Yes, it’s true. All good things must come to an end. And so it goes, as the Seattle International Film Festival heads into the final three days of what has become the largest (and longest) film festival in North America.
If you’re thinking that after 22 days, and nearly 400 movies already screened, that film selection at this point might be slim pickings – then you'll want to re-calibrate your mind. The line-up of films for this weekend indicates SIFF has no plans to fade quietly into the night as they wrap up 40 year of putting on this film lover’s fête.
You’ll want to squeeze in as many films that you can this closing weekend – but here are three films that you should definitely consider adding to your list.
Friday: To Fool a Thief
If you like your heist movie sprinkled with a little Hitchcock magic, then you’re in for a real treat with "To Fool a Thief.” This double-cross con game is a wink and a nod to Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” and provides plenty of twists and turns – not to mention a fair amount of laughs along the way. With sophistication and charm, the two scammers in this film first try to outsmart one another before they join forces to capture – or rather abscond – the main prize of a rare, and pricey, bottle of 1845 Malbec de Burdeos. Sit back, enjoy their antics and let the beautiful Argentinian landscape wash over you. (9:45 pm: Egyptian Theatre)
Saturday: The Babadook
Be prepared to be scared. “The Babadook” first screened as a midnight movie during the fest. But fortunately for those who are less inclined to stay up with the owls at night, SIFF is bringing back this fright-fest at a more reasonable hour. This is no slasher, blood-drenched fare. On the contrary, “The Babadook” is a reminder of what a good ol’ fashioned scary film can look like. It’s a slow boil of some really creepy moments that echo back to chillingly classic scenes like the little boy crisscrossing empty hallways on his Big Wheel in “The Shining” and the monsters from within that haunt Tim Robbins in the supernatural thriller “Jacob’s Ladder.” (9:30 pm: SIFF Uptown Cinema)
Sunday: Manuscripts Don’t Burn
This is it - you’re last chance to catch a film at SIFF 2014, so you better make it a good one. “Manuscripts Don’t Burn” certainly fits that bill. This Iranian film is based on a true tale that shines a light on two government assassins who, back in 1995, were instructed to eliminate 21 dissident writers and journalists. Making the story even more harrowing, the director ignored a 20-year ban on filmmaking after he was arrested and sentenced to prison back in 2010. This political thriller just might give you the boost of adrenalin needed to keep you going until SIFF 2015 rolls around. (7:30 pm: Harvard Exit)
For a full line-up of films for this weekend's SIFF finale visit: www.siff.net