Revisit festival favorites with 'Best of SIFF'
Offerings at Seattle's independent movie houses this week include "Best of SIFF" screenings of "Any Day Now," "Eden," "Ira Finkelstein's Christmas" and more; a tribute to Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer; and midnight screenings of "Blue Velvet."
Seattle Times movie critic
The Seattle International Film Festival is over for another year, but it's living on for one more week: "The Best of SIFF" screens through Thursday at the Uptown. Among the films featured: the Golden Space Needle winner for best picture, "Any Day Now" (Thursday at 8 p.m.); the locally filmed "Eden" (Wednesday at 8 p.m.), "Fat Kid Rules the World" (Friday at 7 p.m.) and "Ira Finkelstein's Christmas" (Sunday at 2 p.m.); and documentary favorites "Five Star Existence" (Tuesday at 8 p.m.), "Ethel" (Saturday at 2 p.m.), "The Long Ride Home" (Saturday at 11 a.m.), "The Other Dream Team" (Sunday at 4:20 p.m.), and "Welcome to Doe Bay" (Monday at 8 p.m.; screening is a benefit for the families of the victims in the Café Racer tragedy). Additionally, three SIFF films open for a week's run (see reviews): "The Woman in the Fifth" (Uptown), "Extraterrestrial" (Uptown), and "Keyhole" (SIFF Film Center). 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.
Northwest Film Forum this week presents a tribute to "Jan Svankmajer: The Surreal Puppet Poet," beginning Friday with the Czech filmmaker's first feature, "Alice," followed by "Faust" (Saturday), a collection of early short films (Sunday), his first live-action feature "Conspirators of Pleasure" (Monday), the surreal folktale "Little Otik" (Tuesday), "Lunacy" (Wednesday), and his newest film, the unlikely romantic comedy "Surviving Life" (Thursday). And Saturday at 11:30 a.m. brings a family-friendly program: "Stories from Junk Puppet Land," from the Zambini Brothers Puppet Company, followed by a collection of stop-motion animated short films. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
The new Sundance Cinema Seattle (formerly the Metro; currently in the throes of a remodel) presents a Wednesday-night Summer Classics Series, with the 1967 Paul Newman drama "Cool Hand Luke" screening at 1:25 and 7:05 p.m. this Wednesday. 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; for more information, see www.sundancecinemas.com or call 206-633-0059.
Along with the run of "Last Days Here" (see review), the Grand Illusion this week presents a newly restored and uncut 35mm print of Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 tale of a disintegrating marriage, "Possession," starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. It screens Friday through Sunday only; also at the Grand Illusion is the documentary "Children of the Wall," about the aftermath of the Berlin Wall's fall, screening Wednesday only at 7 p.m. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
And finally, midnight movies return to the Egyptian this week with "Blue Velvet," David Lynch's surreal, creepy mystery starring Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Dennis Hopper and former local Kyle MacLachlan. Friday and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org