Fool Serious Voters Weigh In on SIFF

Nobody, apart from a few wretched members of the media, sees more movies at SIFF than the full series pass-holders: a.k.a. the "fool serious" crowd. (It's a pun--get it?) And their post-festival judgment is often more interesting than the festival's juried and popular awards. Less swayed by local favorites (e.g., Humpday, Sweet Crude), these filmgoers generally achieve more diverse lists out of the sheer depth they penetrate into the SIFF schedule--seeing three, four, even five movies a day--for all of three weeks.

Hence from the Fool Serious site, the "most liked" feature was Departures, the surprise Oscar winner from Japan, about a former musician finding his way in the funeral home business. (It's currently playing at the Seven Gables.) This stands in opposition to ordinary SIFFgoers preferring Black Dynamite, winner of the Golden Space Needle award, which is a fairly easy, broad American comedy without subtitles.

More Fool Serious picks after the jump...

The full Fool Serious list continues...

2. North Face

3. Tears of April

4. Séraphine

5. Necessities of Life

6. The Hurt Locker

7. That Evening Sun

8. Troubled Water

9. Moon

10. Kabei - Our Mother

Top Archival

1. Sunset Boulevard

2. Once Upon a Time in the West

3. The Third Man

4. Dodsworth

Top Documentaries (SIFFgoers voted for The Cove)

1. Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country

2. Every Little Step

3. The Beaches of Agnès

4. Sweet Crude

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (also the regular SIFFgoer choice)

Best Script: tie between Lynn Shelton for Humpday and Kundo Koyama for Departures

Best Cinematographer: Kolja Brandt for North Face

Best Music: Tetro (by Osvaldo Golijov)

Best Actor: Natar Ungalaaq for Necessities of Life

Best Actress: Yolande Moreau for Séraphine (also the popular SIFF choice)

Best Guilty Pleasure: tie between ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction and Black Dynamite

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