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November 8-14

Midnight Traveler

Hassan Fazili / 2019, Qatar-UK-Canada-USA
90min / digital

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run. In Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Bulgarian with English subtitles.

WINNER: No Borders - World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival

"It is the gift of "Midnight Traveler" to allow us to feel this family's fate in the pit of our stomachs. If the plight of refugees has ever seemed abstract, this film makes sure you know how real it is." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"What largely distinguishes "Midnight Traveler" is its anxious intimacy, a sense of uneasy closeness that pulls you into a family circle that at times gets very small, creating a sense of appropriate claustrophobia." Mahnola Dargis, NY Times

"A remarkable achievement." Wendy Ide, Screen International

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 3pm & 5pm
Sun: 3pm & 5pm
Mon: 7pm
Tues: 9pm
Wed: 7pm
Thur: 9pm

November 8-14

Making Waves: the art of cinematic sounds

Midge Costin / 2019, USA
94min / digital

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers–Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom–and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.

“An inspiring, enterating, epic journey that reminds you why you love cinema.” Serena, Seghedoni, Loud & Clear Reviews

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat: 7pm & 9pm
Sun: 7pm & 9pm
Mon: 9pm
Tues: 7pm
Wed: 9pm
Thur: 7om

November 15-21

Scandalous

Mark Landsman / 2019, USA
90min / digital

Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. SCANDALOUS is the sensational true story of the most infamous tabloid in US history, a wild, probing look at how one newspaper's prescient grasp of its' readers darkest curiosities led it to massive profits and influence. From its coverage of Elvis's death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. With rare archival footage and revelations as wild as National Enquirer headlines themselves, SCANDALOUS examines our obsession with the rich, famous and powerful, and the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans.

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 5pm & 7pm
Sun: 5pm & 7pm
Mon: 9pm
Tues: 9pm
Wed: 7pm & 9pm
Thur: 9pm

November 15-17, 19 & 21

Paprika

Satoshi Kon / 2004, Japan
90min / 35mm

** Co-presented with Northwest Film Forum, who will join us in screening all of Kon’s feature films! **

35MM PRINT! Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius scientist by day, and a kick-ass dream warrior named PAPRIKA by night. In this psychedelic sci-fi adventure, it will take the skills of both women to save the world... In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the devise could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name “PAPRIKA,” in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention. In Japanese with English subtitles. Presented with support from 4Culture's Sustatined Support grant.

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat: 3pm & 9pm
Sun: 9pm
Tues: 7pm
Thur: 7pm
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November 16

Paprika

Satoshi Kon Rarities

Satoshi Kon / various years, Japan
90min / digital

** Co-presented with Northwest Film Forum, who will join us in screening all of Kon’s feature films! **

Northwest Film Forum and The Grand Illusion present a special member screening of additional work by Satoshi Kon! This screening is FREE and exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema and Northwest Film Forum members.

Showtimes:
Sat: 1030pm
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November 18

Scarecrow Video presents PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERS

various / 90min / digital

** This screening is exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema members and Scarecrow Video members. **

In the Wild West days of early filmmaking before Hollywood hardened into an assembly-line behemoth and boys club talented women worked regularly as writers, producers, and directors, instrumental in shaping the very language of cinema as we know it. Nevertheless, figures like Alice Guy Blaché and Lois Weber are known today primarily by aficionados, and artists like Nell Shipman, Grace Cunard, and Marion E. Wong remain woefully obscure. Scarecrow Video and The Grand Illusion present this exclusive members screening of the daring, innovative, and trailblazing work of the first female filmmakers with a selection of short films from Kino-Lorber's Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers box set.

