The Seattle International Film Festival is upon us once again. We’ve already told you about our own involvement with the festival via our photo booth, but SIFF brings the world’s greatest films to Seattle, showcasing every genre imaginable. There is no shortage of entertaining options to be found, so here are (more than) a few of the films we are interested in seeing!
Little Forest - Summer/Autumn - May 18, 6:30pm & May 24, 12pm
Junichi Mori’s mouthwatering quartet of hour-long culinary chamber pieces begins when Ichiko returns to her countryside childhood home and lives off the land, cooking extraordinarily breathtaking Japanese dishes based on the ingredients of the season.
Little Forest - Winter/Spring - May 19, 6:30pm & May 24, 3pm
Junichi Mori’s seasonal culinary masterpiece concludes as Ichiko embraces the limitations of the winter season and the ultimate triumph of spring. Filled with more unbelievably gorgeous Japanese cooking and gentle self-discovery.
Virtuosity - May 20, 6:30pm, May 21, 4:30pm, & May 24, 3:30pm
Held every four years in Fort Worth, The Cliburn is one of the world’s most prestigious and grueling piano competitions. This intimate and satisfyingly suspenseful documentary affords a prime seat for all the drama.
World of Tomorrow - May 21, 7pm
A new Don Hertzfeldt short playing as part of ShortsFest Opening Night. ShortsFest weekend begins with this collection of superb short films from around the world that exemplify the art of storytelling in all its variety. Comedy and drama, live action and animation-these films prove that short is truly sweet.
Dreams Rewired - May 22, 8:30pm & May 23, 12pm
Tracing anxieties about technology back to the 1880s, Dreams Rewired combines clips from nearly 200 films and newsreels with an insightful commentary by Tilda Swinton on our eternal love/hate relationship with a hyper-mediated world. North American Premiere.
808 - May 23, 9:30pm & May 25, 1pm
Where were you the first time that you heard the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer? You may not recognize the machine’s name, but you know its sound. Though only 12,000 808s were manufactured between 1980 and 1983, the 808 has become quite possibly the most influential musical instrument of the last 35 years.
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll - May 23, 2:15pm, June 2, 9:15pm, & June 3, 3pm
In 1975 the Khmer Rouge began systematically eliminating all traces of Western influenced culture and arts, including the flourishing new music scene mixing Western rock ‘n’ roll with Cambodian female vocals. This documentary is a celebration of the music and its triumph over destruction.
Paper Planes - May 23, 12pm, May 31, 1:30pm & June 7, 12pm
Robert Connelly’s charming crowd-pleaser follows 12-year-old Dylan as he folds his way to the World Paper Championships in Japan. Ages 6+
Fiddlesticks - May 24, 12pm, May 30, 11:30am, & May 31, 1pm
A gang of rambunctious young children happen upon a book of world records and decide to cure their town of its 100% averageness once and for all. All Ages
The Satellite Girl - May 24, 1pm & May 25, 11am
A cow, a satellite girl, and an enchanted roll of toilet paper band together to try to set the world right in this unusual animated comedy. With surreal situations full of laughter, rocket arms, and giant plunger monsters, Satellite Girl And Milk Cow is an unforgettable tale of friendship. Subtitled, Ages 8+
The Forecaster - May 25, 2015, 4pm & May 29, 1:30pm
Using his mysterious Economic Confidence Model, Martin Armstrong predicted financial market crises and global conflicts with incredible precision, until the FBI seized his computer model and put him in prison for twelve years. Now he’s back—with his scariest prediction yet.
Liza, the Fox-Fairy - May 25, 12pm, June 3, 8:30pm, & June 5, 3:45pm
Blending Japanese folklore with Amélie-inspired artistic direction, this dark fairytale follows Liza, a young woman looking for love who may or may not be a fox-fairy, an evil demon who sucks the souls out of the men she meets.
Steak (R)evolution - May 25, 1:15pm & May 26, 7pm
This tasty documentary takes us around the globe exploring all of the intricacies that go into an outstanding steak, from marbling to bovine diet. You will be fascinated and hungry by the time it’s over.
The Invisible Boy - May 26, 7pm & June 1, 7pm
Introverted Michele often wishes he could just disappear. One very stressful day, he does, and quickly must learn to use his newfound supernatural powers to fight a powerful evil organization and win the girl in this innovative science fiction fairy tale with an auteur twist from Oscar®-winner Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo).
I Kissed a Girl - May 29, 6pm, June 6, 9:45pm, & June 7, 1:30pm
Waking up next to a beautiful and charming Swedish woman could be the beginning of a perfect love story. But maybe not for Jérémie, who thought his life was already perfect, and was about to get married—to his boyfriend.
All Things Must Pass - May 30, 7pm & May 31, 3pm
In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. Five years later, the company was bankrupt. First-time director Colin Hanks blends insider interviews and archival footage in this insightful music industry chronicle of the rise and fall of the biggest success story in record store history.
Ghadi - June 2 6pm, June 5, 11am & June 7, 7pm
In this irresistible and charming fable, the clueless residents of a tiny Lebanese village get touched by an angel when an imaginative and resourceful father hatches a plan to outsmart their intolerance for his young son born with Down syndrome.
Experimenter - June 4, 6:30pm & June 6, 1:30pm Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder star in this biographical drama about Stanley Milgram and his famous Yale “obedience experiments” of manipulation, authority, and electric shocks. History, science, and human order collide in unexpected ways.
The Glamour & the Squalor - June 3, 7pm & June 5, 4:15pm
Seattle DJ Marco Collins stars in this unflinching documentary about media fame and addiction, which tracks his rise, fall, and resurrection as an influential promoter of grunge, alternative rock, and electronic dance music.
Dope - June 6, 9pm & June 7, 2pm
Like a 21st century urban update of Ferris Bueller, this remarkably fresh comedy follows a trio of friends, fronted by college-bound ’90s hip-hop head Malcolm, who stumble into a duffle bag full of designer party drugs, leading them down a riotous rabbit hole into the criminal underbelly of the hood.
SIFF runs from May 14-June 7.