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Die Herbstzeitslosen and other great German language films at SIFF

From: Steve
Sent on: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 3:19 PM
Hallo Film Lovers,
Here is a second update from the Seattle International Film Festival especially for Seattle's German community.
There is a very interesting documentary about Bertold Brecht called "Theater of War". It contains some incredible footage of Brecht testifying at the McCarthy hearings. There is also some great footage of his plays being performed in German. Meryl Streep is among those contributing as are some of his relatives, and Carl Weber who was Brecht's assistant director. It screens June 10th.
Please make an effort to go and see "Late Bloomers" on Wednesday  at 4.30 or Saturday 7th at 6.30 at the Uptown on Queen Anne. It's well worth it and you may never get another chance.
Austrian film "Uber Wasser" screens on Thursday, a kind of Alpine 'Inconvenient Truth" if you will. A very watchable documentary given its serious subject matter. Friday's midnight film at the Egyptian is "Otto; or Up With Dead People." I haven't seen this, so you're on your own there. "The Wave" shows at 6.30 the same night at Pacific Place. There is also a Danish documentary on Erik Nietzsche on Saturday night.
Outside the German influence, here is brief round-up of what else is recommended either by myself or by other reviewers.
"Mirageman" (Chile) and "Captain Abu Raed" (Jordan) come highly recommended by many. I'd personally recommend "Call Me Troy" (USA) and my friends at the Washington State Film Office liked "A Secret" (France).
On Friday, the documentary about the plane crash survivors "Stranded" (Argentina) eventually screens. It's brilliantly made although the subject matter is somewhat gruesome. "Seachd: The Crimson Snowdrop" (Scotland) screens at SIFF Cinema on Saturday.
Happy film viewing. Of course all Prost Amerika's reviews can be seen at
And don't forget our exclusive screening of the Henry Kissinger documentary at the Triple Door on June 30th. See for further details.
Best Regards, 
Steve Clare
Prost Amerika
The Seattle Film Review and News Site

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