If you are trying to see as many movies as humanly possible during this year’s Seattle International Film Festival (and you know who you are) then Memorial Day is the perfect day to run up your film tally. With Memorial Day at hand, SIFF starts screening films at 10 am ("The Healing," Harvard Exit) and doesn’t stop the movie magic until the final screening 12 hours later at 10 pm (“Why Don’t You Play in Hell,” Lincoln Square Cinemas).
In between these two films you have nearly 30 films to choose from to fill the rest of your day. From 3D animation to archival prints of award-winning films, SIFF makes sure your Memorial Day is filled with plenty of films that you can cross off your list as you approach the second half of this 25-day mega-fest with bleary eyes.
But even the superhuman moviegoer can’t see 30 films in one day – so here are a few options you may want to consider as you whittle down your choices.
From the same filmmakers who brought a gambling posse of church-going blackjack players to the big screen with “Holy Rollers,” this newest offering provides just a little more kick. “Fight Church” follows a group of aggressive pastors and their followers into an underground fight club where they throw a few punches and deploy a few choke holds all in the name of Jesus. (12:30 pm, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center)
For Those in Peril
One of the top films so far at this year’s SIFF, “For Those in Peril” focuses on a lone survivor of a horrific fishing expedition. Instead of embracing the survivor with support, friends and family members in this small Scottish village slowly start to turn on him - casting blame and shunning his presence. Can the survivor of this fishing accident survive what's back on shore? (1 pm, AMC Pacific Place)
Last year, Léa Seydoux was all over the press as one of the stars in the controversial film “Blue is the Warmest Color.” This year she’s back in another film that is creating plenty of buzz. ‘Grand Central” has been described as an intense love triangle set in and around a nuclear power plant. The film was shot at a recently built, billion-dollar power plant in Australia which was quickly decommissioned just after the country voted to ban nuclear power. Nuclear or not, you'll find plenty of power in the performances on screen that has made this film one of the hottest tickets of the fest. (1:30 pm Egyptian Theatre)
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