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Cinema stuff for the week of June 15's always a little sad when SIFF is over for the year.  We can offer you two good ways to come down from your film festival high:

1) Our SIFF 2012 special rental section is up now in the front of the store with several selections from the festival, including The Story of Film: An Odyssey and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights.

2) SIFF Cinema's BEST OF SIFF series, featuring such standouts as the romantic Spanish sci-fi Extraterrestrial, Norway's answer to The Big Lebowski King Curling, Megan Griffiths' excellent Eden, starring Jamie Chung (Golden Space Needle Audience Award winner for Best Actress), Matthew Lillard's Fat Kid Rules The World (partially shot at my alma mater, Lindbergh High School in lovely Renton), Guy Maddin's noir Keyhole (also coming out on DVD Tuesday) and Golden Space Needle Audience Award winner for Best Actor and Best Film Any Day Now. Visit the series' site for the full lineup. We strongly encourage you to see the documentary Welcome to Doe Bay on Monday, June 18. Not only is it a fine portrait of this local music festival, but the screening is a benefit for the Friends of Cafe Racer memorial campaign.


Here's more of what's playing on screens around town...

Northwest Film Forum

Friday, June 15--Thursday, June 21

Jan Svankmajer: The Surreal Puppet Poet--NWFF and the Center for Czech Education and Culture present all six of the surreal stop-motion animation director's feature films--including Alice, Faust, and the tree-tastic Little Otik, plus a collection of his short works. Visit the series page for the full list of films and the schedule, and be sure to stop by his section up in our Animation room.

Goodbye First Love--This French film follows fifteen-year-old Camille from the first flutters of a crush through the heavy weigh of heartbreak.


Saturday, June 16

Stories From Junk Puppet Land and Stopmotion Celebration--A live, family-friendly puppet performance from the Zambini Brothers Puppet Company, followed by a collection of stop-motion animated films.


Central Cinema

Friday, June 15--Wednesday, June 20

Pillow Talk--As far as Doris Day movies go, I'm partial to That Touch of Mink, but I can't argue that her pairing with Rock Hudson in this classic battle-of-the-sexes comedy is perfect.

Big Trouble in Little China--Darn it! Just typing that got the song stuck in my head. Monday's screening will be presented in Hecklevision with your thoughtful, nuanced film critiques appearing magically on screen via text message. Out of curiosity, has anyone tried to use Hecklevision to propose?


Monday, June 18

Absolutely Fabulous vs. The Golden Girls--Edina and Patsy face off against Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia in a TV Dinner featuring two episodes of each classic series. I have no doubt Sophia could take them all.


Thursday, June 21

Cartoon Happy Hour--A family-friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm

Totally Gay Sing Along--An all new sing along featuring "camp classics, divas, hunks, rump shakers" for your Pride crooning pleasure.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, June 15--Sunday, June 17

Possession--A newly restored and uncut 35mm print of Andrzej Zulawski's twisted portrait of a disintegrating marriage, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill.


Friday, June 15--Thursday, June 21

Last Days Here--The triumphs and downfalls of cult rock legend and Pentagram lead singer Bobby Liebling, whose combination of self-destruction and botched record deals led him to fall in to obscurity, until the heavy metal underground inspired him to rise again.


Wednesday, June 20

Children of the Wall--A look at artists in Berlin since the Wall came down twenty-one years ago, especially as gentrification drives them out the spaces in which they once thrived.


And if you missed it at SIFF's Opening Night Gala, Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister opens this week at The Egyptian. Ms. Shelton will be in attendance for Saturday's 7:30pm and 9:40pm shows.


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