SIFF

If you’re an avid reader of our sister blog, The Thread, you might have caught our recent coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)—including a Q&A with its organizers, photos from its opening-night Jimi Hendrix flick, and a look at menswear mastermind Raf Simons’ new gig.

SIFF is the biggest festival of its kind—this year’s consisted of 435 films screened back-to-back at multiple venues during the course of 25 days—and while we hit upon a few highlights, we couldn’t come close to seeing it all. Which is why we asked our Nordstrom colleague Liz Marklewicz (a film buff whose fiancé gave her a SIFF pass as a gift—take note on that one, guys) to catch us up.

Keep reading to preview Liz’s three favorite SIFF flicks—which encompass Australian musician Nick Cave, Dazed & Confused director Richard Linklater, Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men and more.

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As you bask in the afterglow, and shredded Christmas gift wrap (and enjoy your spoils like Ralphie here), you might find yourself in the mood for the time-honored pleasure of ye olde Xmas movie. While basic cable is at the ready with a multitude of traditional yuletide standards, leave it to our friends at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF for short) to subvert expectations.

Keep reading for three new, interactive twists on Christmas flicks from SIFF—which include swashbuckling, olfactory stimulation and chinese food—each of which you can re-create at home.

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SIFF Movie Picks: Dune

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Today, cult classic sci-fi by the director of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. Think of it as Star Wars’s troubled cousin.

DUNE
Director: David Lynch
(Part of SIFF’s Tribute to Kyle MacLachlan

From SIFF.net: A Duke’s son leads desert warriors against a galactic emperor and an evil nemesis to avenge his father, free their world, and to control the spice. (More info)

Screening in Seattle:
June 8 – 8:30pm SIFF Cinema Uptown

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Today, a date movie you’ll both enjoy, where everything isn’t all roses and one-liners.

9 FULL MOONS
Director: Tomer Almagor

From SIFF.net: A powerful, brooding love story about the seemingly implausible relationship of two radically different personalities somehow always meant for each other. Set against the hipster music scene of Southern California with a remarkable performance from Amy Seimetz. (More info)


[9 Full Moons star Amy Seimetz, photographed by Williams + Hirakawa for Flaunt Magazine.]

From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “A love letter to the City of Angels that centers on the relationship of two seemingly mismatched lovers who can’t seem to figure out that they’re perfect for each other. Starring the remarkable and rising talent Amy Seimetz—series regular on AMC’s The Killing and in motion pictures like The Off Hours, Upstream Color, Tiny Furniture and more.”

Screening in Seattle:
June 6 – 7:00pm SIFF Cinema Uptown – World Premiere
June 8 – 1:45pm Harvard Exit

 

SIFF is pleased to offer Nordstrom customers
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to the Seattle screening on June 6!
Available while supplies last. Register for free tickets here.

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Nab tickets if you’re in Seattle, or look for them on DVD and in theaters near you if you’re elsewhere.

PRINCE AVALANCHE
Director: David Gordon Green

From SIFF.net: Stern, meditative Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s insecure brother, Lance (Emile Hirsch), spend the summer together repainting traffic lines on country highways in this exquisitely crafted existential odd-couple comedy, a true return for David Gordon Green [of Pineapple Express and HBO’s Eastbound & Down] to the style of his early indie films George Washington andAll the Real Girls. (More info)

From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “Quirky and hilarious, but also character-driven and intimate. Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd are captivating as two lost souls stuck on an isolated and seemingly endless road to nowhere, with nothing to talk about but their relationships with women and each other. A film for men that women will also find thoroughly amusing.”

Screening in Seattle:
June 1 – 9:00pm SIFF Cinema Uptown – Director David Gordon Green scheduled to attend
June 4 – 4:30pm SIFF Cinema Uptown

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team.

HER AIM IS TRUE
Director: Karen Whitehead

From SIFF.net: Starting in the 1960s, revered rock music photographer Jini Dellaccio created startling and artistic portraits for bands like The Sonics and The Wailers, rejecting the boring five-member line-up and producing iconic album covers. She’s now 96, living in Seattle, and as cool as ever. World Premiere. (More info)

From Beth Barrett, SIFF’s Director of Programming:Her Aim is True is an extraordinary story of a groundbreaking local artist, Jini Dellaccio. From her early years as a saxophonist with the ‘girl groups’ of the Depression era to the stunning photographic portraits of 1960s musicians breaking the mold, Jini brings passion and sophistication to her iconic art. Karen Whitehead’s film connects us to a true Seattle treasure.”

