Friday, May 30, 2008
SIFF 2008 Favorite: Ben X
Ben X screens at the 34th Annual Seattle International Film Festival tonight, May 30th, 9:30pm, and Sunday June 1, 4pm @ Uptown Cinema.* You can buy tickets here.
This visually engaging film focuses on Ben, a teenager with a severe case of Asperger syndrome. Through interviews with family, psychiatrists and schoolmates, we string together bits and pieces of his story. Unable to express his feelings easily, Ben retreats into a fantasy game world, imagining himself a demon-slaying hero who can win his dream girl and complete his 'endgame'. In addition to being beautifully shot, this film has a strong script and top-notch performances.
*Director Nic Balthazar is scheduled to attend both screenings.