Weekend Film Agenda October 23

The 2009 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival continues at various venues around town. Featured this weekend: Handsome Harry stars Jamey Sheridan in the title role as a man whose life is thrown into turmoil when a former Navy buddy, played by Steve Buscemi, calls him from his deathbed and begs him to seek forgiveness on his behalf for the harm they caused a former friend. Hannah Free stars Sharon Gless in the title role. A lesbian woman barred from seeing her true love just a few floors away in the nursing home where they’re both confined, Hannah reflects back on their many long years of friendship and love.

SIFF Cinema presents the Nordic Lights Film Festival, sponsored by the Nordic Heritage Museum. Featuring contemporary and award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, the festival includes such films as Nazi zombie gorefest Dead Snow, a movie about three Sami women for whom reindeer herding isn’t just a job, it’s an integral part of their life and culture, and festival opener Everlasting Moments which tells a story of how a young Swedish woman’s life is permanently changed when she wins a camera in a lottery.

NWFF presents a look at the disparity between the upper and working classes in The Headless Woman, an eerie film in which a dentist strikes something with her car–an object? a dog? one of the street kids playing as she drives by?–but doesn’t stop. Even after driving away she can’t shake her feelings of guilt and unease.

Also at NWFF: This Is Not a Show, a documentary film of REM’s “working rehearsal” at Dublin’s Olympia Theater back in July 2007.

Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard star in 1939’s The Cat and the Canary, a spooky and suspenseful tale of the six potential heirs to the fortune of a millionaire trapped in his mansion on a night when the spirit world warns that one of them will die and a guard from the local prison lets them know a homicidal maniac has escaped and is on the loose. The Grand Illusion screens a brand new print of this classic thriller. It’s paired with another spooky Bob Hope movie: 1940’s The Ghost Breakers stars Hope as a radio broadcaster who accompanies Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard again) as she attempts to take possession of her family’s ancestral home–an allegedly haunted castle–on an island off of Cuba. Are death threats and zombies enough to keep her from succeeding?

Midnight at The Egyptian: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon in one of the sexiest vampire films ever: The Hunger.

Hilary Swank plays the title role in Amelia, a look back at legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhardt, who thrilled the world as the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic and became a celebrity and inspirational figure before mysteriously disappearing in the midst of a solo flight around the world. At the Guild 45th.

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