Screening in Seattle:
May 26 – 4:00pm Harvard Exit – World Premiere
May 27 – 2:00pm Harvard Exit

 
 

Further Reading:
See more photos by Jini Dellaccio,
and watch more SIFF Picks movie trailers.

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest and most highly-attended event of its kind (and, in our opinion, the coolest—screening everything from alluring art flicks to twisted sci-fi). During the 39th-annual fest, now through June 9, we’ll be sharing favorite films hand-picked for us by the SIFF team. Nab tickets if you’re in Seattle, or look for them on DVD and in theaters near you if you’re elsewhere.

FLIGHT OF THE STORKS
Director: Jan Kounen

From SIFF.net: This stylish, globetrotting psychological thriller plays like David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo mixed with the amnesiac, wrong-man madness of Christopher Nolan’s Memento to create a tale of diamonds, dames, and killer storks. (More info)

From Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director: “A powerhouse in France, Kounen has never received the international recognition that he deserves. An art-school graduate who started working in animated short films, he has been a favorite director of mine since his first feature, the hyper-stylized gangster film Dobermann [1997, starring Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci]. His chameleonic directorial skills were further illustrated by chronicling the infamous love affair of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, his mystical reworking of the Western genre with Blueberry (aka Renegade), and a portrait of the modern advertising world with 99 Francs. His latest film, Flight of the Storks, is based on the hugely popular crime-thriller novel by the same name, published in fifteen languages, by the author whose work also provided the basis for Mathieu Kassovitz’s The Crimson Rivers.”

Screening in Seattle:
May 25 – 8:30pm AMC Pacific Place
May 27 – 10:00am Harvard Exit

 

SIFF is pleased to offer Nordstrom customers
COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS to the Seattle screening on May 25!
Available while supplies last. Register for free tickets here.

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Vying for the attention of a foxy film buff? In the Seattle vicinity and searching for something to do? Or are you simply a cinema-appreciating citizen of the world, with a thirst for knowledge about the latest, greatest, weirdest developments in moving pictures?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you should know: The Seattle International Film Festival (aka SIFF)—the largest and most highly attended fest of its kind—is happening now through June 9.

Think film festivals are too artsy-fartsy? Consider this: Alien (yes, that Alien) world-premiered at SIFF in 1979—

Not sure about you, but that’s most definitely our kind of film festival. Planning a special evening tonight (Saturday, May 18)? If your date is the prim and proper type, try ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘I Love Lucy’ in French romcom Populaire:


[Get tickets for Populaire here.]

…If, on the other hand, the object of your affection has a freaky side, treat him or her to a midnight screening of homegrown horror compilation V/H/S/2:


[Get tickets for V/H/S/2 here.]

As if three weeks packed with 447 SIFF films weren’t awesome enough, the festival includes An Evening with Kyle MacLachlan—complete with a Q&A, screening of the ‘Twin Peaks’ pilot, and reception (we hope they serve black coffee and cremated bacon). Check out SIFF’s tribute to one of our generation’s finest, oddest actors below—along with a choice ‘Twin Peaks’ scene:


 

For info, showtimes, and to purchase tickets,
visit SIFF’s official website.

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From R. Kelly to The Princess Bride, Seattle residents can always count on our friends at the Seattle International Film Festival—aka SIFF—to serve up something unexpected. (Besides organizing the US’s largest film festival each year, SIFF also hosts film events year-round.)

To celebrate December 12, 2012 (12/12/12—get it?), and count down with a signature dark sense of humor to midnight, December 21 (a dire date according to certain interpretations of the Mayan calendar), SIFF is screening a series of apocalyptic films.

It all starts tonight with Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi mind-bender 12 Monkeys (trailer above), and culminates 12/21 with a scientific debunking of the movie 2012 (starring John Cusack) by Neutrino Astrophysicist Jason Detwiler, PhD—followed by a 21+ party with post-apocalypse-themed music videos as the backdrop. Other highlights in the series include Dawn of the Dead (destroyed by zombies!), Planet of the Apes (destroyed by primates!) and Children of Men (destroyed by infertility!). What a way to go.


[Clockwise from top left: Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, Matthew Broderick in WarGames, Clive Owen in Children of Men, and Britney Spears—a featured artist along with Duran Duran, Billy Idol, 2Pac, the Scorpions and more—in SIFF’s Post-Apocalypse Music Video Bash.]
 

For showtimes and to buy tickets,or just to find a list of apocalyptic titles for your own at-home film fest, visit The End of the World As We Know It at SIFF.net.
 
 

[Trailer courtesy of Atlas Entertainment Classico and Universal Pictures. Film stills via SIFF.net.]

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