SIFF 2016: Alone (Park Hong-min, 2015)

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The Korean psychological thriller Alone begins with an enticing update on Rear Window. On a rooftop across the street from his apartment, a photographer named Su-min witnesses a woman being attacked by three masked men. He snaps a few shots of the crime but betrays his presence to the perpetrators, who come rushing off the roof and toward his building. Su-min tries to hide but the men soon find him and just as they are about to bash in his head with a hammer, the camera cuts and he wakes up naked in the alleyways that surround his apartment.

At this point–and all the way to its conclusion an interminable 90 minutes later–these labyrinthine alleyways act as purgatory for Su-min. He bumps into his ex-girlfriend and they get into an argument, he finds a childhood facsimile of himself, who brandishes a kitchen knife which he literally uses to kill his father. Each time a scene reaches a traumatic crescendo, Su-min wakes up again, back at the beginning of the alley, before stumbling off into another dream. Or is it memory?

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SIFF 2016: Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (Martin Bell, 2016)

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Not quite sure what the purpose is of this 30-year return to one of the subjects from Streetwise, the essential documentary on homeless youth. Turns out life sucks when you have ten kids, some born from prostitution and raised by the state, and are on methadone. Feels like more of a supplement than its own standalone feature, especially since much of it consists of Erin watching and commenting on moments from Streetwise but hey, if it gets Streetwise back into circulation, I’m for it.

Friday May 27 – Thursday June 2

Featured Film:

The Seattle International Film Festival, Week Two

The second week of SIFF brings new films from Sammo Hung and Sylvia Chang, old films from China and Ernst Lubitsch, documentaries from Werner Herzog, Yo-Yo Ma, Kirsten Johnson and the makers of Streetwise, and Sion Sono being Sion Sono. Check out our Week Two Preview, along with our continuing coverage and a Festival Midpoint episode of The Frances Farmer Show coming early next week.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Central Cinema:

Predator (John McTiernan, 1987) Fri-Sun, Tues
Spaceballs (Mel Brooks, 1987) Fri-Sun, Tues
Dune (David Lynch, 1984) Thurs Only

SIFF Egyptian:

The 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

Century Federal Way:

Saadey CM Saab (Vipin Parashar) Fri-Thurs

AMC Gateway:

Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Grand Cinema:

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley) Fri-Thurs
A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Sing Street (John Carney) Fri-Thurs
Colliding Dreams (Joseph Dorman & Oren Rudavsky) Tues Only
Track 01: Local Music Video Showcase (Various) Weds & Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

High-Rise (Ben Wheatley) Sat, Mon-Thurs
The Case of the Three-Sided Dream (Adam Kahan, 2014) Fri-Thurs
Her Sister’s Secret (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1946) Sun Only 35mm

Landmark Guild 45th:

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs
The 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program
Idhu Namma Aalu (Pandiraj) Fri-Thurs
Brahmotsavam (Srikanth Addala) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs
Sing Street (John Carney) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The Long Voyage Home (John Ford, 1940) Fri Only 35mm
Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016 Sat Only
Destiny (Fritz Lang, 1921) Starts Weds
Raiders! and The Adaptation – Double Feature Thurs Only Directors in Attendance
Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Starts Thurs

AMC Oak Tree:

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review
A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
Sing Street (John Carney) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs
The 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Kaptaan (Mandeep Kumar) Fri-Thurs
This Time (Nuel C. Naval) Fri-Thurs
Sing Street (John Carney) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

The 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

AMC Southcenter:

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos) Fri-Thurs
Sing Street (John Carney) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

The 2016 Seattle International Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

Varsity Theatre:

Pelé: Birth of a Legend (Jeff & Michael Zimbalist) Fri-Thurs