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SIFF press screenings, week five
Press Screenings May 31 - June 2

Seattle International Film Festival
Press Screenings

Good afternoon!

Folklife is in full swing here at Seattle Center, so there's plenty of fare food to be had if you're braving the crowds to catch some Uptown and Film Center screenings this weekend. Due to the holiday weekend, we are starting our press screenings for the week on Tuesday, but we have public screenings starting at 11:00 AM on Monday morning, so there's no shortage of films to watch!

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 credentialed press 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: Creative Streak

IRELAND 2015 (82 min)
Director: Conor Horgan
Featuring: Rory O'Neill (Panti Bliss)

Outrageously entertaining drag queen Panti Bliss became an accidental activist after her comments about homophobia in Ireland, dubbed Pantigate, lead to international attention that helped pave the way for Ireland's historic referendum on gay marriage.

Festival Screenings:
Thu June 2 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place
Sat June 4 | 12:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Conor Horgan and subject Rory O'Neill (Panti Bliss) scheduled to attend both screenings

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

BELGIUM 2015 (112 min)
Director: Jo Van Dormael
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Francois Damiens, Pili Groyne

In this madcap religious satire from Jaco Van Dormael, all Hell breaks loose when the daughter of God—who turns out to be a cantankerous, vindictive slob living in Brussels—informs Earth's mortals of the exact dates of their demise.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 3 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun June 5 | 2:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Press Screening: 2:00pm
Mood: Open My Eyes

ARGENTINA 2016 (77 min)
Director: Melisa Liebenthal
Featuring: Melisa Liebenthal, Josefina Roveta, Victoria D'Amuri, Camila Magliano, Michelle Sterzorvsky, Sofía Mele

24-year-old filmmaker Melisa Liebenthal gathers her friends to reflect on modern societal pressures concerning beauty, friendship, and their uncomfortable relationships with their appearance and sexuality—especially in the age of selfies and social media.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 3 | 6:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sat June 4 | 3:00pm | Ark Lodge Cinemas
Director Melisa Liebenthal scheduled to attend both screenings

Press Screening: 10:00 am
Mood: Make Me Laugh!

UNITED KINGDOM 2016 (106 min)
Director: Chanya Button
Cast: Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing, Joe Dempsie, Alison Steadman

A female buddy-comedy road trip, aptly named after an excerpt from Kerouac's "On the Road," Burn Burn Burn joins Seph and Alex as they stow their late friend's ashes in Tupperware and take off to fulfill his last wishes of being scattered across the UK.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 3 | 6:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sat June 4 | 2:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Chanya Button and actress Laura Carmichael scheduled to attend both screenings

Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Love

FRANCE 2016 (98 min)
Director: Laurent Tirard
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cédric Kahn

Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as an charming architect who charms a single lawyer over the phone into meeting for a first date, which takes an unexpected twist when it is revealed that he is only 4'6" tall, in this comedic French romance of mismatched coupling.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 10 | 8:30pm | Kirkland Performance Center
Sat June 11 | 6:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun June 12 | 12:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

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

USA 2016 (93 min)
Director: Jim Hosking
Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo

A modern masterpiece of bad taste, this grotesquely hilarious exercise in juvenile depravity and cheesy gore introduces a pair of disco tour guides whose town is terrorized by a slimy maniac who crushes skulls and eats eyeballs.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 10 | MIDNIGHT | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun June 12 | 8:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown

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

ISRAEL 2016 (87 min)
Director: Elite Zexer
Cast: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masarwa

Two Bedouin women, a teenager and her mother, dare to defy polygamist marital traditions in southern Israel. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Festival Screenings:
Fri June 3 | 11:00am | AMC Pacific Place
Wed June 8 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Thu June 9 | 8:30pm | Kirkland Performance Center
Director Elite Zexer scheduled to attend June 8 screening

Press Screening: Noon
Mood: Open My Eyes

USA 2016 (90 min)
Director: Ben Bowie and Geoff Luck

More than a nature documentary, this tale of an orphaned baby elephant growing up in a Botswana rescue camp who does everything she can to survive against the odds is loaded with edge-of-your-seat moments, eye-opening information, and adorable animal footage.

Festival Screenings:
Sun June 5 | 4:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Mon June 6 | 6:00pm | Kirkland Performance Center
Directors Ben Bowie and Geoff Luck scheduled to attend both screenings

US Distributor: The Orchard
Press Screening: 2:00 pm
Mood: Open My Eyes

USA 2016 (91 min)
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Featuring: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

A young autistic man emerges from his internal life after his father discovers that they can communicate through dialogue from beloved Disney films in a beautiful and remarkable story based on the best-selling book by journalist Ron Suskind.

Festival Screenings:
Wed June 8 | 7:00pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Thu June 9 | 4:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Director Roger Ross Williams and actor Ron Suskind scheduled to attend both screenings

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