Michael Ward on Friday, May 25
SIFF moves into its second weekend with Short Films playing alongside feature-length ones, all weekend long. Throughout Memorial Day weekend, the ShortsFest integrates into SIFF events and festivities, unleashing over 150 short films over the course of four days. The films will be packaged together in feature-length presentations and, like the rest of SIFF, represent bold and innovative ideas from all corners of the globe.
The feature films also continue to give audiences much to laugh, cry, and shake their heads at. A big slate arrives this weekend and below, you'll see what Day 9 has to offer you!
SIFF Opening Night in Shoreline. The spacious theater at Shoreline Community College joins the SIFF festivities with tonight's opening night film, On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, and adapted from Ian McEwan's best-selling book.
Day Nine finds us with 21 feature films and 4 short film programs today.
Here at Should I See It, we will try and see as much as we can, and share coverage from members of the Seattle Film Critics Society linked below. We are trying to make these Daily Journals one stop shopping for your SIFF experiences for 2018!
A FEW CAN'T MISS OPTIONS FOR TODAY:
THE GUILTY | 85 Minutes - A winner of this year's Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, The Guilty tells the story of a emergency dispatcher left largely to his own devices when answering the call of a woman in distress.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST | 90 Minutes - Desiree Akhavan's second feature stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, and Forrest Goodluck as three gay teenagers sent to a gay conversion therapy camp in the 1990s. The film won the 2018 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
ON CHESIL BEACH | 113 Minutes - Though our review expressed some frustrations, On Chesil Beach is a highly anticipated adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling book about a disastrous wedding night and the ripple effect that night on newlyweds Florence and Edward, played by Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle.
Global Frames showcases 6 short films from around the world, focusing on acceptance of self and of other people, modernized communication, and other relevant topics.
Keep it in the Family offers 8 shorts telling stories of family dynamics where charactes face moving on, moving back home, and moving forward.
Who Runs the World? shares 7 films which coalesce around the themes of feminism as viewed around the world. From single mothers under threat of ICE raids, a Swedish dance troupe, and an animated look at a Chinese manicurist, this compendium of films presents seven distinctive looks at women in the world today.
Animation4Adults delivers 9 tales of more mature subject matter, presenting a various mix of animation styles and stories from across the globe.
SUMMER 1993 | 97 Minutes - Our review is below, but Summer 1993 is a powerful story of a 6-year-old girl forced to live with her aunt and uncle, following the death of her mother to the AIDS virus. Autobiographical, though this did not successfully land a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at last year's Oscars, director Carla Simón draws a memorable performance from young actor Laia Artigas.
THE THIRD MURDER | 124 Minutes - On the heels of his winning the Palme d'or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his new film Shoplifters, director Hirokazu Kore-eda unveils his last film, which won six Japan Academy Prizes, including Best Film. Detailing a murder trial where an attorney's client's confession is called into question, The Third Murder is one of the most highly-anticipated films in the SIFF schedule this year.
SHOULD I SEE IT'S SIFF 2018 REVIEWS:
CATWALK: TALES FROM THE CAT SHOW CIRCUIT
DEATH OF A POETESS
FREAKS & GEEKS: THE DOCUMENTARY
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU
ON CHESIL BEACH
PICK OF THE LITTER
THE RUSSIAN FIVE
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
COVERAGE FROM MEMBERS OF THE SEATTLE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY!
WARREN CANTRELL, SCENE STEALERS | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
PAUL CARLSON, ESCAPE INTO FILM | SIFF 2018 CAPSULE REVIEWS
SEAN GILMAN & THE SEATTLE SCREEN SCENE TEAM
BRENT MCKNIGHT, THE LAST THING I SEE | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
MATT OAKES, SILVER SCREEN RIOT | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
MOIRA MACDONALD, BRENT MCKNIGHT & JR KINNARD, THE SEATTLE TIMES
RENE SANCHEZ, CINE SIN FRONTERAS | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
AARON WHITE, FEELIN' FILM | SIFF 2018 CAPSULE REVIEWS | SIFF 2018 PODCASTS
TODAY'S 21 FEATURE FILMS AND 4 SHORT FILM PRESENTATIONS (all images courtesy of the Seattle International Film Festival, or film distributors)