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Press Screenings May 3-5

Dear SIFF 2017 Passholders,

I'm very excited to present to you the official schedule for week one of SIFF Press Screenings! 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 introducing myself and hanging out for some truly exciting screenings!

Best,

Mike DeStefano
Membership & Development Associate

Update: I initially put these behind cuts, but when they fall off the front page that seems unnecessary – and for some reason long blocks of text don't format correctly when the cut is opened.

Press screenings for the 43rd 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 also take place on Friday, May 5th and 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 press credentials and check in with SIFF staff before entering the theater. Late seating is at the discretion of theater management and subject to availability.

Hold review films are marked with an asterik (*). See below for SIFF's hold review policy and an up-to-date list of hold review films.


WEDNESDAY MAY 3

AFTERIMAGE
US Distributor: Film Movement
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
SIFF Publicist: Riley Siewert
Mood: Open My Eyes

POLAND 2016 (100 min)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Cast: Boguslaw Linda, Bronislawa Zamachowska, Zofia Wichlacz

In the final film from Andrzej Wajda (Walesa, Man of Hope) beloved Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, known for his playful avant-garde paintings and sculptures, finds his life upended when the Stalinist regime insists that he embrace only "Socialist Realist" art.

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday May 24 | 9:30 PM | Pacific Place Cinemas
Friday May 26 | 3:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

PYROMANIAC
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
SIFF Publicist: Sophia Perez
Mood: Provoke Me

NORWAY 2016 (96 min)
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Cast: Trond Hjort Nilssen, Per Frisch, Liv Bernhoft Osa, Henrik Rafaelsen, Agnes Kittelsen, Gerdi Schjelderup

Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia) returns with a slow-burn psychological thriller based on the true story of a fire chief's son of who terrorizes his rural community with a series of increasingly dangerous fires over the course of a long, hot summer.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday May 20 | 1:00 PM | Majestic Bay Cinemas
Monday May 22 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wednesday May 31 | 6:30 PM | Shoreline Community College

HELLO DESTROYER
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
SIFF Publicist: Riley Siewert
Mood: Provoke Me

CANADA 2016 (110 min)
Director: Kevan Funk
Cast/Featuring: Jared Abrahamson, Kurt Max Runte, Joe Dion Buffalo, Paul McGillion, Ian Tracey

A painfully shy minor-league hockey player discovers a cutthroat, brutal world of institutionalized violence that turns his life upside down in this acclaimed drama of alienation and the often-toxic culture of male masculinity.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday May 20 | 9:30PM | Pacific Place Cinemas
Sunday May 21 | 3:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Director Kevan Funk scheduled to attend

THURSDAY MAY 4

FOOD EVOLUTION *
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
SIFF Publicist: Sara Wainwright
Mood: Provoke Me

USA 2016 (92 min)
Director: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Featuring: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Michael Pollan, Charles Benbrook

Documentarian Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden) and narrator Neil de Grasse Tyson unfold the polarizing debate surrounding the use of GMOs, separating hype from science for a fresh and provocative perspective on one of the most critical issues facing global society today.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 7:00PM | Pacific Place Cinemas
Saturday May 20 | 11:30 AM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Scott Hamilton scheduled to attend

CHAVELA
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
SIFF Publicist: Sophia Perez
Mood: Creative Streak

USA 2017 (90 min)
Director: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Featuring: Chavela Vargas, Pedro Almodóvar

An arresting portrait of Mexican music icon Chavela Vargas, the rabble-rousing, cigar-smoking lesbian iconoclast famous for bringing audiences to tears, who staged an amazing comeback at age 72 thanks in part to the efforts of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday May 20 | 11:00AM | Pacific Place Cinemas
Directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi scheduled to attend

LEMON *
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
SIFF Publicist: Sara Wainwright
Mood: Make Me Laugh!

USA 2017 (83 min)
Director: Janicza Bravo
Cast: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long, Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed

Janicza Bravo's utterly absurdist dark comedy of failure, awkwardness, and pathos stars Brett Gelman (Eagleheart) as a middle-aged misanthropic acting teacher waiting for his big break who enters a downward spiral after his blind girlfriend leaves him.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Saturday May 20 | 1:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Director Janicza Bravo and actor Brett Gelman scheduled to attend

FRIDAY MAY 5

ETHEL & ERNEST
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
SIFF Publicist: Sophia Perez
Mood: Love

LUXEMBOURG 2016 (94 min)
Director: Roger Mainwood
Voices of: Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Luke Treadaway, Raymond Briggs

Based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman), this humane and funny animated tribute to his parents Ethel (Brenda Blethyn) and Ernest (Jim Broadbent) charts their tender love story from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 1:30PM | Pacific Place Cinemas
Sunday May 21 | 12:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

A DRAGON ARRIVES!
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
SIFF Publicist: Riley Siewert
Mood: Thrill Me!

IRAN 2016 (105 min)
Director: Mani Haghighi
Cast: Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

Police Inspector Hafizi wakes up on a desert island and must piece together the puzzle of his abduction while working a murder case in this delightfully unconventional and entertaining Iranian mashup of gumshoe noir and phantasmagorical ghost story.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday May 20 | 6:00 PM | Lincoln Square
Monday May 22 | 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday June 3 | 12:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
SIFF Publicist: Riley Siewert
Mood: Love

GERMANY 2016 (125 min)
Director: Chris Kraus
Cast: Lars Eidinger, Adèle Haenel, Jan Josef Liefers, Hannah Herzsprung

Lars Eidinger (Personal Shopper) stars as a short-tempered Holocaust researcher struggling with his family's past who finds his barriers breaking down after being saddled with a frank and unconventional female assistant (two-time Cesar-winner Adèle Heanel).

Festival Screenings:
Monday May 22 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wednesday May 24 | 6:30 PM | Lincoln Square
Thursday May 25 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown


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