News and Updates from SIFF

REPOST from Seattle International Film Festival
SXSW Audience Award Winner:
Skills Like This Opens at SIFF Cinema
Presented in association with The Stranger
Skills Like This
“My favorite film of SXSW…for its humor, honesty, and drive…it does it with style, a script and a bank robbery.”
– Joe O’Connell, The Austin Chronicle

The day before his 25th birthday, Max Solomon faces the awful truth-he will never be a writer. Having fostered the illusion of writerly greatness his entire life, Max is disconsolate. Sitting in a luncheonette bemoaning his fate with his slacker friend Tommy blustering on about the big things the friends are going to accomplish, Max gets up, walks across the street, and robs a bank. It seems he has a knack for grand larceny! His newfound talent ignites his passion, and sends his two best friends on their own journeys. Tommy, the slacker, is inspired to enter the job market, and Dave, only too aware of the consequences of grand theft, becomes obsessed with writing the perfect apology letter. It may not be the time to fall in love, but Max decides to follow up on the thunderbolt that hit him when he laid eyes on the first bank teller he robbed.

This hilarious comedy follows Max and friends through the course of three days that will forever change their lives. Monty Miranda’s able direction brings out the best in Spencer Berger’s wry script (Berger also plays the charismatic lead), and allows the ensemble cast to shine. Winner of the Audience Award at SXSW.

“For pure comedy, this is the nuts.” – Ain’t It Cool News

Plays April 3-9 at SIFF Cinema
Daily 8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm, 6:15pm, 8:00pm
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Command Performances in HD
The Best of European Opera and Ballet
don giovanni Discover the most visionary opera and ballet productions from Europe’s finest houses and featuring world-renowned performers. SIFF Cinema’s state-of-the-art High Definition projection, along with Dolby Digital surround sound, brings the event to life while the exquisite performers and settings will resound in your mind.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
April 4-5, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets
Seattle favorite Mariusz Kwiecien performs Onegin in this strikingly realistic setting of Tchaikovsky’s tale. A selfish hero lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman’s love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni
April 15, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets
Mozart’s most popular opera opened the Salzburg festival with Christopher Maltman in the title role. This innovative production transplants the action to a dark forest, enhancing the psychological danger of the famous Don Juan. Also features Matthew Polenzani.

Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes
May 14, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets
The Ballets Russes performs the sumptuous Firebird with Fokine’s original 1910 choreography and a new staging of The Wedding. For a grand finale, experience the original Nijinsky staging of The Rite of Spring that caused riots at its 1913 premiere. Not to be missed.

Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini
May 17, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets
Berlioz’s complex and prolifically imaginative opera is made fresh with innovative staging at the 2007 Salzburg Festival and brilliant singing under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Celebrate Opening Night in Style!
VIP Opening Night Experience: A Fundraiser for SIFF
SIFF 2008 Red Carpet
Purchase your red carpet gala package and celebrate the 35th Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night in ultimate style! The VIP experience features valet parking, a premium gift bag, a private catered pre-reception by Il Fornaio, reserved seating for the gala film, open bar, and access to the post-film VIP Lounge.

Thursday, May 21
Paramount Theatre
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Limited quantity available.
SIFF 24-Hour Movie Marathon This Weekend!
A Fundraiser for the SIFF Film Center
foolsmarathonSPECIAL GUESTS
Tom Skerritt is scheduled to introduce Alien, and comedian Peggy Platt is scheduled to emcee!

Buy Pass Now
For just $200, you will be admitted into all 24-hours of the marathon and all associated activities including brunch, complimentary espresso and refreshments, and much more!
Or, if you can’t commit to 24 hours, join us for one or more of the five public screenings during the marathon for just $15 each (use “buy tickets” link next to film).

