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SIFF press screenings Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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SIFF press screenings Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31

MAY 17 – JUNE 10

Tuesday, May 29 - Thursday, May 31, 2018

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

Screenings are open to passholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

When attending press screenings, please bring your SIFF-issued credentials and check in with SIFF staff before entering the theater. 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.

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

A Moment in the Reeds
Press Screening: 10 am

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Director Mikko Makela
Mood: Love
Finland | 2017 (107 min.)
Director: Mikko Makela
Cast/Featuring: Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsila

When literature student Leevi arrives at his father's summer home, he meets Syrian refugee Tareq who is working on the house. Their weekend affair exposes generational and cultural chasms in an outwardly peaceful setting in Finland's first gay romantic feature.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, May 31 | 9:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, June 1 | 3:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Long Dumb Road
Press Screening: 12 noon

Mood: Make Me Laugh!
USA | 2018 (90 min)
Director: Hannah Fidell
Featuring: Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga, Grace Gummer, Pamela Reed, Ron Livingston

Hannah Fidell's delightful odd-couple comedy follows a college photography student (Tony Revolori of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) on a road trip through the American Southwest who accidentally befriends a profane, alcoholic, and strangely loveable mechanic (comedic powerhouse Jason Mantzoukas).

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, May 30 | 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Eqyptian
Friday, June 1 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
Press Screening: 2 pm

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Director Muayad Alayan and Writer Rami Alayan
Mood: Thrill Me!
Palestine | 2018 (127 min)
Director: Muayad Alayan
Cast: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Mohammad Eid

This engrossing psychosocial drama begins when a casual love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man becomes twisted by the security forces of a divided Jerusalem, leading to a series of dangerous lies that could turn their illicit relationship into a political crisis.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 7 | 9:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place
Saturday, June 9 | 2:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Constructing Albert
Press Screening: 10 am

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Directors Laura Collado and Jim Loomis
Mood: Creative Streak
Spain | 2017 (82 min)
Directors: Laura Collado and Jim Loomis

After the closing of Spain's legendary el Bulli, the restaurant's unsung creative genius Albert Adrià, the younger brother of head chef Ferran, embarks on a herculean new endeavor—opening six completely unique restaurants in the heart of Barcelona to create a miracle mile of haute cuisine.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 1 | 4:30 PM | Kirkland Performance Center
Sunday, June 3 | 6:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place

Press Screening: 12 noon

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Producer Avril Speaks
Mood: Open My Eyes
USA | 2018 (92 min)
Directors: Nijla Mu'min
Cast: Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Dorian Missick, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Hisham Tawfiq, Kelly Jenrette

A rift develops between Summer, a carefree high school senior, and her mother, who has recently converted to a strict Islamic practice, that grows wider as the teen fights to discover her own identity and finds herself attracted to a Muslim classmate. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Writing at the SXSW Film Festival.

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, June 6 | 7:00 PM | AMC Pacific Place
Thursday, June 7 | 3:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Number One
Press Screening: 2 pm

Mood: Open My Eyes
France | 2017 (110 min)
Director: Tonie Marshall
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément, Richard Berry, Sami Frey, Benjamin Biolay

Emmanuelle Devos plays an ambitious corporate manager who aspires to be the first woman CEO of a major French company. However, when she finally gets a shot her position, she is quickly threatened by personal and political factors in this intelligent drama about corporate sexism.

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, June 3 | 5:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Tuesday, June 5 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Naples in Veils
Press Screening: 10 am

Mood: Thrill Me!
Italy | 2017 (112 min)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Alessandro Borghi, Peppe Barra, Anna Bonaiuto

The entrancing art, music, and architecture of the city of Naples form a sumptuous backdrop for this mystery-shrouded thriller of magic and superstition following a coroner who, after a whirlwind romance with a younger man, next sees him on her autopsy table.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, June 2 | 6:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center
Tuesday, June 5 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Wednesday. June 6 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Press Screening: 12:15 pm

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Writer/Director Eliran Elya
Mood: Creative Streak
Isarel | 2017 (88 min)
Director: Eliran Elya
Cast: Ran Danker, Adar Hazazi Gersch, Yaakov Aderet, Osher Amara, Liron Ben-Shlush

An emotionally scarred writer is sent to teach a group of juvenile delinquents in a small Israeli town, where he discovers a talent for encouraging his students to express themselves through filmmaking and forms a special bond with one troubled teen. Winner of Best First Feature and Best Cinematography at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Festival Screenings:
Sunday, June 3 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Monday, June 4 | 3:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

C'est la vie!
Press Screening: 2 pm

Mood: Make Me Laugh!
France | 2017 (115 min)
Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toldano
Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Macaigne

Providing a sober, chic, and elegant wedding party in a 17th-century French palace proves to be a tall order for a beleaguered caterer and his mishap-prone staff in the latest lovable French farce from the filmmaking team behind THE INTOUCHABLES.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 1 | 6:30 PM | Shoreline
Sunday, June 3 | 3:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sunday, June 10 | 5:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

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