June 6 at SIFF: 'My Dad Is Baryshnikov,' 'Winter Nomads'
SIFF highlights for Wednesday, June 6: "My Dad Is Baryshnikov" and "Winter Nomads."
Seattle International Film FestivalThrough June 10 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Egyptian, Pacific Place, Harvard Exit, SIFF Film Center, Kirkland Performance Center. 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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"My Dad Is Baryshnikov": "Real men don't dance in their underpants," a ballet teacher tells young Boris Fishkin early on in this charming Billy-Elliot-in-faded-1986-Moscow comedy; you wonder why that's never been on a T-shirt. Boris is a skinny, spider-limbed 14-year-old who isn't exactly a natural dancer, but he's obsessed with watching Mikhail Baryshnikov in "White Nights" (the 1985 dance film that's almost a movie-within-the-movie here) on VHS — and soon gets some attention at the ballet school when he says Baryshnikov is his father. A semi-autobiographical film from writer/director Dmitry Povolotsky, "My Dad" is very likable, with some unexpected twists. 7:30 p.m. at Majestic Bay (standby tickets only); also screening Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m., both at the Egyptian. Povolotsky is scheduled to attend all screenings.
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic
"Winter Nomads": Say the words "Swiss shepherding documentary," and some moviegoers might head for another theater. But "Winter Nomads" couldn't be more engaging or suspenseful as you find yourself asking: What will the sheep do next? What will the donkeys do? And the dogs? And, oh yes, the humans. Veteran shepherd Pascal and his young apprentice, Carole, lead 800 sheep across a semi-urbanized Swiss landscape. Among their obstacles: highways, railroads, suburbs that suddenly sprout up where pasture used to be, farmers who don't want them on their land, town councils who don't want them on their roads. Director Manuel von Stürler and his crew immerse you in the sounds and sights of life on the road. They also elicit warmly crotchety "performances" from sheep, dogs, donkeys and humans alike. 6 p.m. at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown; also screening at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Uptown. Director von Stürler is scheduled to attend both screenings.
Seattle Times arts writer