Upcoming at SIFF – The Films of Alan Rudolph

It’s just about time for the Seattle International Film Festival where you can see nearly countless films over the course of three weeks. But did you know that SIFF Cinema offers unique film experiences throughout the year? Well, yes, you probably did, but hey, wasn’t that a semi-catchy intro?

This coming weekend, April 23-25th, SIFF Cinema is showing the films of Alan Rudolph, including the Seattle-filmed picture Trouble in Mind. Alan will be in Seattle to introduce the first film in the series personally. More details after the jump.

This weekend includes three double features, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Oh, and what’s even better is that if you buy a ticket for the first showing of the double feature ($10 for non-members, $8 for members), you get into the second film of the double feature ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Descriptions reprinted from SIFF.

Friday, April 23

This off-kilter noir is the tale of a deranged woman (Geraldine Chaplin) who returns home from prison to wreak havoc on her ex-husband (Anthony Perkins), told with loving generosity toward the characters and fine attention to detail. Produced by Robert Altman with exquisite cinematography by Tak Fujimoto, and an amazing blues soundtrack by Alberta Hunter. Written and directed by Alan Rudolph.

CHOOSE ME (1984)

Night owls haunt the neon-lit, after-hours streets of Los Angeles where Lesley Ann Warren’s bar is a beacon for lost souls and vagabonds. Eve (Warren) is a regular caller to a radio talk show whose host Dr. Love (Geneviève Bujold) gives advice to the lovelorn. And then drifter (and maybe compulsive liar) Mickey (Keith Carradine) enters the scene…

Saturday, April 24

In a down-and-out brick corner of Rain City—set in the vague future/past—hapless denizens are drawn to Wanda’s café like moths to a flame. At the center of the film is a romantic triangle between ex-cop/con Hawk (Kris Kristofferson), young mother Georgia (Lori Singer), and her boyfriend Coop (Keith Carradine), but its edges are part thriller and part comic fantasy. Filmed in Seattle, with a moody score by Mark Isham and a brilliant turn by Divine in a non-drag role as gangster Hilly Blue.


Keith Carradine is Nick Hart, an expatriate American artist living in the Paris of Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s Lost Generation, who becomes involved in a forgery plot hatched by a wealthy art patron played by Geraldine Chaplin.

“The Moderns is Rudolph at his most literary and artificial; there are moments when one can believe the film was made by Nabokov and Charlie Parker after seeing F for Fake. [A] vivid pastiche of period bohemianism, and so alive a film it trembled with views, hints, glances, and possibilities.” —David Thomson.

Sunday, April 25

In a major comeback, Julie Christie plays Phyllis Mann, a former B-movie actress who lives in Montreal with her handyman husband, Lucky (Nick Nolte), and spends most of her time watching her crummy old movies and pining for happier times. The Mann’s lives intersect with another couple’s (Lara Flynn Boyle and Jonny Lee Miller) and the film revolves around the four characters whose paths and fates intertwine. Written and directed by Alan Rudolph.

5:30PM (1999)

This delirious adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel takes place in a fictional town (filmed in Twin Falls, Idaho) where wealthy Pontiac dealer Dwayne Hoover (Bruce Willis) meets Vonnegut’s signature character, philosopher Kilgore Trout (Albert Finney) and goes from an All-American business leader to a man with a deep existential crisis. With Nick Nolte, Glenne Headly, Lukas Haas, Omar Epps.

For more info and to purchase tickets click here.

3 Comments so far

  1. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on April 20th, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    “Choose Me” is an excellent film.

    I had mixed feelings about “Trouble in Mind” which I saw at SIFF’s 12 hour movie marathon earlier this year; I don’t know that it really lived up to all of its potential for me. However, it was fascinating to see how much Seattle’s changed over the years and there are some strong performances in it.

  2. Weekend Film Agenda April 23 | Seattle Metblogs (pingback) on April 23rd, 2010 @ 11:19 am

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  3. Calabria Property (unregistered) on May 9th, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Great post, I like your site, keep up the good work!

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