15 May SIFF 2012 Festival Preview: European Film Picks, Part One
Directed by Karl Markovics
A jailed teenager finds a renewed sense of purpose after parole officer gives him a new job and new responsibilities. A film lauded for its day-to-day quality and appropriately posited scenes and shots, Breathing is less mind-blowing than it is simply a solid tale of what happens when life exerts pressure on an individual.
May 20th @ 8:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 23rd @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Declan Donnellan
A period piece about love, seduction, power, and deception, as a former soldier seduces Paris’ most influential women. Based off a book by Guy de Maupassant and featuring Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, and Uma Thurman, amongst others.”
May 20th @ 9:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 27th @ Noon, SIFF Cinema Uptown
A CHECKOUT GIRL’S BIG ADVENTURES
Directed by Pierre Rambaldi
A comedy and light romantic tale about the ups and downs of being a supermarket check-out girl, full of feminine humor.
May 30th @ 4:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 8th @ 7:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 9th @ 12:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
After his fiancé tells him she can’t marry him, Diego attempts to solve his problems in most unconventional and tragicomic of ways.
May 24th @ 6:00pm, Harvard Exit
May 28th @ 8:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 26th @ 12:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
CRACKS IN THE SHELL
Directed by Christian Schwochow
Reserved drama student Josephine is chosen for a leading theatre role as a destructive temptress. As she attempts to understand the complexities of her character, Josephine herself takes on the character’s qualities, to her own dismay as well as enlightenment.
May 18th @ 9:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 22nd @ 9:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 25th @ 9:30pm, Everett Performing Arts Center
Directed by Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
France’s second-highest grossing film of all time follows the comedic and true story of an unlikely friendship between Philippe, a wealthy, quadriplegic millionaire, and his live-in caretaker Driss, a young Senegalese immigrant from the projects. Certainly a feel-good story.
May 18th @ 6:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 20th @ 4:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
Directed by Emily Atef
Incapable of killing herself, an adolescent girl finds opportunity through an escaped and injured murderer hiding on the family farm. She offers to help him escape if he promises to kill her. As they flee and bond, she begins to have second thoughts.
May 19th @ 6:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 20th @ 3:00pm, Harvard Exit
May 22nd @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Ole Endresen
A bizarre comedy in the vein of The Big Lebowski, disgraced curling champion mounts a comeback to pay for his former coaches medical costs.
May 23rd @ 9:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 30th @ 4:30pm @ SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 26th @ 9:45pm, Egyptian Theatre
Directed by David Trueba
A professor and student find themselves strangely trapped, naked, in the same bathroom, and forge a peculiar bond as a result.
May 20th @ 1:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 22nd @ 6:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 30th @ 9:00pm, Harvard Exit
Directed by Joachim Trier
“Recovering addict Anders searches over 24 hours in Oslo for meaning in old haunts, broken connections, and new possibilities in this beautifully haunting exploration of what it takes to be a living person. A masterpiece.”
May 19th @ 9:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 22nd @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Maïwenn
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes, Polisse tells the story of the French Police’s Child Protective Unit through a sprawling narrative in this character-driven drama.
May 18th @ 9:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 20th @ 2:30pm, Harvard Exit
Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski
A gripping love story centered around the WWII persecution of the Mazurians, an indigenous people in Poland.
May 20th @ 1:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 22nd @ 9:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 25th @ 8:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Mads Matthiesen
Bodybuilder Dennis has an impressive physique that masks his socially awkward nature. When his uncle marries a Thai girl, Dennis tries the same path in his search for love in this unlikely yet charming romantic adventure.
May 18th @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 24th @ 9:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Desire and deception abound in a fascinating connection between a novelist, played by Ethan Hawke, and a mysterious woman, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, whose role in his life he is to decide.
May 18th @ 9:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 21st @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown