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July 24 – 30

A Hard Day

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A Hard Day

KIM Seong-hun / 2014, South Korea
111min / Blu-ray

Driving back from his mother's funeral, homicide detective Gun-soo runs over a man in a dark rural street. In a moment of desperation, he dumps the body in a coffin alongside his mother. A few days later, Gun-soo flips through a listing of open cases and finds his accident victim. His colleague is on the accident case and is slowly making progress. Making matters worse, a witness steps forward, a detective named Park. For a reason unclear to Gun-soo, Park wants the body. Without another choice to depend on, Gun-soo digs his mother's grave and retrieves the body, only to find gunshot wounds on it. As Park's threats become more vicious and hits closer to home, Gun-soo decides to face Park head-on once and for all. In Korean with English subtitles.

"[an] amusingly sick South Korean thriller… wicked fun." LA Daily News

"A masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense." The Hollywood Reporter

NYT Critics’ Pick! "A kinetically visceral, enjoyable nasty joy ride, "A Hard Day" is pretty much as advertised." New York Times

Showtimes:
Fri: 645pm & 9pm
Sat & Sun: 430pm & 645pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 730pm
Tues: 9pm


July 28

The Clearing

EXcinema presents
The Clearing

Various artists / Portland, OR / 90min

Portland's Karl Lind brings his Odds and Ends screening series, a selection of new Portland made experimental and otherwise unclassifiable moving images to Seattle. The program includes Kurtis Hough, Jason America, Ian Lucero, Sam Pirnak, Carl Diehl, Miles Sprietsma and more.

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


July 31 – August 6

New Rijkmuseum

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New Rijkmuseum

Oeke Hoogendijk / 2014, Netherlands
131min / Blu-ray

In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world's greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to a glorious collection including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction. But from the start, the project was opposed by unyielding bureaucrats and public resistance. The museum directors battled politicians, designers, curators and even the Dutch Cyclists Union as they struggled to complete the renovation and put its massive collection back on public display. Five years late, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars, the museum finally reopened. Oeke Hoogendijk's epic documentary captures the entire story from design to completion, offering a fly-on-the-wall perspective on one of the most challenging museum construction projects ever conceived. With its decade-long scope, the film reveals a surprisingly dramatic story that art and architecture lovers will not want to miss. In Dutch, English, French & Spanish with English subtitles.

"Engrossing...an elegant portrait of dysfunction… lively and incisive." LA Weekly

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon-Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 430pm & 7pm


August 7 – 13

The Wanted 18

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The Wanted 18

Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan / 2014, Canada, France, Palestine
75min / Blu-ray

Through a clever mix of stop motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 recreates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army's pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm was declared "a threat to the national security of the state of Israel." In response to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a group of people from the town of Beit Sahour decide to buy 18 cows and produce their own milk as a co-operative. Their venture is so successful that the collective farm becomes a landmark, and the cows local celebrities -- until the Israeli army takes note and declares that the farm is an illegal security threat. Consequently, the dairy is forced to go underground, the cows continuing to produce their "Intifada milk" with the Israeli army in relentless pursuit. Recreating the story of the "wanted 18" from the perspectives of the Beit Sahour activists, Israeli military officials, and the cows, Palestinian artist Amer Shomali and veteran Canadian director Paul Cowan create an enchanting, inspirational tribute to the ingenuity and power of grassroots activism. In Arabic, English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

"follows a worthy tradition of highlighting absurdities that arise during conflict." New York Times

"It's beautiful and important and very strange." Village Voice

Showtimes:
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August 10

8th Annual Druid Underground Film Fest

8th Annual Druid Underground Film Fest

Various directors

See aliens rip their own faces off, learn how to detect if your child worships Satan, perform a home exorcism and much, much more! A high-powered two-part blast of subversive cinema, the Druid Underground Film Festival's 8th edition kicks off with a hilarious FOUND FOOTAGE ASSAULT, dynamically mixing the trashiest cuts from amateur monster movies, insane Christian scare films and shocking instruction videos lovingly sourced from the decrepit VHS vaults of DUFF curator Billy Burgess. THEN join us for an hour of rowdy short films celebrating the best in absurd, creative and ecstatic cinema both on and off today's underground film radar. Co-sponsored by Something Weird Video.

