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Cinema happenings for the week of September 9th

SIFF Cinema is back from its post-festival summer break with THE WHALE, a documentary on the mystery and controversy surrounding Luna, an Orca whale who was separated from his family around Vancouver Island.  It's narrated by Ryan Reynolds and directed by Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit, two journalists who were sent to cover the story. Chisholm and Parfit are expected to be in attendance for opening weekend.

This weekend at Northwest Film Fourm, there's CURE FOR PAIN: THE MARK SANDMAN STORY, a look at the late singer of Morphine's life and music. The weekend also kicks off their series SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE: THE FILMS OF JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI, four films by the legendary Polish director who was part of an adventerou wave of Eastern European directors in the 60 and 70s before taking a long hiatus from filmmaking. He returned to the director's chair in 2008 with an innovative and unsettling  love story called FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA, which plays on Friday night. His latest film ESSENTIAL KILLING, starring Vincent Gallo, is on Saturday, Monday has Skolimoski's first film, 1964's IDENTIFICATION MARKS: NONE and Tuesday brings WALKOVER (1965) along with several of his early short films. For further viewing, visit Jerzy Skolimowski's director's section here at the store. Then on Thursday the 15th, there's interactive movement, multi-media performance CURRY + DILLON: INTERVIEW ME ,a piece which promises to, "explore the ways in which interviews function in our society." It runs through next weekend.

Central Cinema begins its programming week with Two-Bit, Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darrell and the rest of the gang of Francis Ford Coppola's THE OUTSIDERS and TRAINSPOTTING, a movie which gave the world a great soundtrack and even more reason to love Ewan McGregor. On Monday the 12th you can contribute your critiques via text message to SHOWGIRLS through the magic of Hecklevision. You are prohibitied from stealing any riffs from David Schmader's commentary.

Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have a brand new 35mm print of Francios Truffaut's dark and suspenseful tale of adultery THE SOFT SKIN. It's only playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so make a plan now you don't miss it.  AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE starts on Monday, a good primer in to the history of exploitation films, featuring interviews with experts such as Herschell Gordon Lewis, Fred Williamson, and Joe Dante. We have a lot of the films mentioned in the documentary here on our shelves. The satanic haunts of SUPERSTITION (warning: the trailer gets a bit gross and therefore is NSFW) makes an encore appearance in the Late Night viewing spot.