Does anybody know if any of these films are good? They're on the schedule at the Seattle International Film Festival. The ones I'm most planning to see are in bold. I don't have talkbacks here yet but if you email me comments I'll add them to this page. The director is listed after each title.
A fascist media regime keeps the population silent. (Apparently an actual silent film.)
Life in Loops (a Megacities RMX)
Abstract images of New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Bombay, and Mexico City.
(Miguel Faria Jr)
Biography of Vinicius de Moraes, the father of bossa nova and the writer of "The Girl from Ipanema".
A Belgian inventor goes to Quebec to find his real parents, runs into a woman with a weird hybrid car.
Photographer Edward Burtynsky takes stills of Asia's industrial landscape.
40 teenagers in a multiethnic inner-city neighborhood of Montreal collaborate on a gritty drama of their lives.
The Yacoubian Building
A once-elegant, now shabby Cairo high-rise is the backdrop for an exploration of socially taboo subjects.
A cabbie moves to the suburbs to begin a new life, but his neighbors bring new problems.
Journey Home: a Story from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
Two American sisters return to Hungary to learn what their father did during the Hungarian revolution of 1956.
A woman fights for custody of her daughters, her son battles bullies at school, and his hoodlum father suddenly wants to patch things up.
An seamstress abandoned by her husband meets a mechanic.
Two feuding families (the Jamalvandis and the Kamalvandis) try to reconcile through marriage, but the bride and groom don't hit it off and instead set up rival bus companies.
A Dublin street musician and a Czech immigrant try to record an album.
Small Engine Repair
A downtrodden Irish dreamer tries to make it as a country singer.
The Missing Star
An Italian machinist with a young female guide travels through China's new industrial landscape.
A prison social worker discovers one of the prisoners is his father, who abandoned him.
A chic Israeli boy falls in love with a Palestinian boy.
Anime about a doctor who can get into her patient's dreams. Only she and her dream avatar Paprika can save Tokyo from an apocolyptic dissolution of dreams and reality.
A boxing school owner and his sensitive troubled son.
The Bothersome Man
An Orwellian story about a man granted a new life where everything runs efficiently and painlessly. He longs for something forbidden.
An ex-army sniper talks to his wisecracking unit buddies about a crippling encounter.
A recent high-school grad tries hard to find a job, drinks with his buddies, and courts a chick.
It Doesn't Hurt
Three young entrepreners renovate St Petersburg apartments, and meet a girl who introduces them to rich clientele and has a secret she's reluctant to share.
A young man with a rare brain condition that makes him easily disoriented, moves to the city.
Five twentysomething buddies try to find their place in the world.
Lionel and his sister discover their family may be Polish and travel east.
(Fredi M Murer)
A 12yo boy is tired of taking piano lessons and rebels. But what if piano playing is his true nature?
This is England
A skinhead gang in Britian in 1983. Based on director Shane Meadows' own life.
An art student dumped by his girlfriend develops insomnia and the ability to stop time, meets oddball characters while working late-night at the supermarket.
In the Shadow of the Moon
Documentary about the Apollo missions.
Joe Strummer: the Future is Unwritten
Documentary about the frontman of The Clash.
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
Philosopher/psychoanalyst/film buff Slavoj Zizek deconstructs movie clips from "Vertigo" to "The Matrix".
Son of Rambow
Two boys see "Rambo: First Blood" and decide to film a prequel.
(Adam Ravtech and Sarah Robertson)
A walrus and a polar bear grow up. From the producers of "March of the Penguins".
Long-distance truckers talk about their lives.
A South Boston kid tries to save his disintegrating family.
The Devil Came on Horseback
An ex-Marine captain takes photos of the Darfur genocide, tries to get the US government to do something about it.
Documentary about the 2004 Ukranian elections.
Riley comes out to his three brothers, one of whom is a priest, another married but porn-surfing, and the third closeted.
A Seattle call-center operator goes to India to train his replacement when his department is outsourced. Watch out for that girl.
A stutterer tries to make it on the high-school debate team.
Why does this title sound so familiar? An aging screenwriter's fictional universe begins to invade his reality.
(Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine)
Amidst the Uganda civil war, children in a refugee camp practice their piece for a national music festical.
Sluggo is Mike Orr, a helluva friendly guy in Seattle. Email me if you have feedback.