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Seattle International Film Festival press screenings

Please find below the final films press screening the week of, Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Press screenings for SIFF 2019 usually take place at AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine Street), Monday - Thursday at 10 am, 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, June 3rd
10 am - I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
12:30 pm - Burning Cane
2  pm - The Awakening of the Ants

Tuesday, June 4th
10 am - An Almost Ordinary Summer
12 noon - Long Time No Sea
2 pm - The Ground Beneath My Feet

Wednesday, June 5th
10 am - House of Hummingbird
12:30 pm - Driveways
2 pm - Halston

Thursday, June 6th
10 am - Miriam Lies
12 noon - Aurora
2 pm - MEMORY - The Origins of Alien


Monday, June 3

10 am

I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 6 at 9 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sunday, June 9 at 5:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Romania/Czech Republic/France/Bulgaria/Germany | 2018 (140 min)
Director: Radu Jude
Cast/featuring: Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Serban Pavlu

Grappling with questions of history, violence, nationalism, and art, an ambitious young theater director faces censorship when she attempts to stage a reenactment of the 1941 Odessa Massacre.

12:30 pm

Burning Cane

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, June 7 at 3:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2019 (78 min)
Director: Phillip Youmans
Cast/featuring: Wendell Pierce, Karen Kaia Livers, Dominique McClellan, Braelyn Kelly

Phillip Youmans, an 18-year-old filmmaker out of New Orleans, crafts this remarkable, Malick-esque drama set among the cane fields of rural Louisiana about a religious woman's struggles between her faith and her troubled family.

2 pm

The Awakening of Ants

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, June 5 at 7 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Thursday, June 6 at 4:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place

Costa Rica/Spain | 2019 (94 min)
Director: Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
Cast/featuring: Daniella Valenciano, Leynar Gómez, Isabella Moscoso, Avril Alpízar, Adriana Álvarez

On the surface, Isa's life seems lovely: adorable daughters, a pleasant husband. But her surrealist imaginings suggest a suppressed revolt against the societal and domestic pressures placed on her.

Tuesday, June 4

10 am

An Almost Ordinary Summer

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 7 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Saturday, June 8 at 12 noon at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Italy | 2019 (100 min)
Director: Simone Godano
Cast/featuring: Alessandro Gassmann, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Jasmine Trinca, Filippo Scicchitano

In this positive, feel-good LGBTQ comedy from Italy, two families don't realize they're being brought together for a wedding, and especially not one for their respective, aging patriarchs.

12 noon

Long Time No Sea

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm at Lincoln Square
Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11
Saturday, June 8 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place 11

Taiwan | 2018 (97 min)
Directors: Heather Tsul
Cast/featuring: Shang He-huang, Zhong Jia-jun, Feng Ying-li

In this box-office smash from Taiwan, a young island boy yearning to see his father again and a rookie teacher come together to train for an Indigenous dance competition that will bring them closer to their dreams.

2 pm

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, June 5 at 9:30 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Thursday, June 6 at 3 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Austria | 2019 (108 min)
Director: Marie Kreutzer
Cast/featuring: Valerie Pachner, Mavie Hörbiger, Pia Hierzegger

In this Austrian psychodrama, a workaholic business consultant, her life already complicated by caring for her paranoid-schizophrenic half-sister (and her affair with her boss), begins to feel her own mental state destabilizing.

Wednesday, June 5

10 am

House of Hummingbird

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 7 at 8:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 8 at 11:30 am at SIFF Cinema Uptown

South Korea/USA | 2018 (138 min)
Director: Bora Kim
Cast/featuring: Park Ji-hu, Kim Sae-byuk, Lee Seung-yeon, Jeong In-gi

Think Eighth Grade in South Korea: Reticent 14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her nascent sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994 (equally tumultuous for her country), until a sympathetic teacher helps her navigate it all.

12:30 pm

Driveways

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 7 at 7 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 8 at 12:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2019 (83 min)
Director: Andrew Ahn
Cast/featuring: Hong Chau, Brian Dennehy, Lucas Jaye, Christine Ebersole, Jerry Adler

Andrew Ahn (SIFF 2016's Spa Night) directs this bittersweet drama about a sensitive Asian-American boy who, over a summer in upstate New York, helps his mother clean out her recently deceased sister’s house and becomes friends with the reclusive retiree next door.

2 pm

Halston

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 7 at 4 pm at AMC Pacific Place
Sunday, June 9 at 9:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown

USA | 2019 (105 min)
Director: Frédéric Tcheng

Relive the roller-coaster career of the designer whose innovative clothes not only gave women new freedom, but who fabulously heightened both the role of fashion in American culture and of American fashion on the world stage.

Thursday, June 6

10 am

Miriam Lies

Festival Screenings:
Monday, May 20 at 9 pm at Lincoln Square
Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, June 9 at 12 noon at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Dominican Republic/Spain | 2018 (90 min)
Director: Natalia Cabral
Cast/featuring: Dulce Rodríguez, Carolina Rohana, Pachy Méndez, Frank Perozo, Vicente Santos

Preparations for biracial teen Miriam's birthday get complicated when her online suitor—and assumed quinceañera date—turns out to be black, driving a series of tales and cover-ups against the backdrop of a deeply segregated society.

12 noon

Aurora

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 7 at 4 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Saturday, June 8 at 9 pm at AMC Pacific Place

Finland | 2019 (106 min)
Director: Miia Tervo
Cast/featuring: Mimosa Willamo, Amir Escandari, Oona Airola, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Miitta Sorvali

A poor, hard-partying nail technician reluctantly agrees to play matchmaker for an Iranian refugee so he and his young daughter can stay in Finland in this cross-cultural romantic drama.

2 pm

MEMORY - The Origins of Alien

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, June 8 at 7 pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

USA | 2019 (93 min)
Director: Alexandre O Philippe

More than a standard making-of doc, this film explores the cultural forces that led to the creation of Alien and its far-reaching impact since its world premiere at SIFF 1979.


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