Robert Horton is a Scarecrow board member and a longtime film critic. He will be contributing a series of “critic’s notes” to the Scarecrow blog—a chance to highlight worthy films playing locally and connecting them to the riches of Scarecrow’s collection.
As we head into Oscar weekend, I thought I would pull out an interview I did with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who came to Seattle to promote The Lives of Others in February 2007. The film would go on to upset odds-on favorite Pan’s Labyrinth for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar—not a complete shocker, actually, as The Lives of Others is much more a traditional Oscar winner than Guillermo del Toro’s film.
The German director is nominated again in the Foreign Language category for Never Look Away, a very long (I mean 188 minutes’ worth) account of a young man growing out of the Nazi era and trying to be an artist in East Germany (and then, perhaps almost as challengingly, West Germany). The film opens March 8 in Seattle. It is, I am sorry to report, not good.
So, to happier times: A talk about The Lives of Others, a film born of von Donnersmarck’s irritation with the ostalgia craze, Germany’s fond flashback to the GDR. The piece originally ran in the Daily Herald.
Friday, February 22
5030 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Prep for the Oscars with film historian Lance Rhoades who’ll share highlights and controversies from previous ceremonies, discuss the current nominees and issues, and offer his own predictions.
Attendance is free, although RSVP is encouraged. Do that RIGHT HERE.