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SIFF press screenings, week three - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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SIFF press screenings, week three
Press Screenings May 16 - 19

Seattle International Film Festival
Press Screenings

Dear [pass-holder or press member],

I hope you've been enjoying the press screenings so far! We're all incredibly busy preparing for Opening Night, where I hope you'll join us to usher in the Festival properly with an exciting film and fantastic party.

I would like to remind you once more that we will not be using queue cards for line management at any SIFF 2016 screening. Passholders will be required to be in the designated Passholder line, which will open 60 minutes prior to the scheduled screening time. The Passholder line may enter the venue 25 minutes prior to the scheduled screening time, or when the venue staff is ready to load the house. Please note there is no holding space in line for late arriving Passholders. We feel this will improve your venue experience – no more tracking down queue cards, just finding your place in line and enjoying the screening.

See you at the movies!

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 not permitted.

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Thrill Me!

FRANCE 2015 (97 min)
Director: Christian Duguay
Cast: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Thierry Neuvic, Margaux Chatelier, Thylane Blondeau

In a new chapter of the beloved saga of Belle & Sebastian (SIFF 2014), the now-10-year-old hero and his brave, shaggy dog embark on an exciting adventure to rescue Sebastian's mom, who is lost after her plane crashes deep in the forest.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 4:30pm | Majestic Bay Theatres
Sun May 22 | 11:00am | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sat May 28 | 1:00pm | Shoreline Community College

US Distributor: Sundance Selects
Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Creative Streak

NETHERLANDS 2016 (88 min)
Director: Maurice Dekkers
Featuring: René Redzepi, Lars Williams, Rosio Sanchez, Thomas Frebel, Dan Giusti

Charismatic Copenhagen-based chef René Redzepi, whose NOMA has been hailed as one of the world's best restaurants, embarks on the thrilling, unprecedented challenge of relocating the restaurant and its entire staff from Denmark to Tokyo.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 4:30pm | AMC Pacific Place
Mon May 23 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place

US Distributor: IFC Films
Press Screening: 2:00 pm
Mood: Thrill Me!

USA 2016 (100 min)
Director: Jason Lew
Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss, Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang, Waleed Zuaiter

Recently released after being falsely imprisoned, an ex-con (Boyd Holbrook) meets the troubled wife of a particularly nasty cop (Elisabeth Moss) and begins a sultry romance that sends his fresh start down a dark and dangerous path.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Mon May 30 | 8:30pm | Shoreline Community College

US Distributor: IFC Midnight
Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Thrill Me!

USA 2016 (86 min)
Director: Mickey Keating
Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, James Landry Hébert, Larry Fessenden

A treat for lovers of the bloody grindhouse cinema of the '70s, this harrowing psycho-thriller stars Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills) as an unhinged sniper who terrorizes a bank-robbing duo and their hostage after they stumble into his desert killing fields.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 12:00midnight | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun May 22 | 9:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

US Distributor: The Orchard
Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Thrill Me!

POLAND/ISRAEL 2015 (94 min)
Director: Marcin Wrona
Cast: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Żulewska, Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, Adam Woronowicz,Tomasz Ziętek

Weddings can be nightmarish enough without a ghost crashing the party and possessing the groom, which is exactly what happens in this darkly humorous and genuinely creepy Polish horror tale based in part on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 9:30pm | AMC Pacific Place
Thu May 26 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

US Distributor: The Film Arcade
Press Screening: 2:00 pm
Mood: Make Me Laugh!

USA 2016 (92 min)
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard

From the riotous mind of Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me) comes a hilarious and heartfelt exploration of the bitterness, backstabbing, and lifelong friendships that occur behind the scenes with a struggling New York improv troupe.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 10 | 7:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sat June 11 | 11:00am | AMC Pacific Place
Director Mike Birbiglia scheduled to attend June 10 screening

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Love

DENMARK 2016 (93 min)
Director: René Frelle Petersen
Cast: Julie Brochorst Andersen, Simone Lykke, Alexandre Willaume

Yearning to find the biological father she never knew, Sofia and her naïve half-sister Olivia search far and wide and come upon a PTSD-suffering soldier in this harrowing coming-of-age drama.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 20 | 9:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sun May 22 | 11:30am | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Tue May 31 | 9:00pm | Lincoln Square Cinemas
Director René Frelle Petersen scheduled to attend May 20 & 22 screening

US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Press Screening: Noon
Mood: WTF

NEW ZEALAND 2016 (92 min)
Director: David Farrier & Dylan Reeve

Male-on-male competitive endurance tickling competitions may sound like harmless fun, but a much darker truth is revealed when a documentary filmmaker uncovers the predatory tactics of an exploitative figurehead behind the bizarre yet surprisingly profitable viral videos.

Festival Screenings:
Sat May 21 | 4:00pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Tue May 24 | 9:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Press Screening: 2:00pm
Mood: Show Me the World!

TURKEY 2016 (79 min)
Director: Ceyda Torun

Meet the most beloved residents of Istanbul: cats! For thousands of years these furry feline friends have had free rein over the streets and homes of this ancient metropolis, where the people revere them as spiritual creatures that bring joy and purpose.

Festival Screenings:
Sat May 21 | 11:00am | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sat May 28 | 3:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Mon May 30 | 12:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Ceyda Torun and producer Charlie Wuppermann scheduled to attend May 28 & May 30 screenings

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

CHILE/ARGENTINA 2016 (92 min)
Director: Pepa San Martín
Cast: Mariana Loyola, Agustina Muñoz, Julia Lubbert, Emilia Ossandon, Daniel Muñoz, Michaele Cristi

A young girl on the cusp of adolescence has her home life thrown into upheaval when her father, dismayed that his daughters are being raised by a lesbian couple, seeks to regain custody.

Festival Screenings:
Tue June 7 | 6:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wed June 8 | 3:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Pepa San Martín scheduled to attend both screenings

US Distributor: Music Box Films
Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Show Me the World!

FRANCE 2015 (89 min)
Director: Luc Jacquet
Featuring: Claude Lorius

Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) returns to Antarctica, this time with explorer and glaciologist Claude Lorius, to explore humanity's effect on the climate of the planet through air bubbles containing millennia-old clues.

Festival Screenings:
Sat May 21 | 11:30am | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wed May 25 | 7:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

US Distributor: IFC Midnight
Press Screening: 2:00pm
Mood: WTF

FRANCE 2015 (81 min)
Director: Lucile Hadžihalilovic
Cast: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Surreal and chilling, the latest from Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Innocence) unfolds on a remote island where the children are subjected to strange medical tests, while each night their guardian "mothers" congregate on the beach for a strange ritual.

Festival Screenings:
Sun May 29 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Mon May 30 | 1:30pm | AMC Pacific Place

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