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April 12-18

Ruben Brandt, The Collector

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Ruben Brandt, The Collector

Milorad Krstic / 2019, Hungary
96min / digital

Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. Accompanied by his four patients, he and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, the Museum of Modern Art. "The Collector" quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the "Collector Case."

“An animated joyride." Hollywood Reporter

"The visual influences are found in museums, with characters and backgrounds lifted from Manet and Picasso, but the storytelling style is straight out of Mario Bava, with a cinematic philosophy more akin to Brian De Palma's Hitchcockian pastiches." The Wrap

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon–Thur: 7pm & 9pm
Sat: 3pm, 5pm & 7pm
Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm


April 19–25, 27 & 28

Penguin Highway

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Penguin Highway

Hiroyasu Ishida / 2019, Japan
119min / digital

Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!

Showtimes:
Fri 4/19: 630pm Subtitled
Sat 4/20: 630pm Subtitled
Sun 4/21: 530pm Subtitled
Mon 4/22 & Wed 4/24: 630pm Dubbed
Tue 4/23: 9pm Subtitled
Thu 4/25: 630pm Subtitled

Sat 4/27: 12pm Subtitled
Sun 4/28: 12pm Subtitled
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April 19, 21, 22, 24 & 25

Hagazussa

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Hagazussa

Lukas Feigelfeld / 2018, Germany-Austria
102min / digital

In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror.

“A spooky, stylish, spellbinding debut." The Hollywood Reporter

Showtimes:
Fri: 11pm
Sun: 8pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 9pm


April 19, 27-29, May 1

Little Woods

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Little Woods

Nia DaCosta / 2019, USA
103min / digital

Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is a reformed drug runner in an economically depressed small town in North Dakota, who was caught coming back from Canada with medicine for her terminally ill mother and has been toeing the line ever since. After her mother dies, Ollie’s sister Deb (Lily James) shows up on her doorstep with a hungry child and an unplanned pregnancy. Ollie can only see one viable option: quickly raise money to pay back the bank and hold onto their mother’s home, so Deb can raise her family safely away from her abusive ex. But to do that, she’ll need to return to the dangerous way of life she thought she’d left behind. Writer/director Nia DaCosta won Tribeca Film Festival’s 2018 Nora Ephron Award for this emotionally-charged small-town modern Western about two women in rural America. Their sister bond, beautifully exemplified by the authentic and lived-in relationship between Tessa Thompson’s Ollie and Lily James’ Deb, is what keeps them connected but can also tie them down.

"DaCosta, who should have a long career ahead of her." Bust

"DaCosta offers something much more valuable and exceptional than conventional thrills: women who are alive and authentic, whom we care about and believe in." Natalia Winkelman, Film Threat

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April 20 & 21

Long Day's Journey Into Night'

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Long Day's Journey Into Night

Bi Gan / 2019, China
140min / digital

Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Wei Tang, Lust, Caution). Following leads across Guizhou province, he crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser played by Taiwanese superstar Sylvia Chang. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, gravity-defying 3D sequence shot that plunges its protagonist—and us—into a labyrinthine cityscape (Please note: this will be shown in 2D). China's biggest arthouse hit of all time, the film took in more than $40 million dollars in its opening weekend at the domestic box office. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

“Critic’s Pick! Intoxicating. Feels like dreaming with your eyes open.” The New York Times

Showtimes:
Sat: 130pm
Sun: 230pm


April 20

Harold & Kumar Go To White Catle

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Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

Danny Leiner / 2004, USA
88min / digital

Seattle Asian American Film Festival and The Grand Illusion Cinema are proud to present this seminal work in Asian American and stoner cinema!

After Korean American office worker (John Cho) and his Indian American best friend (Kal Penn) smoke some weed, their quest to get burgers at White Castle takes them on an adventure they'll never forget. Fifteen years after it first premiered, come see the film that launched two sequels and reintroduced the world to Neil Patrick Harris.

"Will seem a classic if you're stoned, and only slightly less funny if you're straight." Washington Post

"Behind all the Farrelly-esque gross-out humour and Cheech & Chong-isms lies a sensitive little picture with a deftly handled anti-racism-slant." Time Out

"...an instant stoner classic." Ebert & Roeper

Showtimes:
Sat: 420pm
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April 20

Drone Cinema Film Festival - Selected Works

Drone Cinema Film Festival - Selected Works

Various / 120min / digital

Eight short films of mesmerizing, slow, hypnotic, cinematic tapestries woven from the drones of light and sound. With Drone Cinema Film Festival now in its fifth year, this specially curated collection of films was selected from the last four years’ festivals for their unique approach to transmuting the hum and whir of the artists’ imaginations into moving imagery.

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm
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April 23

Une Histoire Simple

Pattes Blanches (White Paws)

Jean Grémillon / 1949, France
92min / digital

The Alliance Française de Seattle in collaboration with Scarecrow Video and Grand Illusion present this program of classic French films rarely seen in the US. Films by renowned French authors will offer the opportunity to discover, or enjoy again, what makes French cinema unique: the telling of stories about human characters like no others. All films have been selected from Scarecrow Video's "Wish List" collection.

Jean Grémillon, one of the representatives of the golden age of the French cinema, started his career by directing documentaries. His eye for interesting human characters and the unknown relations between objects and beingsas he put it himselfare beautifully used in this adaption of Anouilhs play. White Paws (1949) is the story of a couple living an emotional love story in a Brittany village.

Showtimes:
Tues: 630pm
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April 26–May 2

The Godfather Part II

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The Godfather Part II

Francis Ford Coppola / 1974, USA
202min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! This brilliant companion piece to the original The Godfather continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone family. Coppola tells two stories in Part II: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. Reassembling many of the talents who helped make The Godfather, Coppola has produced a movie of staggering magnitude and vision, and undeniably the best sequel ever made. Robert De Niro won an Oscar; the film received six Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1974.

