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SIFF press screenings, week four
Press Screenings May 23-26

Seattle International Film Festival
Press Screenings

Dear [pass-holder or press member],

Festival is officially rolling! I hope you've seen a few screenings, complete with our full kit of Festival trailers and bumpers– I think our creative team has outdone themselves this year. I'm hoping to see some of our new dance moves at some parties this year.

We have so much more excitement in store!

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.

US Distributor: Film Buff
Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Dare

CANADA 2015 (90 min)
Director: Andrew Cividino
Cast: Jackson Martin, Reece Moffett, Nick Serino

A cast of talented young newcomers star as three young boys—sheltered city kid Adam and wild cousins Nate and Riley—who spend summer vacation on the shores of Lake Superior testing their limits with rebellious acts of stolen liquor, cliff-jumping, and infighting.

Festival Screenings:
Mon May 30 | 3:30pm | Lincoln Square Cinemas
Tue May 31 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place
Thu June 2 | 4:30pm | AMC Pacific Place

US Distributor: Icarus Films
Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Show Me The World!

CHINA 2015 (115 min)
Director: Zhang Yang
Cast: Yang Pei, Nyima Zadui, Tsewang Dolkar, Tsring Chodron, Seba Jiangcuo

Chinese auteur Zhang Yang follows a group of Tibetan villagers as they brave the elements, earthquakes, and indifferent truck drivers during their gripping 13,000-mile "bowing pilgrimage" to the holy city of Lhasa.

Festival Screenings:
Thu May 26 | 6:30pm | Lincoln Square Cinemas
Fri May 27 | 4:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Zhang Yang scheduled to attend both screenings

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

FRANCE/BELGIUM 2015 (101 min)
Director: Alice Winocour
Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy, Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, Percy Kemp

Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) gives a tightly wound performance as a veteran with PTSD hired as a bodyguard for a wealthy man's wife (Diane Kruger) in a sleek and tense thriller from Alice Winocour, writer of 2015 Oscar®-nominee Mustang.

Festival Screenings:
Thu May 26 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Fri May 27 | 4:00pm | Lincoln Square Cinemas

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Love

SWEDEN 2015 (107 min)
Director: Andreas Öhman
Cast: Filip Berg, Madeleine Martin, Torkel Petersson, Fanny Ketter

Two young lovers meet in Stockholm and begin a whirlwind romance that sends them on an impromptu road trip through northern Sweden, where their summer adventure turns criminal in this Swedish mix of Bonnie & Clyde with a soft touch of Natural Born Killers.

Festival Screenings:
Fri May 27 | 7:00pm | Lincoln Square
Sat May 28 | 1:30pm | AMC Pacific Place
Sun May 29 | 6:30pm | AMC Pacific Place
Director Andreas Öhman scheduled to attend all screenings

US Distributor: Music Box Films
Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Make Me Laugh!

SWEDEN/NORWAY 2015 (116 min)
Director: Hannes Holm
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll

Based on the bestselling novel, Sweden's biggest hit of the year is an endearing, crowd-pleasing, and wonderfully curmudgeonly comedy about a grumpy old man who finds his caustic view of the world put to the test when a new family moves in next door.

Festival Screenings:
Sat May 28 | 6:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun May 29 | 1:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Press Screening: 2:00 pm
Mood: Dare

CZECH REPUBLIC 2015 (95 min)
Director: Olmo Omerzu
Cast: Karel Roden, Vanda Hybnerová, Daniel Kadlec, Jenovéfa Boková, Eliska Krenkova, Martin Pechlát

The members of a Czech family find themselves lost at sea after a couple leave their children alone to go on vacation in this droll black comedy where everyone, even the family dog, must face the dangers of independence.

Festival Screenings:
Mon May 30 | 8:30pm | Lincoln Square Cinemas
Thu June 9 | 9:15pm | Ark Lodge Cinemas
Sat June 11 | 12:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Show Me the World!

KAZAKHSTAN 2015 (105 min)
Director: Yermek Tursunov
Cast: Yerzhan Nurymbet, Elina Abay Kyzy, Kuandyk Kystykbayev, Alexander Karpov, Roza Khairullina

Yermek Tursunov (Kelin, The Old Man) completes his trilogy about Kazakh identity, in which an orphaned young boy takes to the mountains and lives among a pack of wolves in the days before WWII.

Festival Screenings:
Mon May 30 | 9:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sat June 4 | 9:30pm | AMC Pacific Place
Sun June 12 | 4:00pm | AMC Pacific Place

Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Love

CANADA (QUÉBEC) 2015 (98 min)
Director: François Bouvier
Cast: François Létourneau, Gilbert Sicotte, Julie Le Breton, Louise Portal, Shanti Corbeil-Gauvreau

Michel Rabagliati's celebrated graphic novel The Song of Roland comes to life in this charming, wryly funny, and uplifting tale of a graphic designer and his relationship with his dying father-in-law.

Festival Screenings:
Thu June 2 | 8:00pm | Kirkland Performance Center
Sat June 4 | 11:00am | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun June 5 | 5:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

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

USA 2016 (97 min)
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Cast: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Erykah Badu

Yearning to escape the mean streets of Cleveland, four teenage skateboarders turn to petty crime only to run afoul of a local drug queenpin. Featuring supporting work from Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) and Grammy-winning singer Erykah Badu.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 3 | 9:00pm | Ark Lodge Cinemas
Sat June 4 | 1:30pm | AMC Pacific Place

US Distributor: Music Box Films
Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Open My Eyes

FRANCE/POLAND 2016 (115 min)
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Vincent Macaigne

French filmmaker Anne Fontaine's deeply moving new drama takes place in 1945 Poland, where a young French Red Cross doctor discovers an order of Benedictine nuns searching for help and redemption after a series of assaults by the "liberating" Red Army.

Festival Screenings:
Thu June 2 | 7:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sat June 4 | 8:45pm | Kirkland Performance Center

Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Open My Eyes

ICELAND 2015 (99 min)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Cast: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Rade Šerbedžija

The second feature from director Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano, SIFF 2012) follows the travails of 16-year-old Ari, who must grow up quickly when he is sent to the remote, working-class Westfjords to live with his deadbeat father.

Festival Screenings:
Sun May 29 | 9:15pm | AMC Pacific Place
Tue May 31 | 4:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Rúnar Rúnarsson scheduled to attend both screenings

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

NEW ZEALAND 2016 (93 min)
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley

The latest from New Zealand director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) is a heartwarming adventure comedy about a "bad egg" foster kid who triggers a manhunt when he escapes into the forest with his cantankerous new guardian (Sam Neill).

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 3 | 6:00pm | Kirkland Performance Center
Sat June 4 | 8:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

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