The 40th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) hits full stride this weekend as thousands of Seattle film lovers stream into movie theaters around the city. Not sure how to dive in? Why not start with some of my top picks for the week.
Oscar®-nominated director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist) makes his live-action debut in this effervescent, musical, candy-colored charmer about a mute piano prodigy unlocking his repressed childhood memories.
SIFF and César award-winning director Cédric Klapisch completes his trilogy (2002’s L'Auberge Espagnole, 2005’s Russian Dolls), following soulful everyman writer Xavier to New York City in the hopes of winning back his estranged wife and their two children.
Dior and I (Dior et moi)
J’adore Dior! This elegant glimpse into artistic director Raf Simons’ entry into the House of Christian Dior, and into the creation of his first haute couture collection, sparkles as an homage to the iconic house. Director Frédéric Tcheng in attendance.
Remote Control (Alsin udirdlaga)
Tsogoo, a rural teenage runaway armed with binoculars and a TV remote control sets up camp atop one of Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s many high-rises to get a bird’s eye view of city life and soon becomes infatuated with the female resident of a top-floor apartment.
The Skeleton Twins
Bellingham native Craig Johnson directs “Saturday Night Live” alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in astonishing performances as estranged twins. After cheating death on the same day, Maggie and Milo reunite in their native upstate New York town in this simultaneously humorous and melancholic comedy.
Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la Fourrure)
Vanda begs playwright-director Thomas for an audition, and his acceptance sparks a battle of wits and wiles in this adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 19th century story of pleasure and pain. (All film capsules courtesy of SIFF.)
And the good news is SIFF offers a six pack of tickets for just 60 bucks!