That first "F" in SIFF stands for film, not food, but there's plenty of onscreen eating at the festival to entertain the culinary-minded moviegoer. As a supplement to Seattle Weekly's coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival, Voracious will highlight the program's films of particular interest to those viewers who spend more time in dining rooms than screening rooms.
Did you catch the piece in last Sunday's New York Times about Germany's corps of "anti-chaos crusaders"? The municipal workers are charged with making sure people don't ride their bikes on the grass or forget to shovel their sidewalks.
If a member of the order patrol stumbled across the picnic depicted in Precise Peter, an animated short created by University of Kassel student Martin Schmidt, he'd probably beam for days.
In the film, Precise Peter grills a fish for his Colorform-like family of four. But he wants everything just so, meaning the plates have to align with the lines in the picnic tablecloth and everyone must chew in unison. But his children struggle to neatly cut their portions, and the meal ends in a jumble of food and utensils.
The short's already won a slew of awards. According to the German Board of Film Classification - another agency dreamed up by those wacky Germans - the short is "lovably entertaining and animated with wit and ease."
The six-minute short's available on YouTube, but it's playing tomorrow as an entry in The Family Picture Show. If you're bringing the brood, Precise Peter would probably prefer if you marched, single-file, to the theater.