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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 20 through Thursday, May 23, 2019.

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

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.


Press Screening Summary

Monday, May 20th
10 am - The Announcement
12 noon - Fly Rocket Fly
2 pm - All My Loving

Tuesday, May 21st
10 am - A Faithful Man
12 noon - Ms. Purple
2 pm - No. 1 Chung Ying St

Wednesday, May 22nd
10 am - #Female Pleasure
12 noon - Top End Wedding
2 pm - Celebration

Thursday, May 23rd
10 am - What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
12 noon - Tel Aviv on Fire
2 pm - Crystal Swan


Monday, May 20

10 am

The Announcement

Festival Screenings:
Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 pm at Lincoln Square
Saturday, June 8 at 5:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, June 9 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place

Turkey/Bulgaria | 2018 (95 min)
Director: Mahmut Fazil Coşkun
Cast/featuring: Ali Seçkiner Alici, Tarhan Karagöz, Murat Kiliç, Şencan Güleryüz

A deadpan black comedy based on a true failed 1963 military coup, as four retired colonels attempt, over one long night, to take over Turkey's national radio station.

12 noon

Fly Rocket Fly

Festival Screenings:
Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 pm at Majestic Bay Theatres
Saturday, May 25 at 1 pm at Lincoln Square
Monday, May 27 at 11 am at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Germany/Belgium | 2018 (90 min)
Director: Oliver Schwehm
Cast/featuring: Lutz Kayser, Frank Wuksch, Victor Löbermann, James Oberg, François Heisbourg

In 1975, decades before SpaceX, an impulsive German aerospace engineer founded the world's first private space travel company, OTRAG, and built an astonishing rocket testing compound in the jungles of Zaire that triggered an international political firestorm.

2 pm

All My Loving

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 24 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, May 25 at 1:15 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm at Shoreline Community College

Germany | 2019 (118 min)
Director: Edward Berger
Cast/featuring: Lars Eidinger, Hans Löw, Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Manfred Zapatka, Christine Schorn

The lives of, and choices made by, three 40ish siblings (a playboy pilot, a neurotic wife, and a harried student) are explored in this trifold drama.

Tuesday, May 21

10 am

A Faithful Man

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Wednesday, May 29 at 6:30 pm at Shoreline Community College

France | 2018 (75 min)
Director: Louis Garrel
Cast/featuring: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp

What's a guy to do when the woman who left him for his best friend returns to his arms a widow, also bringing her comely, lovestruck younger sister into their already complicated relationship?

12 noon

Ms Purple

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 24 at 8 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, May 25 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11

USA | 2019 (87 min)
Directors: Justin Chon
Cast/featuring: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, James Kang

In the latest from writer/director Justin Chon (SIFF 2017's Gook), a Koreatown karaoke hostess and her estranged brother are forced to reconnect as their bedridden father's health takes a turn for the worse.

2 pm

No. 1 Chung Ying Street

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Sunday, May 26 at 1:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Monday, May 27 at 3 pm at Lincoln Square

Hong Kong | 2018 (118 min)
Director: Derek Chiu
Cast/featuring: Fish Liew, Yau Hawk Sau, Lo Chun Yip

The title thoroughfare divides Hong Kong from Mainland China, and this drama similarly links two upheavals in the colony's history: the pro-Communist, anti-British riots of 1967 and the anti-China "Umbrella Revolution" of 2014.

Wednesday, May 22

10 am

#Female Pleasure

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 31 at 6:15 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 1 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place

Switzerland | 2018 (97 min)
Director: Barbara Miller
Cast/featuring: Deborah Feldman, Vithika Yadav, Rokudenashiko, Leyla Hussein, Doris Wagner

Hasidic Jew, Muslim, Shinto Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu: The five repression-battling women profiled in this doc come from different religious backgrounds but find that patriarchal fear of female sexual autonomy is universal.

