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SIFF Press Screenings May 15-19 - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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SIFF Press Screenings May 15-19

Dear Passholders,

Here we are again for another round of fantastic films brought to you for an exclusive sneak peek! A very exciting line up this week capped off by SIFF Opening Night Thursday, May 18th!

Best,
Mike D

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.


MONDAY, MAY 15

500 YEARS
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
Mood: Open My Eyes!

USA 2017 (108 min)
Director: Pamela Yates
Featuring: Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, Matilde Terraza Gallego, Daniel Pascual Hernández, Andrea Ixchíu Hernández, Julio Solórzano Foppa

From a historic genocide trial to the ousting of a president, director Pamela Yates tells the sweeping story of mounting resistance in Guatemala, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday May 25 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday May 26 | 3:15 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Pamela Yates scheduled to attend

THE WINTER
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
Mood: Provoke Me

ARGENTINA 2016 (98 min)
Director: Emiliano Torres
Cast: Alejandro Sieveking, Cristian Salguero, Adrián Fondari, Pablo Cedrón

An aging, resentful ranch foreman discovers that he is being replaced by a younger man, leading to a violent confrontation amid an unforgiving winter, in this visceral thriller whose award-winning cinematography strikingly captures the windswept wilds of Patagonia.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 7:00 PM | Majestic Bay
Tuesday May 23 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday June 3 | 1:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center

THE FARTHEST
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
Mood: Open My Eyes

IRELAND 2017 (121 min)
Director: Emer Reynolds
Featuring: Charley Kohlhase, Fran Bagenal, James F. Bell, John Casani, Suzanne Dodd

This celebration of NASA's Voyager space missions, which have traveled farther than anyone could ever have hoped, explores the magnificent machines' designs, the men and women who built them, and the vision that propelled them into the future.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 7:00 PM | Majestic Bay
Tuesday May 23 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday June 3 | 1:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center
Director Emer Reynolds scheduled to attend May 19 and May 23 screenings

TUESDAY, MAY 16

TEA PETS
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
Mood: Thrill Me!
WORLD PREMIERE

CHINA 2017 (98 min)
Director: Gary Wang
Voices of: SHI Lei, YUAN Zeyu, JI Guanlin

Popping off the screen with vivacious colors and beautifully composed action sequences, a group of tea pets―cute clay figurines that are good-luck charms for tea drinkers―embark on a magical animated adventure to find a fabled mystic.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday May 20 | 1:00 PM | Lincoln Square
Sunday May 21 | 11:30 AM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday June 4 | 1:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center

THE MAN
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
Mood: Creative Streak

DENMARK 2017 (94 min)
Director: Charlotte Sieling
Cast: Søren Malling, Jakob Oftebro, Ane Dahl Torp, Sus Wilkins

World-famous artist Simon is the king of the Danish art scene, but his confidence is shaken when long-lost son Caspar reappears and begins to eclipse his father in Charlotte Sieling's stylish and heartfelt story of learning to look past the male ego and let love rule.

Festival Screenings:
Sunday May 21 | 8:30 PM | Majestic Bay
Tuesday May 23 | 4:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday June 4 | 8:15 PM | Kirkland Performance Center

THE PARIS OPERA
US Distributor: Film Movement
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
Mood: Creative Streak

FRANCE 2016 (110 min)
Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron
Featuring: Stéphane Lissner, Benjamin Millepied

Spend a season amid the backstage hustle and bustle of The Paris Opera in this captivating chronicle that shines a spotlight on the complex army of collaborators who make one of the most prestigious performing-arts institutions in the world possible.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday June 3 | 3:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Monday June 5 | 6:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

FINDING KUKAN
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
Mood: Creative Streak

USA 2016 (75 min)
Director: Robin Lung
Featuring: Kelly Hu, Wan-Chao Chang, Clay David, Daniel Dae Kim, Richard Balin

A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the remarkable story of Li Ling–Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a 1941 Academy Award®-winning documentary revealing the atrocities of World War II China that has been lost for decades.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday May 27 | 12:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday May 28 | 7:00 PM | Pacific Place
Friday June 2 | 4:30 PM | Ark Lodge
Director Robin Lung scheduled to attend May 27 and 28 screenings

WEIRDOS
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
Mood: Love

CANADA 2016 (89 min)
Director: Bruce McDonald
Cast: Molly Parker, Allan Hawco, Julia Sarah Stone, Dylan Authors

Narrated by the imaginary spirit of Andy Warhol, Bruce McDonald's sparkling coming-of-age road journey is set in the summer of 1976, when best friends Kit and Alice leave their small town in Nova Scotia in search of Kit's eccentric mother (Molly Parker).

Festival Screenings:
Thursday May 25 | 7:00 PM | Pacific Place
Saturday May 27 | 4:15 PM | Pacific Place

STRUGGLE FOR LIFE
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
Mood: Make Me Laugh

BELGIUM 2016 (99 min)
Director: Antonin Peretjatko
Cast: Vincent Macaigne,Vimala Pons, Pascal Légitimus, Mathieu Amalric

In the tradition of classic French slapstick comes this laugh-a-minute satire about a hapless middle-aged suit sent to oversee the building of a ski resort in French Guiana, who meets a beautiful woman named Tarzan on an absurdist trip through the Amazon.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 19 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday May 20 | 6:00 PM | Majestic Place
Monday May 22 | 4:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

THURSDAY, MAY 18

THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS
US Distributor: GKids
Press Screening: 10:00 AM
Mood: Creative Streak

FRANCE 2016 (76 min)
Director: Sébastien Laudenbach
Cast: Voices: Anaïs Demoustier, Jéremie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Olivier Broche

Adapting a lesser-known fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, French animator Sébastien Laudenbach uses an elegant, minimalist, and hand-crafted painterly style to tell the legend of a girl who is sold to the Devil, then loses her hands when she attempts to escape.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday May 27 | 11:00 AM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Tuesday May 30 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

CITY OF GHOSTS
US Distributor: Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, IFC Films
Press Screening: 12:00 noon
Mood: Open My Eyes

USA 2017 (91 min)
Director: Matthew Heineman

In this achingly relevant report from the front, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) chronicles the group of anonymous activists risking their lives to document the ravaging of their native city of Raqqa, Syria, by ISIS.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 26 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday May 27 | 2:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Director Matthew Heineman scheduled to attend

THE ODYSSEY
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 2:00 PM
Mood: Show Me the World!

FRANCE 2016 (122 min)
Director: Jérôme Salle
Cast: Lambert Wilson Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas, Benjamin Lavernhe, Vincent Heneine

Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) revolutionized sea exploration with his vessel Calypso, crew of free-spirited adventurers, and inventive ideas. Filled with spectacular underwater sequences, this epic biopic explores the adventures as well as the home life of an iconic oceanographer.

Festival Screenings:
Friday May 26 | 7:30 PM | Shoreline Community College
Saturday May 27 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Monday May 29 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian


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