SIFF 2017: Highlights of the film festival’s second week

The Seattle International Film Festival continues this week at screens all over town. Here are a few highlights from Seattle Times movie reviewers.

The Seattle International Film Festival continues this week at screens all over town. Here are a few highlights from movie reviewers John Hartl, Moira Macdonald, Brent McKnight and Michael Upchurch. For more information, see siff.net. For tips on how to navigate the festival, go to seattletimes.com/movies.

“500 Years” ★★★  

In 1983, director Pamela Yates came to Seattle to show “Guatemala, When the Mountains Tremble,” her feature-length history of the largely Mayan country that has been dominated for centuries by a handful of wealthy families. This week she’s returned to fill in those missing years of genocide, corruption and disappearances (it’s estimated that 100,000 have died this way). The protests that lead to the overthrow of a president carry hard-to-avoid echoes of recent demonstrations in the U.S. Yates is scheduled to attend the screening. (3:15 p.m. May 26, Uptown) — John Hartl

Afterimage” ★★★  

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The final film of acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s near 70-year career presents a warts-and-all portrait of revolutionary avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski. Boguslaw Linda embodies the aging artist who struggles against the rising tide of Communist censorship, inspires awe and devotion in his students and has an almost hostile relationship with his young daughter. He’s simultaneously charismatic, sympathetic and maddening. Deliberately paced, bleak and a touch repetitive, “Afterimages” is a swan song from one of the greats, who, like his subject, leaves viewers with a treatise on how to look at the world. (3:30 p.m. May 26, Uptown) — Brent McKnight

Angry Inuk” ★★★  

Less a pro-seal-hunting documentary than an impassioned plea for cultural…

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