12 noon

Top End Wedding

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, May 25 at 6 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, May 26 at 1 pm at Shoreline Community College
Monday, May 27 at 3:45 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Australia | 2019 (103 min)
Director: Wayne Blair, Batjala Mununjali Wakkawakka
Cast/featuring: Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox, Huw Higginson, Ursula Yovich, Shari Sebbens

A young Australian couple returns to the Indigenous bride's Northern Territory hometown to find Mom missing; their hunt takes them through luscious landscapes and culture-clash humor in this adorable rom-com.

2 pm

Celebration

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 24 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Saturday, May 25 at 9:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

France | 2018 (74 min)
Director: Olivier Meyrou

An opulent and immersive behind-the-scenes look at haute couture designer Yves Saint Laurent's final show before his death told through the eyes of longtime business partner Pierre Bergé, which was suppressed for the last two decades.

Thursday, May 23

10 am

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, May 26 at 7 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Wednesday, May 29 at 3:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2018 (95 min)
Director: Rob Garver
Cast/featuring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, Molly Haskell, David O. Russell, Alec Baldwin, Paul Schrader

Pulsatingly subjective, exhilaratingly assertive, compulsively absorbing, Pauline Kael wrote about movies in a way they'd never been written about before. Director Rob Garver examines her life and legacy as America's most controversial critic.

12 noon

Tel Aviv on Fire

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Friday, May 31 at 3:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium | 2018 (97 min)
Director: Sameh Zoabi
Cast/featuring: Kais Nashef, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Nadim Sawalha, Maisa Abd Elhadi

In this wry, insightful comedy, a production intern on a popular Palestinian telenovela makes nice with an Israeli checkpoint commander, who happens to have his own ideas for improving the show. What could go wrong?

2 pm

Crystal Swan

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 24 at 9 pm at Lincoln Square
Friday, May 31 at 8:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 1 at 2:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptwon

Belarus/Russia/Germany/USA | 2018 (93 min)
Director: Darya Zhuk
Cast/featuring: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuri Borisov, Svetlana Anikey, Anastasia Garvey

In this eye-popping, vitriolic comedy set in Belarus circa 1996, a young female DJ befriends a rural family in a scheme to obtain her U.S. visa so she can move to Chicago and pursue her house-music career.


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This morning, "J" had an appointment. I drove her there and waited. It didn't take long, and went well.

Next, we went to a car repair shop, but first the back-story. Quite some time ago, I noticed an empty washer fluid light on the car. I put off doing anything about it, because Seattle rains provide an abundant supply of natural washer fluid through much of the year. But when we had a stretch of dry weather, rain was not doing the job. I bought some fluid, opened up the hood, poured in fluid – and heard it running out and splashing on the pavement. I took a closer look, and found that the washer fluid vessel had a big crack. With a moment more looking, I discovered that the car's bumper had a big crack too.

I hadn't been in any collisions, so it must have been a parking lot hit-and-run, possibly dodging responsibility, possibly just clueless about the damage done. So, the other day I phoned GEICO and told the story of woe. Unfortunately, any kind of vehicle collision – even one damaged while parked and unoccupied – is counted as a collision claim, not a comprehensive claim. That meant the higher deductible would apply. Anyway, I got an appointment for today, to drop off the car for repairs.

We drove up, went through the paperwork for the repair company, the insurance company, and the rental car company that would provide a service loaner. All were efficient. We gathered essential stuff from the car (most notably our film festival passes), and hauled them to the vehicle the rental car guy had shown me.

The vehicle was huge. It's a Chevrolet Tahoe, a giant SUV. The rental guy said it was a free upgrade because it was their last vehicle, but bigness isn't necessarily an upgrade when I have to find a place to park it. I mentioned that to the rental guy, and he said I could exchange it later when more vehicles returned, ideally on Monday morning. I am not sure when I'll be able to make it to an exchange, given the SIFF schedule.
Update: I didn't have time to make the exchange, but the vehicle (which we dubbed the Monster Truck) was tolerable, and even came in handy for a cargo errand.

We visited parents in Bellevue for a while, and somehow we managed to foul up our film schedule, and saw none of those I had wanted to see: either Human Nature (a documentary about gene editing) or The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (a Cuban film with some science fiction elements), and either the drama The Third Wife or the locally-made comedy Good Kisser.

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