"A corrective to our collective amnesia. A thrilling look at the variety of films made by women, most before they won the right to vote." Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Showtimes:
Mon: 7pm
MEMBER RSVP

November 22-27

Another Day of Life

Raúl De La Fuente & Damian Nenow / 2019, Spain-Poland
85min / digital

An official Cannes selection and winner of festival prizes and awards worldwide, ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE is a daringly ambitious dive into the chaos of war, based on the book by the journalist Ryszard “Ricardo” Kapuściński, one of the world’s most compelling chroniclers of conflict. Intercutting a graphically bold animation style with interviews and archival footage, the visually striking film conveys a rare immediacy as it tells of the outbreak of civil war following Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975. Against all advice, Kapuściński is intent on driving south into the heart of the bloody conflict to find the isolated rebel leader Farrusco. His animated trip through corpse-strewn roads conveys an undeniable urgency, while the documentary testimony reminds us that we are watching actual history. In Japanese with English subtitles.

European Film Award Winner Best Animated Film
San Sebastien IFF Winner Audience Award
Goya Award Winner Best Animated Film

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat: 2pm & 8pm
Sun: 2pm & 8pm
Mon-Wed: 9pm

November 22-27

Lost Angelas

William Wayne / 2019, USA
88min / digital

​​Best actress nominee Angela Rose (Korrina Rico) is missing and the only lead to her over-publicized disappearance is her ex-fiancé and struggling screenwriter, Jake Hart (William Wayne). Searching for Angela and haunted by memories he cannot explain, Jake must relive all his encounters with notorious film director Walt Warshaw (Jon Jacobs) to discover the truth. Lost Angelas is a Neo noir psychological thriller set in the underbelly of Hollywood. The film explores topical, controversial and complex themes of sexuality in Hollywood and the actresses role as a muse to a male dominated industry of writers & directors and the blurred lines that result.

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm Buy Tickets
Sat: 4pm & 6pm
Sun: 4pm & 6pm
Mon-Wed: 7pm

November 23

Wallflower

The Age of Insects

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
75min / VHS

A wealthy lingerie salesman pays to have his punk son "rehabilitated" by a doctor with very questionable methods. Watch with horror, fascination, and awe as Dr Benedict combines insect politics, potent hallucinogens, the occult, and plenty of gloppy slime in his quest to rid the world of degenerates. Only on VHS, only $2!

Showtimes:
Sat: 10pm

November 28 -- Happy Thanksgiving!

Blood Rage

John Grissmer / 1987, USA
82min / digital

Todd and Terry are twin bros with twin problems -- namely, one of them is an axe-wielding maniac! After a literal drive-in massacre, Todd is blamed for the carnage and institutionalized, while Terry goes free. Ten years later, Todd escapes from an asylum on Thanksgiving aka its time for blood to raaaaage!! Produced by whip-smart filmmaker Maryanne Kantor, directed by John Grissmer (SCALPEL), and shot in Florida, BLOOD RAGE is what happens when you combine Thanksgiving, 1970s TV star Louise Lasser, a killer synth score, and the most unbelievable gore effects in all of slasherdom, courtesy Ed French (TERMINATOR 2). Just remember, Its not cranberry sauce!

"Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without a viewing of BLOOD RAGE." Joseph A. Ziemba, BLEEDING SKULL!

Showtimes:
Thanksgiving: 7pm
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November 29–December 5

The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield / 2019, Denmark-USA
100min / digital

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

“Lauren Greenfield proves the perfect person to infiltrate Imelda Marcos’ psyche, revealing the former Filipino first lady’s delusions of grandeur to the broader world." Variety

Showtimes:
TBA

November 30–December 3

Wallflower

Jagger Gravning / 2017, USA
88min / digital

WALLFLOWER is an intense, atmospheric psychological drama in which a disturbed man looking to commit an act of mass violence at a rave was befriended by an eccentric group of attendees who invited him to an afterparty. The ravers’ openness and warmth caused the man to pause and reconsider his murderous plan; however, after going to the party and trying to connect with the free spirits there, the man went out to his truck and returned with his guns, killing six (ranging in age from 14 to 32) and wounding two others before killing himself. Based on the real-life 2006 Capitol Hill Massacre in Seattle.

Q&A on 11/30 and 12/1 with producer John W. Comerford and Dr. Rich Adler, eminent forensic psychiatrist and co-producer of Wallflower.

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun: 3pm
Mon & Tues: 7pm
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Coming later

It's A Wonderful Life in 35mm Dec 11-Jan 2!