Three Imaginary Girls is wrapping up the 35th Annual Seattle International Film Festival

Having survived the first 22 days of SIFF (there were some near-starvation incidents, but I talked myself into thinking that popcorn and a gigantor soda = food), I find myself nearing the end feeling both sad & relieved. Sad because I’ll miss it, and relieved because while I love it, I’m suffering from a bit of “burning the candle at both ends” syndrome -- and I know I’m not the only one.

So what’s going on the last weekend of SIFF? I combed through the schedule and put together a list of recommendations:

Ron Henry

Ron Henry

Friday, June 12: Sub Pop band No Age will be adding their own soundtrack to two screenings of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Bear at The Triple Door. From the SIFF guide:

As Douce and Bart [the two bears in the movie] sift through the maladies and joys of their precarious existence, so too does No Age’s music filter raw sensation through art-punk chaos. The 7pm screening is all ages, 9:30pm screening is 21+. Get tix online here.

I know this probably sounds trippy and strange -- and I can’t guarantee you it isn’t. What I do know is that everyone I have ever met that has attended a live-music SIFF event always says it was one of the best things they’ve ever seen.

Saturday, June 13: So many films to choose from! By my picks are thus:

The creep-tastic documentary talhotblond, explores obsession through the story of an internet love triangle that ends in murder – even though none of the 3 parties involved ever met in person (sounds fascinating, and I seriously can’t wait to see it.)

And, Il Divo, the story of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti , who may or may not have been tied to the mafia. Frankly, this just looks really f’ing COOL. Check out the trailer:

Sunday, June 14: While there are still plenty of screenings to catch, Sunday is all about the Closing Night Gala.. This year, SIFF screens the French comedy/Bond-spoof OSS 117: Lost in Rio. In addition to what looks to be a great film (the prequel, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, won the SIFF Audience Award in 2006), your ticket also gets you into the party afterwards (including 2 complimentary drinks!) – which is always a total blast.

In short: Whether you’ve been to so many films that the iSIFF app and 35 Club ads are burned into your brain, or whether you haven’t been able to see anything yet -- you’ve still got 3 full days left. GET TO IT.

Waiting for SIFF 2010,
Amie Simon
*Three Imaginary Girls*

In high iPod rotation:
Regina Spektor
Sonic Youth
Camera Obscura

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