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SIFF press screenings Monday, June 4, 2018 through Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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SIFF press screenings Monday, June 4, 2018 through Thursday, June 7, 2018

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MAY 17 – JUNE 10
PRESS SCREENINGS

PRESS SCREENINGS
Monday, June 4, 2018 - Thursday, June 7, 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).

*The 2:00 PM screening on Tuesday, June 5 is PRESS ONLY.*

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.


The Blessed
MONDAY | JUNE 4
Press Screening: 10 am

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Writer/Director Sofia Djama
Mood: Show Me the World
Algeria | 2017 (102 min.)
Director: Sofia Djama (Debut Feature Film)
Cast/Featuring: Sami Bouajila, Nadia Kaci, Faouzi Bensaidi, Amine Lansari, Lyna Khoudri, Adam Bessa

Set over the course of a single night, director Sofia Djama's warm, intimate drama explores the societal changes that have happened in the 20 years since the Algerian Civil War as experienced through two generations, a middle-aged couple celebrating their anniversary and their teenaged son hanging out in the city with his friends.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 7 | 8:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, June 8 | 12:15 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Brewmaster
MONDAY | JUNE 4
Press Screening: 12 noon

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Director Douglas Tirola
Mood: Creative Streak
USA | 2018 (91 min)
Director: Douglas Tirola
Featuring: Drew Kostic, Brian Reed, Sam Calagione, Jen Kimmich, John Kimmich, Jim Koch, Garrett Oliver, Rob Tod

Tap into the craftsmanship, passion, and innovation of the modern craft beer industry through the stories of an ambitious New Yorker opening his first brewery and a Milwaukee educator striving to become a Master Cicerone, the brewers equivalent of a sommelier.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 8 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Sunday, June 10 | 1:45 PM | AMC Pacific Place (Director Douglas Tirola not scheduled to attend)

Retablo
MONDAY | JUNE 4
Press Screening: 2 pm

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Writer/Director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio
Mood: Love
Peru | 2018 (101 min)
Director: Alvaro L. Aparicio
Cast: Magaly Solier, Amiel Cayo, Junior Bejar Roca

Set in an isolated Peruvian village, a 14-year-old boy's world is jarringly turned upside-down when he accidentally discovers his troubled artist father's secret in this absorbing drama about familial strife and disillusionment.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 7 | 6:45 PM | AMC Pacific Place
Saturday, June 9 | 11:00 AM | AMC Pacific Place


Naila and the Uprising
TUESDAY | JUNE 5
Press Screening: 10 am

Guests Scheduled to Attend: Director Julia Bacha and Executive Producer Suhad Babaa with Prod. Jen Marlowe
Mood: Open My Eyes
Palestine | 2017 (76 min)
Director: Julia Bacha

Weaving together interviews, news footage, and expressive animation, award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha inventively chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh, who in the late 1980s joined a clandestine movement of Palestinian women who played a pivotal role in the nonviolent uprising known as the First Intifada.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 7 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown | Director Julia Bacha and Executive Producer Suhad Babaa with Prod. Jen Marlowe scheduled to attend
Sunday, June 10 | 12:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown | Co-Producer Jen Marlowe scheduled to attend

The Heiresses
TUESDAY | JUNE 5
Press Screening: 12 noon

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Writer/Director Marcelo Martinessi
Mood: Open My Eyes
Paraguay | 2018 (95 min)
Directors: Marcelo Martinessi
Cast: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, Maria Martins

The bond of a longtime couple is tested when one is sent to prison for debt and the other rediscovers her passions while chauffeuring wealthier older ladies in this Berlinale Silver Bear-winning drama.

Festival Screenings:
Wednesday, June 6 | 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown (On Standby)
Thursday, June 7 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

2:00 PM: PRESS ONLY
TUESDAY | JUNE 5


Rush Hour
WEDNESDAY | JUNE 6
Press Screening: 10 am

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Writer/Director Luciana Kaplan and Subjects Mike and Nicole Monosky
Mood: Open My Eyes
Mexico | 2017 (79 min)
Director: Luciana Kaplan

Three different characters in three different cities in three different countries, all united by the fact that they spend almost half their lives commuting to and from work. A colorful and lyrical documentary about the grueling everyday sacrifices we make to support our loved ones and ourselves.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 8 | 7:00 PM | AMC Pacific Place
Saturday, June 9 | 12:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown (LIMITED TICKETS)

Little Tito and the Aliens
WEDNESDAY | JUNE 6
Press Screening: 12 noon

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Actor Miguel Herrera
Mood: Make Me Laugh
Italy | 2017 (92 min)
Director: Paola Randi
Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Clemence Poesy

In this moving family drama, a widowed Italian scientist living isolated within a shipping container smack dab in the middle of nowhere Nevada is asked to care for his teenage niece and precocious young nephew, forcing his curmudgeonly heart to find new life.

Festival Screenings:
Thursday, June 7 | 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Friday, June 8 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sunday, June 10 | 4:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place (Actor Miguel Herrera not scheduled to attend)

Girls Always Happy
WEDNESDAY | JUNE 6
Press Screening: 2 pm

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Writer/Director Mingming Yang and Producer Jing Yang
Mood: Make Me Laugh
China | 2018 (117 min)
Director: Mingming Yang
Cast: An Nai, Mingming Yang, Xianmin Zhang, Qinqin Li, Wei Huang

In her bitingly funny feature debut, filmmaker Yang Mingming plays a young college graduate stuck living at home with her mother, where parent and child exchange increasingly sarcastic barbs about everything from marriage to money to table manners, without realizing that they are much more alike than they care to admit.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 8 | 3:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 9 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown (ON STANDBY)


Chedeng & Apple
THURSDAY | JUNE 7
Press Screening: 10 am

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Director Fatrick Tabada
Mood: Make Me Laugh
Philippines | 2018 (97 min)
Directors: Rae Red, Fatrick Tabada
Cast: Gloria Diaz, Elizabeth Oropesa

Two best friends are on the run from the law and their children after one decapitates her abusive husband and packs his head in her favorite Louis Vuitton bag in this absurd but heartfelt Filipino comedy.

Festival Screenings:
Saturday, June 9 | 7:00 PM | AMC Pacific Place
Sunday, June 10 | 2:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

My Name is Myeisha
THURSDAY | JUNE 7
Press Screening: 12 noon

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Actor Rhaechyl Walker
Mood: Provocateurs
USA | 2017 (85 min)
Director: Gus Krieger
Cast: Rhaechyl Walker, John Merchant, Dominique Toney, Dee Dee Stephens, Gregg Daniel

At the moment of African-American teenager's death at the hands of police, we enter a dreamscape of her mind and learn of the life she leaves behind, all told through hip-hop, spoken word poetry, and dance. Based on a play by Rickerby Hinds.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 8 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 9 | 1:45 PM | AMC Pacific Place

Anchor and Hope
THURSDAY | JUNE 7
Press Screening: 2 pm

Guest Scheduled to Attend: Director Carlos Marques-Marcet and Executive Producer Pau Brunet-Fuertes
Mood: Love
Spain | 2017 (112 min)
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Cast: Natalia Tena, Oona Chaplin, David Verdaguer, Geraldine Chaplin

A lesbian couple (Natalia Tena and Oona Chaplin) living in bohemian style on a riverboat along London's picturesque Regent's Canal find themselves on a bittersweet journey of love and its vagaries when they decide to start a family by asking an old college friend to donate his sperm.

Festival Screenings:
Friday, June 8 | 9:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, June 9 | 12:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown


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