Weekend Film Agenda: May 6
Opening in Seattle Friday, May 6, at Metro Cinemas, Queen to Play is French director and screenwriter Caroline Bottaro’s debut film and features features Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) and Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond, La Cérémonie) in the story of a quietly intelligent French chambermaid who discovers she has a knack for chess, a talent which sends her on a life-changing quest guided in part by a reclusive American doctor who becomes her tutor in the game.
Also opening locally Friday is Louder Than a Bomb, a documentary by director Jon Siskel about a unique event – a youth poetry slam based on a team model. Instead of pitting individuals against each other, “Louder Than a Bomb” uses a collaborative system which allows young poets to learn from each other and change lives, even their own. Louder Than a Bomb screens at SIFF Cinema from May 6 through May 12; director Jon Siskel and poet Lamar Jordan are expected at the Friday and Saturday screenings; also there will be local poets performing before the 7:30 showings on May 6 and May 7.
Northwest Film Forum continues its Lionel Rogosin series with Come Back, Africa, a film that combines fictional elements with facts in a story shot illicitly on the streets of Johannesberg back in 1960 about a family struggling to survive the racism of their daily lives in the big city slums. The film marks the onscreen debut of African singer Miriam Makebu. Screens May 6 through May 12.
The Grand Illusion offers up Breath (Soom), a Korean love story between a death row inmate played by Chang Chen (Eros, Red Cliff) and the woman who decorates his prison cell (Park ji-Ah).
Late night at the Grand Illusion: Get Crazy
Midnight at The Egyptian: Back to the Future.