Marcus Gorman's Picks

SIFF Programmer Marcus Gorman picks some of his highlights from the 2018 Festival.

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Blue My Mind

Blue My Mind

Two of my favorite genres—body horror and angsty teen drama—smash into each other in this story about a girl who hits puberty and finds that she's slowly becoming a mermaid.

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Every Act of Life

Every Act of Life

Playwright Terrence McNally gets the documentary portrait he deserves, featuring a bevy of Broadway A-list interviews and footage from shows such as "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Ragtime."

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Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

It's a sheer pleasure to see the cast and crew of "Freaks & Geeks" reunite to talk about one of the best and most influential TV shows of the past 20 years, the dozens of careers it launched, and the changing landscape of television comedy.

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Good Manners

Good Manners

A Brazilian werewolf movie that's also a tender romantic drama that's also a commentary on economic inequality, all done up as the weirdest fairy tale you're likely to see this year—matched only by another one of our WTF entries, Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil.

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Hal

Hal

Hal Ashby is one of my biggest storytelling influences, so this worthy tribute to one of American cinema's greatest troublemakers perfectly scratches that Hollywood biography itch.

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The King

The King

Eugene Jarecki takes the rise and fall of Elvis Presley as a jumping-off point to talk about the diminishing returns of the good ol' USA.

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Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda

An extremely personal and emotional dive into America's great comedienne Gilda Radner, featuring newly discovered audiotapes and diary entries as read by some of her most famous admirers.

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Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

A dark, wickedly funny, feminist revenge western set in Indonesia about a woman who, after making quick work of her would-be attackers, discovers that the rigid rules of her rural island's patriarchal system are hard to break.

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Mobile Homes

Mobile Homes

A young mother (Imogen Poots) and her eight-year-old son hustle their way from motel to motel along the US/Canada border in this Andrea Arnold-esque bit of social realism about life on the fringes of society.

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My Name is Myeisha

My Name is Myeisha

The most formally inventive film in our New American Cinema competition, based on a play by Rickerby Hinds. At the moment of African-American teenager's death at the hands of police, we enter a dreamscape of her mind and learn of the life she leaves behind, all told through hip-hop, spoken word poetry, and dance.

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Never Steady, Never Still

Never Steady, Never Still

There's one soul-crushing domestic drama each year that hits me right in my emotionally masochistic heart (don't worry, I'm fine). I'm in love with this tough, tender film out of British Columbia, starring Shirley Henderson as a woman dealing with Parkinson's disease and Theódore Pellerin as her son struggling with his sexuality while working at an oil field work camp.

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Shuttle Life

Shuttle Life

A Malaysian youth heads into the streets of Kuala Lumpur, hoping to raise enough money to make a forged birth certificate to retrieve his sister's body from the morgue. It reminded me of the Safdie Brothers' film Good Time, but less frantic and with a more sympathetic lead character.

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Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers

Truth is stranger than fiction in this documentary about identical triplets, raised by three different families, who joyously reunite as adults only to uncover the horrible secret behind their separation. A beautifully sad rumination on nature versus nurture.

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Thunder Road

Thunder Road

I like movies that straddle genre lines, and this comic portrait of a Texas cop whose life spirals out of control after his mother dies is uproarious, cringe-inducing, and heartbreaking. How it navigates its emotional and comedic tonal shifts is a thrilling experience.

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