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Opens March 22

Birds of Passage

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Birds of Passage

Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra / 2018, Colombia-Denmark-Mexico
125min / digital

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!

From the Oscar-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial periodin recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change. In Wayúu, Spanish and English with English subtitles.

"A beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions." The Hollywood Reporter

"In its informed use of hallucinatory indigenous folktales, Birds of Passage spans a rich emotional spectrum as it places the familiar would-be drug lord narrative underneath an anthropological microscope." Film Threat

"An epic and wholly original take on the cartel genre, a critique of capitalism that gains in depth and emotion by daring to begin from a place that isn't simply outside of drug violence, but of capitalism itself." Cinema Scope

“CRITIC'S PICK! Even as you may be reminded of other sweeping chronicles of fortunes made and souls undone by ambition and greed — GIANT, THE GODFATHER, even ‘Breaking Bad’ — your perception of the world is likely to be permanently altered. The experience made me think of some of my favorite movies (I’ll add Visconti’s LA TERRA TREMA to the list), but it’s also like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” The New York Times

Showtimes:
WEEK ONE
Fri 3/22, Mon 3/25, Wed 3/27, Thurs 3/28: 630pm & 9pm
Sat 3/23: 5pm & 730pm
Sun 3/24: 230pm, 5pm & 730pm
Tue 3/26: 9pm

WEEK TWO
Sun 3/31: 230pm
Mon 4/1 & Wed 4/3: 630pm


March 26

Une Histoire Simple

Une Histoire Simple (A Simple Story)

Claude Sautet / 1978, France
110min / 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.

Claude Sautets not-so "Simple Story" (1978) is another exquisite character study, this time of a womanRomy Schneideran industrial designer in her late 30s. Probably one of Schneiders strongest performances on screen, she was awarded the 1979 César for this role. Sautet has no equal in French cinema for the beauty, almost anthropological way to observe and tell the story of real people.

Showtimes:
Tues: 630pm
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March 29–April 4

Relaxer

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Relaxer

Joel Potrykus / 2018, USA
91min / digital

Crewmembers Chuck Potrykus and Brandon Bowman scheduled to attend the 7pm Friday screening!

Doom and gloom are on the way. The Y2K apocalypse can't be stopped. Abbie's older brother issues him the ultimate challenge before it goes down: beat the infamous level 256 in Pac-Man and no getting up from the couch until he does so. Abbie’s survival story begins here; inside a rotting living room with no food or water, and a revolving door of numb-nut friends and acquaintances. It’s THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL by way of SLACKER from the director of BUZZARD.

“Milk Vomit and ‘Pac Man’: Joel Potrykus’ ‘Relaxer’ Is a Masterpiece of Depraved ’90s Nostalgia." Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 5pm & 7pm
Sun: 5pm & 9pm
Mon–Wed: 9pm
Thurs: 7pm & 9pm


March 29, 30 & April 2

Blood Lake

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Blood Lake

Tim Boggs / 1987, USA
82min / digital

What if Robert Altman made a shot-on-video slasher instead of NASHVILLE? BLOOD LAKE is the most fascinating -- and stupefying -- horror movie that ever escaped from 1987. Made by real-life friends from Oklahoma on a real-life vacation, BLOOD LAKE is a rewardingly lethal collision of ‘80s slasher video-vomit and twisted cinema vérité madness. From false metal soundtrack hits like “Thru-Out The Nite” and “Was It Real” to gratuitous scenes of people sleeping, this might be the only movie capable of stamps-of-approval from both David Lee Roth and Andy Warhol.

BLOOD LAKE documents a gang of unhinged party animals as they embark on a weekend trip of jet skis, a keg of Busch and an extended game of Quarters. But look out -- a supernatural killer’s on the loose, wearing cowboy boots and a silk shirt with a rose stitched on it! The finest vacation from hell ever captured on video, BLOOD LAKE has been rescued by AGFA from its original 1” master tapes.

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


March 30

Saturday Secret Matinees

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Saturday Secret Matinees

Various / approx. 120 min. / 16mm

Recreating the good, old-fashioned weekend matinee -- on 16mm film! Each week: see a cliffhanger episode of a movie serial, plus a secret classic feature film! In THE MYSTERIOUS DR. SATAN (1940), a sinister genius is bent on building an army of invincible robots in a plan to seize the wealth and power of the nation. When the governor is assassinated, Bob Wayne dons the mask of The Copperhead to avenge his death and stop Dr. Satan's ruthless march to power! Co-directors William Witney and John English deliver one of the finest serials ever made, packed with spectacular acrobatics, lethal gadgets, and ominous atmospherics. Our secret feature films follow bi-weekly themes and include sci-fi, adventure, art house, and cult classics, favorites, and rarities!

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


March 31

The Future is Female

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The Future is Female

Various / 80min / digital

In celebration of women’s history month, sci-fi streaming platform DUST is presenting The Future is Female, a collection of sci-fi short films directed by women.

Showtimes:
Sun: 7pm
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April 5-11

The Godfather

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The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola / 1972, USA
175min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered ten Academy Award nominations, and won three including Best Picture of 1972.

“The ultimate family film." Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
Fri, Sun, Tues, Thur: 7pm
Sat: 330pm
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April 6 & 8

Starfish

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Starfish

A.T. White / 2019, USA
99min / digital

When a mysterious Signal triggers an event that sparks the end of the world, Aubrey Parker is trapped in her dead best friends apartment, with a single cassette tape labelled...THIS MIXTAPE WILL SAVE THE WORLD. With reality fraying at the edges, Aubrey must unlock the secrets of the Signal. A secret that could end up saving the world... or condemning it. STARFISH is a unique, intimate and honest portrayal of a girl grieving for the loss of her best friend that just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it. Its the debut feature from award-winning UK writer/composer/director A.T. White and is based on his true story. Every cent made by the director from STARFISH will be donated to Cancer Research.

"Starfish is a visually stunning, Lovecraftian journey into grief, monsters, mixtapes, and one girl's desperate attempt to save the world as she knows it." Dread Central

Showtimes:
Sat: 7pm
Mon: 7pm
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April 6

Terror Nullius

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Terror Nullius

Soda_Jerk / 2018, Australia
54min / digital

Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a political revenge fable which offers an unwriting of Australian national mythologies. Binding together a documentary impulse with the bent plotlines of Australian film texts, art collective Soda_Jerk’s revisionist history opens a willful narrative space where cinema fictions and historical facts permeate each other in new ways. The apocalyptic desert camps of Mad Max 2 become the site of refugee detention, flesh-eating sheep are recast as anti-colonial insurgents and a feminist motorcycle gang goes vigilante on Mel Gibson. TERROR NULLIUS was commissioned by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

"A weird, dazzling, kinetic, dizzyingly ambitious, sensationally mishmashed beast" The Guardian

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm
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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

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: 630pm Subtitled
Sat: 130pm Dubbed
Sat: 630pm Subtitled
Sun: 1230pm Subtitled
Sun: 3pm Dubbed
Sun: 530pm Subtitled
Mon & Wed: 630pm Dubbed
Tue: 9pm Subtitled
Thu: 630pm Subtitled
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April 19, 21, 22, 24 & 25

Blood Lake

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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 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 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, Sun, Tues, Thur: 7pm
Sat: 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

Showtimes:
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