Sunday, May 6, 2018

TwoOhSix Picks - SIFF 2018 Part 1

From May 17th through June 10th, the 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival will feature over 400 films from over 90 countries around the world. After scouring the schedule for hours on end, I have compiled a list of the 20 films I am most looking forward to watching. The films are listed alphabetically and the post is split into two parts, look for a link to part two at the bottom of this post.

This looks like Ocean's 11 but with high school kids who have no idea what they're doing. Should be hilarious and a fun adventure to watch unfold.

I'm expecting this to be a super inspiring and possibly tear inducing story about six indigenous girls who enter Canada's inaugural First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee and also has a chance to be one of my favorite films of the entire festival.

This is the opening night film so it must be good, right? Actually, it really does. The story is adapted from a best selling novel and the cast is pretty fantastic so I'm sure it will be a gala crowd pleaser.

A movie about "the most boring town in Sweden" could end up being the funniest and most entertaining movie of this year's festival. Honestly, it could go either way but I'm going to remain hopeful that first time director Filip Hammar has baked up something delicious for the audience to enjoy,

Álex de la Iglesia, as a director, has brought The Bar and Witches and Bitches to the festival, both of which were huge crowd pleasers, and this year he returns as a producer for this creepy looking horror movie from Spain. Definitely looking forward to this one.

I saw this during Slamdance and wrote a review. This is easily one of the best movies I've watched this year and a clear front runner for my festival favorite award.

Horror anthologies can be hit or miss although this one looks extra creepy as each of the director's was instructed to make their story about the scariest and most haunting folktale from their respective homelands. I have high hopes of being thoroughly frightened during the midnight screening.

Marco Dutra's latest genre flick has already won a bunch of festival awards and seems like a perfectly creepy addition to the festival's already stacked lineup of horror films. My one worry is that it is well over two hours long and could end up dragging its way to the finish line.

The fight is on to save our environment and director Laura Nix shows us a group of brilliant teenagers who are doing everything they can to come up with solutions. Should be the most educational film in this year's lineup.

Sasha B Lane, winner of the 2016 Best Female Acting Performance award, and Chloë Grace Moretz working together would normally be more than enough to get me to watch but we also get to see Forrest Goodluck, an Indigenous actor and past participant in SIFF/Longhouse Media's SuperFly Filmmaking. Oh, and he also starred in The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Are you sold yet? The movie recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. *mic drop*

TwoOhSix Picks - SIFF 2018 Part 2>>> coverage for the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

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