Fanie Fourie's Lobola. Our Nixon. Harmony Lessons. Twenty Feet from Stardom. C.O.G.
Did you see any of them? No? Not like there were 447 films to choose from... Thankfully, SIFF Cinema reprises the best of the 2013 festival June 12–20, including the Grand Jury prize winners C.O.G., an adaptation of David Sedaris's short story about working on an apple farm in Oregon (also the first time the humorist has allowed someone to translate his work for the big screen); Harmony Lessons, a drama about schoolyard bullying in a rural Kazakhstan village; and Our Nixon, the documentary of stitched-together Super 8 Nixon footage that caught our eye early on.
The Golden Space Needle audience award for best film went to Fanie Fourie's Lobola, a South African romantic comedy about an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl as star-crossed lovers. (It's a feel-good pick.) Twenty Feet from Stardom, a Sundance favorite about mind-blowing backup singers in the shadow of stars, took home the Golden Space Needle for top documentary. (Sidenote: One of the film's subjects, former Michael Jackson vocalist Judith Hill, was dominating the latest season of The Voice until her recent—shocking—departure.) Big Joy, directed by Eric Slade and Stephen Silha, won the Reel NW Award for best local film.
Sample some of the festival's finest at SIFF Cinema Uptown:
June 12 Alive and Well
June 12 The Otherside
June 13 Still Mine (winner: James Cromwell, Golden Space Needle audience award for best actor)
June 13 Flight of the Storks
June 13 Inequality for All
June 14 We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (open run)
June 14 C.O.G. (winner: Grand Jury Prize, Best New American Cinema)
June 14 Populaire
June 15 Best of SIFF Shorts
June 15 Wolf Children
June 15 Unfinished Song
June 15 Twenty Feet from Stardom (winner: Golden Space Needle audience award for best documentary)
June 15 Fanie Fourie's Lobola (winner: Golden Space Needle audience award for best film)
June 15 & 16 The Guillotines
June 16 Our Nixon (winner: Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary)
June 16 Key of Life
June 16 Decoding Annie Parker (winner: Samantha Morton, Golden Space Needle audience award for best actress)
June 20 7 Boxes
Best of SIFF 2013
June 12–20, SIFF Cinema Uptown, $9–$12