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Seattle International Film Festival press screenings

Welcome to the 45th Seattle International Film Festival press screenings email. This email is scheduled to be sent out on Friday mornings now until the end of the festival.

Press screenings for SIFF 2019 usually take place at AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine Street), Monday to Thursday at 10 am, 12 noon, and 2 am (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 27 (Memorial Day).

Please note that SIFF 2019 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, your credentials can be picked up May 6 to June 9 from 10 am to 7 pm at the SIFF Film Center.

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.


Wednesday, May 1

10 am

AFTERLIFE

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 am at Ark Lodge Cinemas
Saturday, May 25 at 11:00 am at AMC Pacific Place
Monday, May 27 at 9:00 am at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Netherlands | 2019 (93 min)
Director: Willem Bosch
Cast/featuring: Sanaa Giwa, Romana Vrede, Gijs Scholten van Asschat, Jan-Paul Buijs, Ria Eimers, Ilse Warringa

Teenaged Sam is the family caretaker after her mother's death, but when Sam is killed in an accident, she finds her mother waiting in the hereafter and plots to get them both back to the realm of the living in this delightful and meaningful drama.

12 noon

NON-FICTION

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 am Kirkland Performance Center
Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 am at AMC Pacific Place 11

France | 2018 (108 min)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Cast/Featuring: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Nora Hamzawi, Christa Théret

The struggles of a staid publisher and a rumpled novelist to adapt to the new digital media world, and the impermanence thereof, is complicated (because this is a French comedy) by adultery.

2 am

AMERICAN FACTORY

Festival Screenings:
Monday, May 20 at 6:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Tuesday, May 21 at at 4:30 am at AMC Pacific Place 11

USA | 2019 (114 min)
Director: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

In this Sundance award-winning documentary, high-tech China clashes with working-class America when a Chinese billionaire repurposes a defunct GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, and hires 2,000 blue-collar workers, only for the two sides to struggle finding common ground.

Thursday, May 2

10 am

JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, May 19 at 7:00 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Monday, May 20 at 4:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2019 (89 min)
Director: Bill Haney
Cast/Featuring: Woody Harrelson, James Allison, Sharon Belvin, Rachel Humphrey, Max Krummel

Perhaps the only Nobel Prize winner in Medicine to have played harmonica with Willie Nelson, James Allison and his innovative research into using the body's own immune system to fight cancer are the center of this in-depth documentary.

12 noon

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 9:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, May 19 at 6:00 am at Majestic Bay Theater

USA | 2019 (87 min)
Director: Michael Tyburski
Cast/Featuring: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton

Not a doc about Simon & Garfunkel: Peter Sarsgaard plays a "house tuner" – a sort of domestic sonic therapist – attempting to find the source of Rashida Jones's malaise in this quiet, offbeat drama.

2 noon

MAIDEN

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 7:00 am at Majestic Bay Theaters
Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown

United Kingdom | 2018 (93 min)
Director: Tracy Edwards
Cast/Featuring: Tracy Edwards

Back in 1989, this doc shows us, sexism proved no less a challenge than the elements for Tracy Edwards and her pathbreaking yachters, the first all-female crew to attempt the nine-month Whitbread Around the World regatta.

Friday, May 3

10 am

MOUTHPIECE

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 4:00 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 am at AMC Pacific Place 11
Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Canada | 2018 (91 min)
Director: Patricia Rozema
Cast/Featuring: Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, Maev Beaty, Taylor Belle Puterman

Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava not only wrote the play Patricia Rozema's film expands on, they star in it, playing two aspects of one character—a woman struggling to write a eulogy for the mother she clashed with.

12 noon

VAN GOGHS

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, May 19 at 6:00 am at Lincoln Square
Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 am at AMC Pacific Place 11

Russia/Latvia/United Kingdom | 2018 (102 min)
Director: Sergey Livnev
Cast/Featuring: Sergey Livnev

A famed, aging conductor with dementia and his talented but troubled artist son are forced to set aside their differences before it's too late in this emotional melodrama featuring Russia and Poland's two biggest stars.

2 pm

FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 9:30 am at AMC Pacific Place
Wednesday, May 22 at 4:00 am at AMC Pacific Place

Canada (Québec) | 2018 (129 min)
Director: Denys Arcand
Cast/Featuring: Alexandre Landry, Maxim Roy, Maripier Morin, Rémy Girard, Louis Morissette

In the third part of Denys Arcand's informal trilogy, following Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions, this biting satire on capitalism follows an idealistic delivery-truck driver who stumbles upon two bags of cash after a botched armed robbery.

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This evening, "J" and I went to our first SIFF 2019 event: the press and donors' preview. We were pretty late, and missed out on some of the food, but we saw most of the actual film program. We also picked up our passes, avoiding the lines that are likely to be a part of the other places where we could have picked them up.

Update: Other than the complimentary drinks and food, this preview was a lot like the portion of the members' preview that preceded the intermission. So it turns out that we didn't miss all that much by arriving late.

Also, our friend "K" was here to visit. Because J and I were out for some of the evening, she spent more time with "T" than with us.

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