“…goes much deeper than The Godfather in analyzing the twisted mentalities of these men who pervert the capitalist system for their own gain. The film is richer in texture and gives more evidence of social awareness.." Kathleen Carroll, NY Daily News

“It is even better than the first film, and has the greatest single final scene in Hollywood history, a real coup de cinéma." The Guardian

Showtimes:
Fri, Tues, Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 230pm
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May 3–9

Dogman

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Dogman

Matteo Garrone / 2018, Italy
120min / digital

In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.

“Matteo Garrone's modern day fable is one of the best Italian films of recent times, a modern day neorealist fable that bears comparison with the great work of Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica, etc." The Independent

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May 3, 4 & 7

Hard Ticket to Hawaii

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Hard Ticket to Hawaii

Andy Sidaris / 1987, USA
96min / digital

NEW 4K RESTORATION! Bullets! Bikinis!! Bazookas!!! Radioactive pythons exploding out of toilets!!!! No film captures the playful chaos of action cinema’s Golden Age like director Andy and producer Arlene Sidaris’ undisputed masterpiece. An inexhaustible geyser of top-notch sex and violence, HARD TICKET TO HAWAII exists beyond entertainment’s maximum limits. If you see only two movies in your lifetime, it should be because you watched this twice. The Agency is a tough-as-nails, tech-savvy squad of physically ideal humans (led by Playboy icon Dona Speir and “Bold and the Beautiful” soap legend Ronn Moss) who defend Hawaii’s Molokai Island from diamond smugglers, narcotics slingers and a skateboarding maniac armed with an inflatable sex doll. Tirelessly and shirtlessly, they deal out homicidal justice at every turn -- unleashing helicopters, motorcycles and deadly frisbees to ensure the safety of every bronzed boytoy and babe on the beach! Essential viewing. Presented in a brand-new AGFA 4K restoration!

“Imagine James Bond directed by Russ Meyer. HARD TICKET continues Sidaris’ subversion of standard gender roles, with women depicted as strong, resourceful and brave. Their strength is depicted as simply human.” -- notcoming.com

“Aside from gender, there isn’t much difference between casting Dona Speir or Arnold Schwarzenegger in an action film.” -- JJ Stratford, Vice

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 9pm
Tues: 7pm


May 10-16

Shadow

Shadow

Zhang Yimou / 2019, China
115min / digital

With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

"Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful "Shadow" is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time." Jessica Kiang, Variety

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May 17-23

Aniara

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Aniara

Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja / 2019, Sweden-Denmark
106min / digital

ANIARA is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth’s fleeing population to their new home-planet Mars. But just as the ship leaves the destroyed Earth, she collides with space junk and is thrown off her course. The passengers slowly realize that they’ll never be able to return. The protagonist, MR, runs a room where a sentient computer allows humans to experience near-spiritual memories of the Earth. As the ship drifts further into the endless void more and more passengers are in need of MRs services. Pressure builds on MR as she is the only one who can keep the growing insanity and lethal depression at bay. In Aniara’s inexorable journey towards destruction there is a warning that cannot be emphasized enough. There’s only one Earth. It’s time to take responsibility for our actions. Adapted from the work of Swedish Nobel Prize-winning writer Harry Martinson. In Swedish with English subtitles.

“Kågerman and Lilja bring Martinson's poem to cinemas with a stark beauty both in its sci-fi production design and emotionally wrought performances.” The Film Stage

“Swedish existential dread in outer space, with a suicidal AI, ritualistic orgies and a giant galactic shopping mall: this striking first feature from Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja is a work of daunting ambition.” Screen International

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May 18-23

Instant Dreams

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Instant Dreams

Willem Baptist / 2018, Netherlands
91min / digital

Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.

“a Visually dazzling nostalgia trip for lovers of analogue” TheFilmExperience

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May 24–June 6

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam / 2019, Spain-Belgium-France-UK-Portugal
132min / digital

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the story of Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, who finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

Reminds us that the world needs dreams who dare to defy convention."Time Out

"A film suffused with a love of art, and of those who would dare to make it." Karen Han, Slate

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May 24–June 6

The Wind

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The Wind

Emma Tammi / 2019, USA
88min / digital

An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard) is a tough, resourceful frontierswoman settling a remote stretch of land on the 19th-century American frontier. Isolated from civilization in a desolate wilderness where the wind never stops howling, she begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband (Ashley Zukerman) dismisses as superstition. When a newlywed couple arrives on a nearby homestead, their presence amplifies Lizzy's fears, setting into motion a shocking chain of events. Masterfully blending haunting visuals with pulse-pounding sound design, director Emma Tammi evokes a godforsaken world in which the forces of nature come alive with quivering menace.

"This horror Western about a woman dealing with prairie paranoia, wild animals and possibly a demon blows a serious chill through you." Rolling Stone

"This is indie horror at its best." The San Francisco Chronicle

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May 28

16mm SMUT SHOW II: Peace, Love, and Hardcore

16mm SMUT SHOW II: Peace, Love, and Hardcore

Presented by SECS Fest
Various / 1960s-70s / 80min / 16mm

Boogie down to the theater for a secret 1970s feature film with one of the foxiest far-out stars of the era. This low budget artifact captures the spirit of the months following the breakout success of Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat, when everyone was attempting to capitalize on the emergence of the Golden Age. What this film lacks in glitz and polish, more than makes up for in fun and enthusiasm. The feature will follow a selection of short nudie films that appear to be made in the time of the summer of love. All on groovy 16mm! ** No one under 18 admitted **

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


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