SIFF Events

TRIBUTE TO JEAN-JACQUES BEINEIX: The famed French director of Diva will be on hand to introduce his latest effort, Mortal Transfer, on Sunday, June 17. Before then, Diva and three of his other works will be screened—free!--on successive Fridays. THE TARANTINO TUTORIAL: Quentin's in town for four days to laud the oeuvre of forgotten B-movie director William Witney, concluding with a June 16 onstage interview. Don't ask him about his long-brewing, yet-unrealized World War II movie! GALA SCREENINGS: Between the world premieres of The Anniversary Party and Investigating Sex (which bookend SIFF), you can pay a little more to see Tim Blake Nelson's O (world premiere, Saturday, May 26), Stephen Frears' Liam (U.S. premiere, Saturday, June 2), Maripolli's Tortilla Soup (world premiere, Saturday, June 9), and Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World (world premiere, Saturday, June 16). Also, check out the new documentary The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, a local premiere Thursday, May 31. EMERGING MASTERS: Two flicks each represent the four up-and-coming directors selected from around the globe: Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan); Ricky Tognazzi (Italy); Jerzy Stuhr (Poland); and Marcelo Pi�o (Argentina). SPOTLIGHT ON THAILAND: "The next Hong Kong" goes the line on this country's exploding film scene. A half-dozen titles range from shoot-'em-ups to love stories; will the next John Woo or Wong Kar-wai emerge from among their talented directors? THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: An eight-title sidebar will survey cinema from 1925 to the present. Expect to see U-Dub prof and novelist Charles Johnson along with New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell and other experts on a Saturday, June 2 panel discussion. SIS FILMS: Local directors get their chance to shine in three Shooting in Seattle short film packages, plus the world premiere of Bainbridge Islander Garrett Bennett's Farewell to Harry. FILMMAKERS FORUM: Blah, blah, blah. Various experts sit on various movie-related panels and talk, talk, talk. At least a half-dozen gabathons are scheduled, on provocative topics such as "What's a Film Critic For?"—a question that has always confounded us. FLY FILMMAKING: Three auteurs shoot one film each (on DV) during a very short, pressure-filled week, then show their works Saturday, June 16 (discussion follows). Already confirmed are Guin Turner (Go Fish) and Dave Mirvish (Slamdance founder and Omaha director). ARCHIVAL PRESENTATIONS: Classics, comedies, and oddballs are included in this nine-title program of repertory flicks. Directors range from Jackie Chan to Luis Bu�. Why rent when you can watch them on the big screen? THE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT: Eight flicks boast sex, violence, and polymorphous perversity in 12 a.m. showings at the Egyptian. Get the kids a sitter and look forward to bondage, torture, kung fu, and more! FILMS 4 FAMILIES: Saturdays 11:30 a.m. at Pacific Place, a four-title series of kid-friendly pictures runs May 26-June 16. Talking, squirming, napping, crying, playing, diaper-changing, and breast-feeding are encouraged. DRIVE-IN PARTY: Can you even find the Valley Drive-In? Have you ever been to a drive-in? Here's your chance, June 1, to watch American Astronaut and Top of the Food Chain from the comfort of your own car while enjoying various other festivities. Supply your own make-out partner. POSTER AUCTION: No longer a one-day event (benefiting Cinema Seattle, parent organization to SIFF), this fund-raising mechanism comes directly to you—in the lobbies of all SIFF venues during the duration of the fest. Pick your fave and use a prepared auction form to enter your bid. B.R.M.

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