Saturday, May 3, 2008
On the Road to SIFF '08
Filmed in the city of...Vancouver!
A few basic facts:
SIFF '08 runs from 5/22 - 6/15
This is the 34th year of the festival
The opening night film is Battle in Seattle (Stuart Townsend)
The closer is Bottle Shock (Randall Miller)
Press screenings began on 4/28
Master filmmaker and notorious chicken hater
Best films so far:
Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog)
The Saga of Anatahan (Joseph von Sternberg; review to come)
Frozen River (Courtney Hunt; with Melissa Leo in peak form)
The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat; with Asia Argento)
Argento also appears in father Dario's The Mother of Tears, which looks just as lurid as you would expect (and co-stars Suspiria's blue-eyed monster Udo Kier). In addition, Herzog appears in non-SIFF entry Mister Lonely, opening at the NWFF on 5/16.
Best quotes so far:
"We were scolded, of course. Since when has alcoholism
been cured by scolding?" (The Saga of Anatahan)
"I loathe the sun both on the celluloid and on my skin."
(Encounters at the End of the World)
For the sixth time in the past seven years, I wrote several blurbs for the
SIFF program guide and Seattle Times supplement. In his otherwise inform-
ative fest introduction, The Weekly's Brian Miller notes that the Times "guide"
(his quotes) collects "canned and uniformly positive blurbs written by SIFF."
Like we're gonna trash the line-up? Please. I can't imagine a festival any-
where in the world that would diminish their own offerings. What would be
the point? To scare audiences away? That's the job of the critics who cover
the fest-or it's the job of those critics who choose to "trash" films in the
first place (quotes provided by me; I have no interest in trashing anything).
That said, he's right about SIFF's lack of love for the Eastside. Somehow
that escaped my attention. I'm guessing the demand, expense, and/or
inconvenience didn't justify further bookings at Lincoln Square. If you're lo-
cated on the other side of the water, and feeling disenfranchised by the
ommission, I suggest giving the SIFF staffers a (polite) shout. They're
great about taking such considerations into account for future events.
This velvet-voiced smoothie stars in Bottle Shock
Images from Cinema Clock (Battle in Seattle; copyright Rem-
star), Rickman Paradise, and Vice (click for Herzog interview).