“They don’t call SIFF America’s biggest film festival just for kicks,” writes David Schmader at the top of the Stranger‘s big, big guide to the big, big festival. “Besides corralling 273 films (plus multiple shorts packages) from all over the globe, the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival is three and a half weeks long, which means you have almost an entire month to dive into SIFF, get sick of it and ignore it for a while, then dive back in all over again…. Here is the Stranger‘s guide to every single film in SIFF 2013, featuring eyewitness reviews of more than 130 films and a half-dozen jokes in poor taste.”
The Weekly‘s posted a first round of “Picks & Pans,” while Mark Baumgarten previews the “Face the Music” program, Hanna Raskin samples “Food on Film,” and Robert Horton and Brian Miller add a batch of “entirely subjective previsionary faves—what we haven’t seen, are dying to see, and hope won’t disappoint us.”
SIFF 2013 opens tonight with Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and closes on June 9 with Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Updates on who’s saying what about which films will most likely really pick up here after Cannes.
Update: Parallax View‘s posted a guide to further previews.
Update, 5/17: The Stranger‘s Paul Constant finds that Much Ado is “light and fun and funny and delightful—it’s so rare that a movie claps Shakespeare on the back like an old bud, rather than putting him up on a pedestal, like he’s in a museum. Who cares if some of the acting is a little hambone?”
Update, 6/15: Sean Axmaker‘s wrapped Seattle 2013 for us here in Keyframe with a few impressions of late showings, and of course, the award-winners.