Programmers' Picks: Dan Doody

SIFF Programmer Dan Doody shares some of his highlights from the 2022 Seattle International Film Festival.

Dan Doody

Hatching

Imagine if Angela Carter had lived into the social media age and moved to Finland, she might have come up with something like Hatching. Tinja finds a strange egg in the forest, and what hatches mirrors her darkest desires.

Young Plato

Headmaster McArevey of Belfast’s Holy Cross Boys School has two loves: 1) Elvis, and 2) Greek philosophers. An engaging first-hand account of the transformative effects inspirational teachers have on their students’ lives.

Hockeyland

It's “Friday Night Lights” on ice—an impassioned look at high school ice hockey in Minnesota, an obsession shared by everyone from the teens who play it to their grandparents.

Ali & Ava

Cinematic romances rarely have the easy charm and naturalism found in this film. Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar are wonderful together in the title roles. 

Cop Secret

Rival cops Bússi and Hördur team up to thwart batshit-crazy crime lord Rikki Ferrari, and you’ll never see the buddy cop thriller genre in the same way after this film.

Nothing Compares

This intimate look into the tumultuous life and early career of Sinéad O’Connor is electrifying, heartbreaking, and brilliant.

Quant

Revisit Swinging Sixties London in this effervescent bio-doc on Mary Quant, business pioneer, fashion icon, and inventor of the miniskirt.

Cinematheque Infernal

Seven cinematic slices from Hell itself, these miniature masterpieces of supernatural terror and sophisticated suspense are pure nightmare fuel.

Bernstein’s Wall

This masterful portrait of the visionary yet complex maestro is an absolutely captivating look at a genius who broke barriers, both figurative and literal.

The Sacred Spirit | Piggy | The House of the Snails

This triptych of wonderfully weird thrillers from Spain will haunt you long after their final frames have flickered off the screen.

Hatching
Young Plato
Hockeyland
Ali & Ava
Cop Secret
Nothing Compares
Quant
Bernstein's Wall
The Sacred Spirit
Piggy
House of Snails
Cinematheque Infernal