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SIFF press screenings Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4, 2018

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 17 – JUNE 10
PRESS SCREENINGS

We're back! The time is upon us once again. The official, unofficial, start to SIFF... Press Screenings. Here is the highly anticipated list for week one. Enjoy!
-Mike


FILM TITLES ON EMBARGO UNTIL MAY 2, 2018

PRESS SCREENINGS
Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4, 2018

Press screenings for SIFF 2018 usually take place at AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine Street), Monday - Thursday at 10 am, 12 noon, and 2 pm (unless otherwise noted).

This week, press screenings will be held Wednesday through Friday. Additionally, mark your calendars as no press screenings will be shown on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day).

Please note that SIFF 2018 Lineup has not been announced – ALL titles are on Embargo until Wednesday (tomorrow) at 9 am.

**This week only: your pass will be available for pick up at the press screenings on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. After Friday, please arrange to pick up your pass at the SIFF Film Center between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm. SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison Street in Lower Queen Anne.

When attending press screenings, please bring your SIFF-issued credentials and check in with SIFF staff before entering the theater. Screenings are open to all passholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Theater doors will be locked promptly at showtimes. Late seating is not available.


Under the Tree
WEDNESDAY | MAY 2
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Press Screening: 10 am
Guests Scheduled to Attend: Director Hafsteinn Sigurðsson
Mood: WTF
Iceland | 2017 (89 min)
Director: Hafsteinn Sigurðsson
Cast/Featuring: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir

Two families living among the manicured lawns and IKEA furnished homes of suburban Iceland find themselves in an increasingly absurd and ultimately disastrous feud over the placement of a shade tree in this savage black comedy from the director of Either Way.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 18 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sunday, May 20 | 3:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Russian Five
WEDNESDAY | MAY 2
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12 noon

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Director Joshua Riehl
Mood: Show Me the World!
USA | 2018 (99 min)
Director: Joshua Riehl
Featuring: Wayne Gretzky, Darren McCarty, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Viacheslav Fetisov

Sports and politics clash in this compelling historical documentary about five Russian hockey stars who defected to America to join the Detroit Redwings in the 1980s, leading to the team’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 19 | 5:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, May 20 | 6:00 PM | Majestic Bay
Tuesday, May 29 | 9:00 PM | Shoreline Community College

Disobedience
WEDNESDAY | MAY 2
US Distributor: Bleecker Street
Press Screening: 2 pm

Mood: Love
United Kingdom | 2017 (114 min)
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Allan Corduner

Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola star in Oscar®-winning director Sebastián Lelio's (A Fantastic Woman) compassionate exploration of faith, sexuality, and freedom as told through the passionate love between two women within London's Orthodox Jewish community.

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, May 20 | 6:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Monday, May 21 | 6:30 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas


The Guilty
THURSDAY | MAY 3
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Press Screening: 10 am

Mood: Thrill Me!
Denmark | 2018 (85 min)
Director: Gustav Möller
Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Katinka Evers-Jahnsen

Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this innovative, claustrophobic thriller takes place in an emergency call center, where a dispatcher receives a panicked distress call from a woman, leading to a frantic rescue mission with a phone as the only resource.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 18 | 7:00 PM | Majestic Bay Cinemas
Friday, May 25 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Gold Seekers
THURSDAY | MAY 3
US Distributor: N.A
Press Screening: 12 noon

Mood: Thrill Me!
Paraguay | 2017 (102 min)
Directors: Juan Carlos Maneqlia, Tana Schémbori
Cast: Tomás Arredondo, Cecilia Torres, Christian Ferreira, Mario Toñanez, Sandra Sanabria

National Treasure meets The Goonies in this high-octane entertaining adventure from the makers of hit sensation 7 Boxes that begins when a teen finds an antique map pointing to hidden treasure, leading his band of whip-smart friends to stage a daring heist. Ages 13+

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 19 | 1:15 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Tuesday, May 29 | 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, June 3 | 9:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Breath
THURSDAY | MAY 3
US Distributor: FilmRise
Press Screening: 2 pm

Mood: Show Me the World!
Australia | 2017 (115 min)
Director: Simon Baker
Cast: Samson Coulter, Ben Spence, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh

Two Australian teens in the 1970s discover the liberating world of surfing and find a mentor in an enigmatic big wave rider (The Mentalist star Simon Baker, making his directorial debut) who pushes them to take increasingly dangerous risks, from the novel by Tim Winton. Ages 17+

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, May 24 | 9:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, May 25 | 3:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, June 3 | 8:15 PM | Kirkland Performance Center


Sweet Country
FRIDAY | MAY 4
US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Press Screening: 10 am

Mood: Thrill Me!
Australia | 2017 (112 min)
Director: Warwick Thornton
Cast: Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie

Set in the majestic Australian outback, director Warwick Thornton's (Samson and Delilah) slow-burn Indigenous Western follows an Aboriginal ranch hand struggling against the bitterly divided frontier society that has forced him to go on the run after a violent act of self-defense.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 19 | 12:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, May 26 | 6:30 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas

Making the Grade
FRIDAY | MAY 4
US Distributor: N/A
Press Screening: 12:15 pm

Mood: Creative Streak
Ireland | 2017 (96 min)
Director: Ken Wardrop

Every year over 30,000 students prepare for rigorous and daunting piano exams in Ireland. Welcoming audiences into living rooms, music studios, and churches, this edifying documentary explores the bond between teachers and pupils as well as the intense musical dedication required to make the grade.

Festival Screenings:
Tuesday, May 22 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, May 26 | 11:00 AM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sunday, June 3 | 1:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center

American Animals
FRIDAY | MAY 4
US Distributor: The Orchard
Press Screening: 2 pm

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Director Bart Layton
Mood: Thrill Me!
USA | 2018 (116 min)
Director: Bart Layton
Cast: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd

Turning the heist movie inside out, filmmaker Bart Layton (The Imposter) exhilaratingly dramatizes the outrageous story of four dimwitted college friends who, inspired by their favorite films, hatch a preposterous scheme to steal a multimillion-dollar rare book collection.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 19 | 9:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, May 20 | 1:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place


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