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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM

SIFF: Aisle be seeing you

SIFF ended yesterday, and for once I’ve seen (and loved) the Golden Space Needle-winning film: “The Hedgehog,” a French-language adaptation of the novel “The Elegance of the Hedgehog,” filmed with wit, charm and a sly poignancy, not to mention a kid actress with a beguiling way of getting her glasses tangled up in her hair. Hoping this film will turn up in Seattle theaters soon, but you can catch it in the “Best of SIFF” showcase this weekend at SIFF Cinema in the meantime. Glad to see this film getting such nice recognition — and glad that I was lucky enough to see it. SIFF is so vast, you can see an amazing number of films (my record is around 90, though I was far, far from it this year) and still find that you’ve missed the ones most talked-about. Anyway, the fest will be back next year, with a whole new crop of movies to miss (and see).
I was SIFF-ing on Saturday and was struck by something that I’ve seen happen a lot, at film festivals and at special screenings. The theater gets close to filling up, and somebody goes up front and announces that more people are waiting, and they want to get everybody in — which is admirable — so would everyone please get up and move toward the center and leave the aisle seats free for latecomers. And what do you think happens, every time this announcement is made? Nobody moves. Those who’ve come early in order to get an aisle seat (something I usually do) aren’t about to give them up. Let the latecomers do the clambering over people’s legs. People love aisle seats — it’s a funny sight, at SIFF press screenings, to see every aisle seat occupied, on both sides and a vast wasteland in the middle — and aren’t going to hand them over without a fight. (I once saw just such a thing, at a SIFF screening years ago, when somebody left a newspaper on their aisle seat and somebody else claimed it. It got ugly.) Yet, I hear this announcement all the time, and I have yet to see anybody move in response to it. Human nature, I guess.

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