Programmers' Picks: Andy Spletzer

SIFF Programmer Andy Spletzer shares some of his highlights from the 2022 Seattle International Film Festival.

Andy Spletzer

Navalny

Alexei Navalny is charming, popular, and works for the good of Russia, so it's no wonder Putin hates him, and in this documentary—which plays like a real-life Cold War thriller—we get to see how much.

The Man Who Paints Water Drops

Kim Tschang-yeul helped define modern art in Korea and has a museum dedicated to his work, but this doc made by his son is more interested in the man, his Buddhist practice, and how seeing atrocities during the Korean War may have affected his art.

2551.01

Yes, it's a terrible title, but this punk-rock adaptation of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid owes a fair debt to David Lynch, Guy Maddin, the Brothers Quay, and circus dystopias like Freaks.

A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces

The mighty Yangtze is the river that flows through this love letter to the city of Wuhan (pre-pandemic), but with a post-pandemic melancholy. Full of shots of buildings, bridges, and sometimes people, this is the closest most of us will get to traveling there, and it's worth the trip.

ALT Shorts

If you're tired of watching the same old story in a new form, try the latest batch of experimental, non-narrative short films.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

I've only seen some of the short films starring Marcel the Shell, and I was utterly charmed and captivated. When I heard about the feature film, it quickly topped my "must-see" list!

Alien on Stage

I'm all about amateurs creating impossible adaptations of popular movies.

Fire of Love

The tragic, true-life love story of two volcanologists who died doing what they loved—studying volcanoes up close.

Sweetheart Deal

Having seen an early cut of this documentary about living life and getting by on the underside of Aurora Avenue, I can't wait to see this final version.

Hannah Ha Ha

Small but utterly charming film about an unconventional, small-town protagonist that has the wit and freewheeling feel of a Lynn Shelton movie.

Navalny Carousel Tile
Navalny
The Man Who Paints Water Drops
2551.01
A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Alien on Stage
Fire of Love
Sweetheart Deal
Hannah Ha Ha
ALT Shorts