SIFF Trailers: Week 1

In celebration of opening weekend for The Seattle International Film Festival, taking place in my own backyard, the following are 20 hand-picked trailers (both Do’s and Don’ts) for films scheduled to screen in Week 1. Look for another round for weeks 2 and 3, coming soon. Because we’re nothing if not hunter-gatherers around here.

Click on titles for summaries, showtimes, venues, and tickets.

Angel-A - (France - 5/31, 6/4) Luc Besson’s first film in 6 years, since Joan of Arc story, The Messenger. Starring Jamel Debbouze (Amelie. Remember?). [Trailer]

Crazy Love - (U.S. - 5/30, 6/1) “What movie didn’t get in to Sundance because this horrible, clammy, grim and pathetic tale of co-dependent madness did?” - Cinematical [Trailer] (via Movie-List)

Doubletime - (U.S. - 5/27, 5/28) Two teams of North Carolina teenagers train and prepare for a jump-roping battle royale at the World’s Double-Dutch Championship in Harlem’s Apollo Theater. [Trailer]

eagle1.jpgEagle vs. Shark - (New Zealand - 5/31, 6/1) Costumed comedy. Geek Love. “Mimicking Jared Hess’s penchant for static, center-of-frame compositions and infatuation with weirdo kitsch (both of which were modeled after the work of Wes Anderson)…photocopied Napoleon Dynamite-style gags…so many that the film’s imitativeness becomes out-and-out embarrassing. - Slant [Trailer]

Exiled - (Hong Kong - 5/27, 5/31) “While it is tempting to label it a simple triad-action film [director Jonnie] To has much larger designs than that, filling the film with an unusual grace and beauty, a playful sense of humor, and a concern for his characters…between the Election films and now Exiled one thing is very clear: Johnnie To is simply the most vital, muscular figure in Hong Kong cinema today and he deserves comparison to the all time greats - Twitch [Trailer]

Girls Rock! (U.S. - 5/25, 5/27) - A documentary of Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp For Girls. [Trailer]

The Golden Door - (Italy/France - 5/25, 5/27) “Emanuele Crialese’s beautiful dream of a film, is hardly unfamiliar. Some version of this immigrant’s tale — setting out from the old country, crossing the Atlantic in steerage, arriving at Ellis Island — is part of the family history of millions of Americans. But what makes Mr. Crialese’s telling unusual, apart from the gorgeousness of his wide-screen compositions, is that his emphasis is on departure and transition, rather than arrival.” - A.O Scott, New York Times. Features singer-songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg (also in The Science of Sleep). [Trailer]

I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone - (Malaysia 5/30, 6/2) Master of all things silent and solitary, Tsai Ming-Liang (What Time Is It there?, Vive L’Amour) makes his first dreamscape in his native Malaysia, after 7 previous features. [Trailer]

Knocked Up (U.S. - 5/26) - If you haven’t heard of Hollywood’s current wet-dream slash go-to comedy director, Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin), and his soon-to-be summer 2007 hit, maybe you’re one of those that shows up at the movies after the trailers, or use TiVo liberally to fast forward though commercials. Knocked Up is everywhere, and SIFF gives it to you a week early. (Though if you haven’t secured a ticket for the one showing by now, you can probably continue to ignore it.) (R-rated trailer, via SlashFilm)

La vie en rose - (France/Czech Republic/U.K. - 6/1, 6/2) Musical biopic of Edith Piaf. “Anchored by the sublime performance of Marion Cotillard in the leading role…At 2 hours and 20 minutes, the movie occasionally threatens to numb one’s posterior, but then Miss Marion’s face lights up the screen and all is well visually, if awfully downbeat emotionally.” - GreenCine Daily [Trailer]

Life in Loops (Austria - 5/25, 5/26) Touted as ” The first Filmremix in History”, this award-winning experimental documentary incorporates a Sofa Surfers soundtrack with cut and collaged footage of the urban underclass in Mexico City, New York, Moscow and Bombay from the 1997 Michael Glawogger documentary Megacities. - [Trailer]

Manufactured Landscapes - (Canada - 5/27, 5/29) “Art and environmentalism collide…with results that are more fascinating for their ambiguity. An easy sell to art lovers, it also offers a new tangent for discussions encouraged by An Inconvenient Truth. Prospects are good in the doc arena, where it appeals to two niches that don’t always overlap.” - The Hollywood Reporter. [Trailer]

Monkey Warfare - (Canada - 5/26, 5/28) “Hapless protags are two 40-ish bicycle-riding, dumpster-diving bohos whose off the grid lifestyle attracts a youngster with more aggressively radical ideas…an above-average entry in the Canadian cinematic tradition of loser comedy” - Variety [Trailer]

once1.jpgOnce - (Ireland - 5/27) Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance. A modern-day musical and love-story currently awash with critical love, Once is essentially a can’t miss, no brainer pick for SIFF audiences. “Imagine Belle And Sebastian remaking In The Mood For Love as a heartbreaking low-fi musical, and you have a fair approximation of the film’s melancholy, unexpected genius.” - A.V. Club [Trailer]

Paprika (Japan - 5/25, 5/28) - “I’m being a big, wet girl for admitting this, but halfway through the credit sequence for PAPRIKA, the new animated film from Satoshi Kon (PERFECT BLUE, TOKYO GODFATHERS), I got choked up. I wasn’t near tears because anything sad was happening, but because I was happy…If it wasn’t for all the talk of DC Minis and giant robots, naked dreamgods, and psychotherapy machines this would be the perfect date movie.” - Kaiju Shakedown [Trailer]

Paris Je T’Aime - (France - 5/26, 5/28) Olivier Assayas, The Coen Brothers, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alexander Payne are just a handful from the international conglomerate of directors that created 18 short love letters to Paris. Cast includes Marianne Faithfull, Buscemi, Dafoe, Binoche, Portman, and Depardieu. [Trailer]

Red Road (UK - 5/25, 5/26) - A young security guard spots a dangerous man from her past (what he’s done is not revealed early on), and looks to track him down to exact revenge. “The Rear Window-style atmosphere and tension are expertly maintained, and the sense of impending horror has the feel of a Michael Haneke film.” - Peter Bradshaw (via GreenCine) [Trailer]

Rescue Dawn (U.S. - 5/26, 5/27) - The latest from Werner Herzog features Christian Bale as a U.S. fighter pilot shot down and held in a POW camp in Laos during the Vietnam War. [Trailer]

Severance - (UK/Germany - 5/27, 5/28) Horror spoof follows a group of salespeople for a multinational weapons company on a team-building getaway in the wilderness, where spirits are dampened by revenge-fueled killers. [Trailer]

england.jpgThis is England - (UK - 5/25, 5/29) Introduced to skinhead culture in 1983 England, 12-year old Shaun ages quickly as his “friendly gang” is divided by a racist and brutal newcomer. Voted Best Picture, 2006 British Independent Film Awards. [Trailer]

More trailers available from SIFF. More fest reviews and information from The Stranger’s SIFF Notes.

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