:
"Any Day Now": Alan Cumming has never been nominated for an Oscar, but director Travis Fine's powerful, fact-based movie could be the breakthrough role that makes it happen. Cumming is in his element as a late-1970s West Hollywood drag queen who raises an unwanted teenager (Isaac Leyva) with Down syndrome. His lover and partner in child-rearing is a closeted lawyer (the excellent Garret Dillahunt) who comes in handy when their arrangement is challenged in court. Frances Fisher is perfection as a seen-it-all judge who registers the homophobia of the times while suggesting that she really does have the boy's well-being at heart. But it's Cumming, playing a broken man who wants to be the next Bette Midler, who demonstrates the possibilities in a character who is sometimes his own worst enemy. 6 p.m. May 26 at the Harvard Exit; also screening at 2:30 p.m. May 27 at the Harvard Exit. Fine is expected to attend both screenings.
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"The Invisible War": Winner of the audience award for documentaries at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Kirby Dick's latest film is a devastating, powerful examination of rape in the military. Its numbers are shocking (among them: 20 percent of female veterans are sexually assaulted during their service; less than 5 percent of reported offenders are convicted); but this story is told not through statistics but faces and voices. We meet many women — and several men — who hauntingly speak of a double assault: first when they were sexually attacked, and then again when they weren't believed (or were punished for speaking of it), in a culture of victim-blaming. Dick, recently at SIFF with "Twist of Faith" and "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," handles the material with sensitivity and appropriate outrage; these are stories, however painful, that need to be told. 6:30 p.m. May 26 at Pacific Place; also screening 1:30 p.m. May 27 at the Egyptian. Dick is expected to attend both screenings.
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