50 Years of SIFF @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian
21 films to celebrate 🎞️
Published October 20, 2023
📆 Friday, November 3rd – Sunday, December 3rd
📍 SIFF Cinema Egyptian: 805 E Pine St, Seattle
The Seattle International Film Festival is entering its golden year anniversary with the city of Seattle. 50 festivals, thousands of films from all over the world, and untold amounts of adventurous filmgoers. To celebrate, the nonprofit is hosting a monthlong festival of film favorites, many of which won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award. There are 21 films from a wide variety of styles, genres and generations, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight a few personal picks. Full disclosure that I work seasonally for SIFF as a festival programmer, but all of my selections are from before my time.
🚓 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
📆 Friday, November 3rd + Saturday, November 25th
Behold the opening film of the first Seattle International Film Festival and a heck of a warning shot with Volker Schlöndorff’s controversial, gutting 1973 drama about an unsuspecting woman caught up in West Germany’s political maelstrom.
🩸 Blood Simple
📆 Sunday, November 12th + Saturday, December 2nd
Arguably the best American filmmakers of their generation (I adore them, at least), Joel and Ethan Coen made their debut with this nasty, mordantly funny film noir that solidified their career-long obsession with the absurd folly of man.
🏃Run Lola Run
📆 Sunday, November 12th + Monday, November 13th + Saturday, November 18th
Tom Tykwer throws everything at the wall with his hard-pounding, anarchic 1998 thriller, with breakout star Franka Potente racing through three 20-minute trials desperately trying to save her boyfriend’s life.
🗡️ Multiple Maniacs
📆 Monday, November 20th + Saturday, December 2nd
Pope of Trash John Waters followed up his legally-cannot-be-distributed debut Mondo Trasho with this 1970 bit of glorious filth, an evisceration of American morals through the eyes of a roving band of murderous carnival freaks.
💒 The Wedding Banquet
📆 Thursday, November 23rd + Friday, December 1st
This 1993 gem of a romantic dramedy firmly established Ang Lee’s obsession with characters that lead secret lives, as a gay immigrant landlord in Manhattan enters into a fake marriage to appease his parents back in Taiwan.
FULL SERIES SCHEDULE
Friday, November 17th – 3:30 pm Facing Windows
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