Saturday, April 4
Harold and Maude, 5:00pm | Buy Tickets
Alien with Introduction by Tom Skerritt!, 7:15pm | Buy Tickets
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 10:15pm | Buy Tickets

Sunday, April 5
Goldfinger, 12:15am
Dr. Strangelove, 2:20am
Super Secret Screening!, 4:05am
Raising Arizona, 6:25am
Pulp Fiction, 9:15am
Run Lola Run, 1:00pm | Buy Tickets
The Wizard of Oz, 2:50pm | Buy Tickets

When is the marathon?
April 4-5, 5:00pm to 5:00pm

Where will the marathon be held?
King Cat Theater, Downtown Seattle

Films4Families: Winged Migration
Saturday morning at the movies!
Winged Migration

The ability to fly is miraculously realized in this breathtaking visual poem that takes audiences mere feet away from the flying birds. Director Jacques Perrin exquisitely captures the wonder and mystery of flight. Note: There is a brief but important hunting scene that may upset sensitive viewers.

Following the screening, the Woodland Park Zoo will introduce D1, a Peregrine Falcon, for a live interaction inside the theater.
Winged Migration
Saturday, April 4, 10:00am, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets

Spring Films4Families Schedule
SIFF Cinema invites film lovers of all ages to discover and share the finest in family cinema. Join us every other Saturday to experience these classic titles as they were meant to be seen-on the big screen! SIFF is offering this exploratory tour of great movies for a fraction of the usual family trip to the multiplex!

Field of Dreams
Saturday, April 18, 10:00am, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets

Chicken Run
Saturday, May 2, 10:00am, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets

Saturday, May 9, 10:00am, SIFF Cinema | Buy Tickets

Admission to Films4Families is $7 for adults and $2 child/youth under 18. Family pack available! Admits four to all Films4Families films in the Spring 2009 series for just $50! Buy Pass

Dinner and a Movie: Like Water for Chocolate
Sunday, April 19, 5:00pm
like water for chocolate

Dinner and a Movie, a year-long quarterly program that debuted in January 2008, features Volterra’s award-winning Italian cuisine coupled with films exclusively picked by Carl Spence, Artistic Director of SIFF. Forty-five exclusive seats are available for each event and the films will be shown on the state-of-the-art AV system that was installed especially for this project.

Like Water for Chocolate is a feast for the senses. This magical romance from director Alfonso Arau was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe.

The passionate Tita (Lumi Cavazos) is in love with Pedro (Marco Leonardi), but her controlling mother (Regina Torne) forbids her from marrying him. When Pedro instead marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking – and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares.
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Coming Up at SIFF Cinema

April 16Rear Window
Hi-Def Hitchcock
On the big screen for the first time in High-Definition! A double bill: two films for the price of one featuring Rear Window and Vertigo! Buy Tickets

April 10-12 and April 17-19
Seattle Polish Film Festival
Produced and presented by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association, the Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema.

April 22-23
Who Does She Think She Is?
A riveting documentary by Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner Boll (Born Into Brothels), features five bold women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Buy Tickets

April 25-26
National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Experience the next generation of filmmakers at the largest youth film festival in the country. Seattle’s own NFFTY features 100 films made by directors 22 and under, filmmaking panels, concerts, parties, and more. Films include features, shorts, documentaries, experimental, and animation.

April 27-30
AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival
SIFF Cinema is proud to host four days of the AJC | Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Seattle’s ten day international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish life, culture, identity, and history is the most highly anticipated and attended Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest.
Hop Scotch Beer and Scotch Festival
May 8-9: Proceeds benefit SIFF!
hop scotch Come join us May 8 and 9 to sniff, sip, and savor at Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival – a premier two-day microbrew, Scotch, and Tequila tasting experience benefiting SIFF.

The premium malt beverage tasting features more than 70 beverages in the stylish indoor setting of Fremont Studios. Connoisseurs and novices alike will enjoy the one hour guided Scotch sessions by Master of Whisky Ari Shapiro, or the self guided tasting of Scotch or Tequila in the main tasting area.

With more than 50 award-winning handcrafted microbrews along with an assortment of select domestic and imported beer, guests will leave with a greater knowledge of the new seasonal beers. New this year will be a wine tasting featuring Small Lot Wines, a Washington wine Co-Op.

Tickets on sale April 6.
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