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SIFF press screenings, week one
Press Screenings May 4 - 6

Seattle International Film Festival
Press Screenings

Dear [SIFF passholder or press member],

I'm incredibly excited to present the very first Press Screening schedule to you – perhaps as excited as you are to be opening it! We are looking at the start of a truly exciting Festival this year, and I hope to see those of you that can make it at the Press Screenings tomorrow morning and the Members' meeting tomorrow evening. I'm looking forward to connecting back up with those of you I haven't seen since last June!


Eddy Dughi
Membership Coordinator

Press screenings for the 42nd Seattle International Film Festival take place Monday through Thursday at 10 AM, 12 noon, and 2 PM (unless otherwise noted) at AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St). Screenings will not take place on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day.) Screenings are open to all eligible passholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

When attending press screenings, please bring your SIFF-issued pass and check in with SIFF staff before entering the theater. Late seating is at the discretion of theater management and subject to availability.

Pass pickup will be available for pickup at press screenings beginning May 4th.

[Update] Unfortunately the price that we were quoted for the Seattle Center Community College garage was incorrect. Parking passes for this garage will be $125 instead of $100.

US Distributor: Seventh Art Productions
Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Creative Streak

UNITED KINGDOM 2015 (92 min)
Director: Phil Grabsky
Featuring: Leif Ove Andsnes, Gustavo Dudamel

Shedding new light on a classic composer and his relationship to modern orchestras, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes spends four years attempting to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven's five piano concertos.

Festival Screenings:
Mon May 23 | 6:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wed May 25 | 4:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Press Screening: noon
Mood: Dare

UNITED KINGDOM 2015 (97 min)
Director: Helen Walsh
Cast: Lauren McQueen, Brogan Ellis, Stephen Lord, Liam Ainsworth

A teenaged girl struggling to support her siblings in a dingy British housing project gets the news that her abusive father is about to be paroled, in this gritty tale of adolescence evoking the teen narratives of Andrea Arnold and Pawel Pawlikowski.

Festival Screenings:
Sun May 22 | 8:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wed May 25 | 6:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

US Distributor: FilmRise
Press Screening: 2:00 pm
Mood: Love

SPAIN/ARGENTINA 2015 (108 min)
Director: Cesc Gay
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi
A wise and tender ode to friendship, of man and dog, two middle-aged men reunite in Madrid and spend four days taking unexpected detours, reflecting on loves, losses, triumphs, and regrets. Winner of five Goya Awards including Best Picture.

Festival Screenings:
Sun May 29 | 4:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Mon May 30 | 6:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Fri June 3 | 9:00pm | Shoreline Community College
Director Cesc Gay scheduled to attend May 29 and 30 screenings

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Open My Eyes

ARGENTINA 2015 (93 min)
Director: Fernando Salem
Cast: Verónica Gerez, Pilar Gamboa, Marilú Marini, Miriam Odorico, María Ucedo

When her father passes away, sheltered Celina takes over his job as a traveling encyclopedia salesperson, training with a veteran saleswoman and setting out on her first road trip in order to earn enough money to travel to Italy and find her mother.

Festival Screenings:
Sat May 21 | 5:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sun May 22 | 3:30pm | Majestic Bay Theatres
Mon June 6 | 3:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Fernando Salem scheduled to attend May 21 and 22 screenings

Press Screening: noon
Mood: WTF

USA 2016 (101 min)
Director: Clay Liford
Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis

Sexually questioning high-school freshman Neil (Michael Johnston, Teen Wolf) discovers a new creative outlet when his new friend Julia (Hannah Marks, Awkward) takes him down the rabbit hole of online erotic fan fiction.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 4:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sat May 21 | 8:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Clay Liford scheduled to attend both screenings

US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Press Screening: 2:00 pm
Mood: Creative Streak

ISRAEL 2015 (80 min)
Director: Ido Haar
Featuring: Kutiman, Samantha Montgomery

An inspirational true-life fairy tale about a talented black woman from a poor New Orleans neighborhood whose a cappella YouTube performances capture the attention of an Israeli music producer, turning her into an international singing sensation.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 7:00pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sat May 21 | 1:00pm | AMC Pacific Place
Princess Shaw (Samantha Montgomery) scheduled to attend both screenings

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Creative Streak

SWITZERLAND/CUBA 2015 (70 min)
Director: Eileen Hofer
Featuring: Alicia Alonso, Viengsay Valdés, Amanda de Jesús Pérez Duarte

An observational documentary showcasing the discipline and dedication of three generations of Cuban ballerinas, including Alicia Alonso, the 93-year-old founder of the National Ballet of Cuba who refused to give up her work even after losing most of her eyesight.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 3:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Tue May 24 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place

US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Press Screening: noon
Mood: Thrill Me!

NORWAY 2015 (100 min)
Director: Nils Gaup
Cast: Thorbjorn Harr, Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju, Pal Sverre Hagen

Set in the vast snowy wilderness of 11th-century Norway, this epic action adventure, based on historical legend, is like Game of Thrones on skis, as two members of a warrior clan raise swords and arrows to protect the infant heir to the throne.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 7:00pm | Majestic Bay Theatres
Mon May 23 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Press Screening: 2:00pm
Mood: Love

USA 2016 (109 min)
Cast: James Schamus
Featuring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein, Ben Rosenfield

Frequent Ang Lee collaborator James Schamus steps into the director's chair to adapt Philip Roth's novel about an independent-minded college student (Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) at odds with the mindset of 1950s America.

Festival Screenings:
Sat May 21 | 6:30pm | AMC Pacific Place
Sun May 22 | 3:00pm | Lincoln Square Cinemas
Director James Schamus scheduled to attend both screenings

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