21 May SIFF 2012 Festival Preview: European Film Picks, Part Two
4 DAYS IN MAY
Directed by Achim von Borries
Set in 1945 and based off a true story, 4 Days Of May follows the days before the official end of World War II. The Germans have already lost, but as soldiers and civilians both learn how to deal with the change, drama and unconventional decision-making ensue.
May 31st @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 7th @ 9:00pm, Harvard Exit
June 9th @ 4:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
Directed by Joost van Ginkel
Stark and minimal beauty pervades this film from the Netherlands about two deafmute youth who fall in love against their parents’ wishes.
May 31st @ 9:00pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
June 9th @ 2:00pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
June 7th @ 7:00pm, 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 Cohen
Jean Reno stars in this comedy about a high-end chef who has lost his flair and a relative nobody whose mind is bursting with ideas.
June 2nd @ 6:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
THE CROWN JEWELS
Directed by Ella Lemhagen
When a woman sets out to avenge her brother’s murder, she reveals a fantastical, imaginatively shot gothic tale involving mysterious keys, secret hiding places, and the fate of two families who are forever intertwined.
May 28th @ 3:00pm, Harvard Exit
June 2nd @ 8:30pm, Harvard Exit
June 10th @ 4:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
ELIMINATE: ARCHIE COOKSON
Directed by Rob Holder
A dry and sardonically witty British espionage thriller.
May 26th @ 9:00pm, Everett Performing Arts Center
May 28th @ 11:00am, Egyptian Theatre
May 29th @ 9:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
In this unlikely romantic comedy, two strangers – who have just met after a one-night stand – find themselves in close quarters after massive alien spaceships arrive in Madrid.
May 25th @ 9:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 27th @ 2:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 31st @ 8:30pm, Everett Performing Arts Center
Directed by Ivan Cotroneo
In this charming ode to 1970s psychedelia, Peppino is an awkward nine-year-old with family issues. While his mother (Valeria Golino) recovers from a betrayal, Peppino’s super-mod aunt and uncle take him to love-ins and demonstrations.
June 2nd @ 1:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
June 3rd @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
June 8th @ 8:30pm, Kirkland Performance Center
Directed by Babis Makridis
In this absurdist, deadpan comic debut, a professional driver who lives in his car and delivers honey to a narcoleptic man goes through a mid-life crisis when another driver threatens his very specialized profession.
June 5th @ 8:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 6th @ 9:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 9th @ Noon, Harvard Exit
Directed by Dominik Moll
A monk played by Vincent Cassel falls from grace deep into temptation.
June 3rd @ 12:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 5th @ 6:45pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
MY DAD IS BARYSHNIKOV
Directed by Dmitry Povolotski, Mark Drugoi
Set circa 1986, this charming end-of-Soviet-era tale (BILLY ELLIOT meets GOODBYE LENIN!) follows an irrepressible youth enrolled at a strict dance academy, who pretends that his father is the famous dissident dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov.
June 6th @ 6:30pm, Majestic Bay Cinemas
June 7th @ 6:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 9th @ 1:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
NORTH SEA, TEXAS
Directed by Bavo Defurne
Set in 1970s Belgium, Bavo Defurne’s FIPRESCI Award-winning film is a sensitively rendered coming-of-age story about an introverted boy’s developing crush on his hunky next-door neighbor.
May 25th @ 6:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 26th @ 11:00am, Harvard Exit
Driected by Andrea Arnold
A documentary-like thriller/horror, where a woman chases down a spectre she sees on numerous video cameras. The film remains gripping all the way until the end.
June 9th @ 11:00am, Harvard Exit
Directed by Keti Machavariani
Waitress Nana, policeman Niko, and homeless teen Sopo are restless, each dreaming of better futures. When they intersect in a resort town on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, none of their lives will remain the same.
May 28th @ 9:00pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 30th @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 4th @ 8:30pm, Kirkland Performance Center
Directed by Alberto Rodriguez
One of Seville’s best drug units does whatever it takes to bust the cities most notorious drug trafficking ring, sometimes taking less than legal actions, in this highly stylized action film.
June 8th @ 9:15pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 9th @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Runar Runarsson
Retired janitor Hannes is brusque and distant with his wife and grown kids, but is compelled to re-examine his familial relationships following his wife’s stroke in this moving, delicately played drama about love that has grown old.
May 23rd @ 6:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 25th @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 30th @ 6:30pm, Harvard Exit