$9, no discounts. Includes FREE Raffle Ticket.

Showtimes:
Mon: 9pm


August 14 – 20

Tom at the Farm

Tom at the Farm

Xavier Dolan / 2013, Canada
102min / Blu-ray

After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry Jones - Heaven Knows What), Tom (Xavier Dolan - Mommy, Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother), travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that Guillaume's family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place. Torn between his own grief and that of the family, Tom keeps his identity a secret but soon finds himself increasingly drawn into a twisted, sexually-charged game by Guillaume’s aggressive brother (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), who suspects the truth. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief, and savagery pervade this psychological thriller from filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

WINNER: FIPRESCI PRIZE - VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

"Xavier Dolan's kinky queer noir is his most accomplished, enjoyable and commercially viable work to date." Variety

Showtimes:
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August 21 – 27

Jellyfish Eyes

Jellyfish Eyes

Takashi Murakami / 2013, Japan
101min / Blu-ray

The directorial debut from acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami, JELLYFISH EYES brings its creator’s endless imagination to the screen in a tale of family, friendship, and loyalty set in a world of fantasy that only Murakami could conjure. Having moved to the country with his mother following the death of his father, young Masashi (Takuto Sueoka) immediately makes a most unlikely friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite that he nicknames Kurage-bo. Taking Kurage-bo under his wing and into the classroom, Masashi soon discovers that his schoolmates have similar friends – and that they, their creators, and the town itself are not all they seem to be. Pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s film carries a message of cooperation and hope while boasting unforgettable creature designs and handmade special effects nearly a decade in the making. A touching triumph of creativity and wonder, JELLYFISH EYES is a must-see for film lovers of all ages.

Showtimes:
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August 28 – September 3

The Iron Ministry

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The Iron Ministry

J. P. Sniadecki / 2014, USA
83min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Filmed over three years on China’s railways, THE IRON MINISTRY traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. THE IRON MINISTRY immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network. In Mandarin with English subtitles

"A formally controlled look at the range of classes [and] implied changes wrought by China’s economic boom." Variety

“The best film about China in the twenty-first century that I’ve seen to date was made by an American, J.P. Sniadecki.” Artforum

Showtimes:
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September 4 – 10

Top Spin

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Top Spin

Sara Newens & Mina T. Son / 2014, USA
81min / Blu-ray

Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world's biggest athletic stage: the Olympics. An inside look at an offbeat sport, Top Spin turns one of America's favorite pastimes on its head and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters. In English & Mandarin w/ English subtitles.

"Quick-moving, kinetically edited...Highlights virtuoso bursts of energy and edge-clipping shots that cinch a game, Top Spin goes a long way toward building a mystique around the little table at the center of all those blink-of-an-eye flurries." Variety

Showtimes:
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September 12 & 13

Love Live! The School Idol Movie

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie

Takahiko Kyogoku / 2015, Japan
99min / Blu-ray

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$15, no discounts.

Although μ’s, the defending champions of the school idol tournament, plans to dissolve their group after the graduation of their senior members, they receive news that leads them to holding a concert event! The 9 girls continue to learn and grow in this new and unfamiliar world. What is the last thing that these girls can do as school idols? With the clock ticking, what kind of meaning will the μ’s members find in performing the most exciting live performance? There will be giveaway items on a first come basis. Item TBD. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sat 9/12 & Sun 9/13: 4pm


October 9 – 15

The Creeping Garden

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The Creeping Garden

Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp / 2014, UK
81min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined. The Creeping Garden is a feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould. Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham’s previous feature ‘KanZeOn’ and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology. With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’) this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.

"The movie hums as if it was shot by aliens visiting Earth for the first time, and that’s a high compliment." The Guardian

"Imagine if Stanley Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were tasked with making a 1970s educational science film about the pods from Don Siegel’s 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and you’re some way to understanding 'The Creeping Garden.'" Twitchfilm

Showtimes:
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