Friday, October 30, 2009

New Films by Claire Denis, Ulrich Seidl and Lisandro Alonso at NWFF : Nov 5 - 19

Exceptional abundance of cinema all-at-once over the course of two weeks beginning Nov. 6
at the Northwest Film Forum! Firstly, the most recent film by "Trouble Every Day", "The Intruder"
and "Friday Night" director Claire Denis; "35 Shots of Rum" which, every review I've read, from
the Village Voice to Sight & Sound had good things to say, suggesting this may be her carrier best.
The most recent by Ulrich Seidl; "Import/Export", following on his Cannes Jury Prize winning "Dog Days"
with more beautifully shot, brutal depictions of life in a Eastern Europe and the Global labor
market's exploitation of the post-communism underclass.

Lastly, there's the work of Lisandro Alonso, whose series here, "At the Edge of the World: The
Cinema of Lisandro Alonso," includes his most recent trilogy of films, concluding with 2008's
"Liverpool". Much lauded by Film Comment, Alonso is considered one of the major new director
finds of the past decade, and has been advocated by many of the other major international cinema
publications, following awards in festivals, from Vienna to Oslo to Rotterdam to Russia. Despite the
accolades, his work is rarely seen (this marks his first-ever screening in Seattle), and an entire series
of his work is quite a cinema event. New ones by Denis, Seidl and a Alonso series, making for two weeks
of rarely seen, highly qualitative, new global cinema....And just in time to act as a respite from
the annual season of rain n' gloom that's descended!

Link to Northwest Film Forum "Import/Export" site

Link to Northwest Film Forum "35 Shots of Rum" site

Link to Northwest Film Forum "At The Edge Of The World: The Cinema of Lisandro Alonso" site