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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.

Please find below the films press screening this week, Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Press screenings for SIFF 2019 usually take place at AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine Street), Monday through Thursday at 10 am, 12 noon, and 2 pm (unless otherwise noted).

**Starting next week, your credentials can be picked up May 6 through 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.

Please note: the 2 pm screening Wednesday, May 8 is press only.


Press Screening Summary

Monday, May 6th
10 am - We Are the Radical Monarchs
12 noon - Olympic Dreams
2 pm - Wild Rose

Tuesday, May 7th
10 am - Frances Ferguson
12 noon - Honeyland
2 pm - Roll Red Roll

Wednesday, May 8th
10 am - Sink or Swim
12:15 pm - Yomeddine
2 pm - PRESS ONLY

Thursday, May 9
10 am - Art of Self-Defense
12 noon - Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
2 pm - The Nightingale


Monday, May 6

10 am

WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, May 19 at 1 pm at Ark Lodge Cinemas
Saturday, June 1 at 11 am at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11

USA | 2019 (96 min)

Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Follow the founding and growth of the Radical Monarchs, an Oakland-based alternative to the Girl Scouts for young women of color (ages 8 to 13) at the front lines of social justice and allyship.

12 noon

OLYMPIC DREAMS

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 9:15 pm at Majestic Bay Theatres
Saturday, May 18 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11

USA | 2019 (83 min)

Director: Jeremy Telcher
Cast/featuring: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy, Morgan Schild, Jamie Anderson

Shot on location during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Nick Kroll and co-writer Alexi Pappas (herself a former Olympian) star in this charming romantic comedy about a volunteer dentist and a competing cross-country skier who meet cute at Athlete Village.

2 pm

WILD ROSE

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Friday, May 24 at 9:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

USA | 2018 (101 min)

Director: Tom Harper
Cast/featuring: Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo, Julie Walters

Ex-con Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) yearns to break free of her humdrum Glasgow life and become a Nashville country-music star in this inspiring and toe-tapping dramedy co-starring Oscar® nominees Sophie Okonedo and Julie Walters.

Tuesday, May 7

10 am

FRANCES FERGUSON

Festival Screenings:
Monday, May 20 at 6:30 pm at Majestic Bay Theatres
Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 am [sic] at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, May 26 at 4:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11

USA | 2019 (77 min)

Director: Bob Bylington
Cast/featuring: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Jennifer Prediger, Bill Wise

Nick Offerman's narration adds savor to this bone-dry comedy about a Nebraska substitute teacher (Katey Wheless) whose crushing discontent drives her to an ill-advised transgression.

12 noon

HONEYLAND

Festival Screenings:
Tuesday, May 21 at 7 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, May 25 at 11 am at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

USA | 2019 (85 min)

Directors: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
A painstakingly unobtrusive camera records one Macedonian woman's simple life: gathering wild honey, selling it in Skopje, caring for her bedridden mother, and eventually clashing with an interloping farm family who threatens her ecologically precarious occupation.

2 pm

ROLL RED ROLL

Festival Screenings:
Monday, May 20 at 4:30 pm at Majestic Bay Theatres
Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2018 (80 min)

Director: Nancy Schwartzman
Cast/featuring: Alexandria Goddard, Rachel Dissell

In this infuriating but necessary documentary, a girl is raped by high-school football players – a crime discovered when they boast about it via texts and Twitter – and the town closes ranks to protect . .  yep, the players.

Wednesday, May 8

10 am

SINK OR SWIM

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 6:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11
Sunday, May 26 at 6 pm at Shoreline Community College

France | 2018 (122 min)

Director: Gilles Lallouche
Cast/featuring: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Virginie Efira, Leïla Bekhti, Marina Foïs

Mathieu Amalric (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) heads an all-star French cast as a man who, suffering from a mid-life crisis, puts together his local pool's first all-male synchronized swimming team.

12:15 pm

YOMEDDINE

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 17 at 8:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Monday, May 20 at 4:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11

Egypt | 2018 (97 min)

Director: A.B. Shawky
Cast/featuring: Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz

In this unabashed heart-tugger, a man disfigured by leprosy leaves his colony, joined by an orphan, to travel across Egypt and search for the family who abandoned him as a child.

2 pm

PRESS ONLY

 

Thursday, May 9

10 am

ART OF SELF-DEFENSE

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 31 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Saturday, June 1 at 3:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2019 (104 min)

Director: Riley Stearns
Cast/featuring: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola, Steve Terada, David Zellner

Jesse Eisenberg stars as a wimp who joins a karate studio run by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, only to realize that something deeply sinister is happening within the dojo's walls, in this blackly comic satire on toxic masculinity.

12 noon

ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH

Festival Screenings:
Monday, May 20 at 7 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11 (North American Premiere)
Thursday, May 23 at 4 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Canada | 2018 (87 min)

Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky
Cast/featuring: Alicia Vikander

The filmmakers of MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (SIFF 2006) construct a beautiful and timely meditation on humanity's massive, destructive reengineering of the planet and the ways in which we've permanently altered its climate. Narrated by Oscar®-winner Alicia Vikander.

2 pm

THE NIGHTINGALE

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 PM at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Australia | 2018 (136 min)

Director: Jennifer Kent
Cast/featuring: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood

In director Jennifer Kent's brutal western, her follow-up to arthouse horror hit THE BABADOOK, a vengeful Irish convict-woman and an Aboriginal tracker stalk a group of British soldiers through the Tasmanian wilderness.


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Today, "J" and I went to three press screenings. Normally, Friday is not a press screening day, except on the first Friday. Anyway, the films:

Mouthpiece is adapted from a stage play, and in a lot of ways it feels like it. Good.

Van Goghs is a Russian film about the strained relationship between an old man and his middle aged son. Good, but very Russian.

Fall of the American Empire is a film movie about a man who finds a lot of dirty money. Very good comedy.

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