Seattle International Film Festival has announced its full 2012 lineup and tickets are on sale now.
With so many films to choose from (overview here), how do you decide what to go see? Some people rule out the films that will return to the Northwest later for a regular run; Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald put an initial list of those on her blog today. And once the festival starts, we’ll bring you highlights every day, in print and online.
In the meantime, it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s worth your time and money. In that spirit, here are some guesses of mine:
“The Beautiful Game”: A documentary that purports to be about the transformative power of sport — and the beautiful images of men, women and children playing soccer all over the African continent back up that claim. (Plays May 31 and June 2 at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.)
“My Dad Is Baryshnikov”: A Russian comedy about a dance-crazed teen with an overactive imagination. It’s set in Perestroika-era Moscow (mid-1980s) and a Variety reviewer called its period details “spot-on.” (June 6 at Majestic Bay, June 7 and 9 at Egyptian.)
“Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel”: A portrait of the fashion maven who influenced Jackie Onassis, launched Twiggy’s career and revived Vogue in the 1960s. (May 18 and 23 at Pacific Place.)
“Grassroots”: A comedy about political neophyte Grant Cogswell’s tilting-at-windmills campaign to unseat Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver. It was shot here, with some Hollywood names in the cast, including Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer and Tom Arnold. Stephen Gyllenhaal directed. (Closing-night gala, June 10.)
“Wuthering Heights”: A cinematic adaptation of Emily Bronte’s great novel, starring Kaya Scodelario as the farmer’s daughter who falls for the smoldering Heathcliff, played by James Howson. Last year’s terrific adaptation of “Jane Eyre” proved yet again that classic literature will never stop supplying great material for the movies. (Photo by Agatha Nitecka.) (June 8 and 9 at Harvard Exit.)
Have fun making your own picks! We’ll see you in line at SIFF 2012.