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March 20 – 28

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Also Like Life:
The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

1985-2001 / 35mm

Co-presented with the Northwest Film Forum!

A striking, singular voice in world cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien is a leading Taiwanese filmmaking auteur, whose invaluable contributions to the art of cinema range from intricately woven narratives to gracefully empathetic long takes (and achingly beautiful cinematography). This series samples Hou Hsiao-hsien's remarkable filmography, presenting five films that span fifteen years of his career. An international retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College), in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The book Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) has been released in conjunction with this retrospective.

Please note, all screenings are held (on different dates) at both Northwest Film Forum and the Grand Illusion Cinema! Please check the calendar for which venue hosts on which date. Tickets sold separately for each venue. Member discounts honored at both organizations!

Showtimes (Grand Illusion screenings in bold):

Fri 3/20: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE
@ Grand Illusion (7PM) BUY TICKETS
Intro by Sean Gilman

Sat 3/21: DUST IN THE WIND @ NWFF (5PM)
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Sun 3/22: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN
@ Grand Illusion (5PM) BUY TICKETS

Mon 3/23: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI @ NWFF (3PM)
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Mon 3/23: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE @ NWFF (7PM)
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Tues 3/24: DUST IN THE WIND
@ Grand Illusion (7PM) BUY TICKETS

Weds 3/25: MILLENIUM MAMBO @ NWFF
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Thurs, 3/26: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI
@ Grand Illusion (7PM) BUY TICKETS

Fri, 3/27: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN @ NWFF (8PM)
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Sat, 3/28: MILLENIUM MAMBO
@ Grand Illusion (4:45PM) BUY TICKETS


March 27 - April 2

Spring

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Spring

Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead / 2014, USA
109min / Blu-ray

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two — however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy. A beautiful, fluid genre-bender from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Spring is an unforgettable romance of mythical proportions.

"Phenomenal. A hybrid of Richard Linklater and H.P. Lovecraft." RogerEbert.com

Showtimes:
Fri, Sat, Mon-Thur: 645pm & 9pm
Sun: 9pm


March 28 -- FINAL SHOW

Saturday Secret Matinee

The Sprocket Society presents
Saturday Secret Matinee

Various years & directors / color, B&W / 16mm / approx. 120min

Our series of old-fashioned Saturday matinees returns again! Each week, see a cliffhanger movie serial episode plus a classic (but secret!) feature film. This year we bring you the greatest serial ever made, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941)! Can he stop The Scorpion from obtaining the most powerful weapon in the world? The secret features have monthly themes. February: Antique Futures! Pre-1940s sci-fi, plus rare shorts. March: Walk Like a Wagon! Ride the range with classic westerns. Presented by The Sprocket Society.

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


March 29

Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. 3

Heather Henson's
Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. 3
w/ the Best of Felt-A-Thon

Various / 110min / Video

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Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam and The Grand Illusion present the third installment of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams, the eclectic and award-winning puppet film series! Also featured: the best of The Felt-A-Thon, a World Puppetry Day charity marathon wherein the indomitable Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers attempted to make 12 puppet films in 24 hours.

Showtimes:
Sun: 4pm


March 29

EXcinema presents Roger Beebe

EXcinema presents
Roger Beebe

Roger Beebe / 90min / 8mm, 16mm & video

As a complement to his March 28 multi-projector show at the Northwest Film Forum, experimental filmmaker Roger Beebe will present this program of work spanning his 20-year career. These films and videos share Beebe’s interest in the contemporary landscape, both literal (i.e., the America of strip malls and SUVs) and figurative (i.e., the pop cultural media landscape of Tommy Hilfiger commercials).

Showtimes:
Sun: 7pm


April 3 – 9

Welcome to New York

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Welcome to New York

Abel Ferrara / 2014, USA
108min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

A sex-addicted French financier, a fateful hotel room encounter, and a scandal that would rock the world: the mighty Gérard Depardieu gives a fearless performance in this ripped-from-the-headlines saga of sin and sleaze from boundary-pushing director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Ms. 45). Inspired by one of the most high-profile public implosions in recent memory, Welcome to New York follows a prominent international banker (Depardieu) as he spirals out of control during a drug and sex-fueled trip to America—culminating in a shocking incident involving a hotel maid and his subsequent arrest. Jacqueline Bisset co-stars in this provocative portrait of a man whose fall from grace sent shockwaves throughout the world.

"Scandalous, hilarious, a racy and uproarious portrayal." The Hollywood Reporter

Showtimes:
TBA


Opens April 10

Of Horses and Men

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Of Horses and Men

Benedikt Erlingsson / 2013, Germany-Iceland
80min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Official Submission for Iceland, Academy Awards® 2014 – Best Foreign Language Film

An inventive take on the symbiotic relationship between man and animal, Of Horses and Men is a darkly comic collection of vignettes set in a provincial Icelandic village. Against a breathtaking seaside landscape, a cast of hot-blooded characters struggle to connect with nature and each other. Among them, a pair of wistful human lovers are thwarted by equine libidos, sparking their tentative courtship into action; a determined alcoholic gets his last ride at sea from a surprisingly seaworthy companion; and an adventurous tourist sets off for a leisurely ride on horseback that spirals into a quest for survival. The lines between species blur seamlessly throughout these memorable tales, reflecting love, death and the quirks of human and beast alike. An ode the majestic beauty of horses, lauded stage director Benedikt Erlingsson’s film debut captures the passions and idiosyncrasies of a close-knit community and the primal desires hidden within all of us.

4 stars! “Glorious…spectacular…tender, delicate and funny. An incredible film.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Showtimes:
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April 17 – 23

1971

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1971

Johanna Hamilton / 2014, USA
79min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA. Calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, they removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence. The most significant revelation was COINTELPRO, a controversial, secret, illegal surveillance program overseen by lifelong Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now. For the first time the burglars have decided to speak about their actions. 1971 is their story, examining the consequences and implications of their actions - then and now.

“An important addition to the filmography of dissent-oriented political docs.” Hollywood Reporter

“Their story is both a cat-and-mouse thriller, told in well-handled reenactments, and an examination of the abuses of government power that could hardly be timelier.” The Wrap

Showtimes:
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April 17 – 23

Backcountry

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Backcountry

Adam MacDonald / 2014, Canada
92min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Based on a true story, Backcountry follows a big city couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. As they push deeper and deeper into the forest, Alex stubbornly insisting that he remembers the way. After three days their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, the harsh conditions bringing out the best and worst in them, pushing their already fragile relationship to the breaking point. When they realize they have entered a bear's territory, being lost suddenly becomes the least of their problems. Terror, horror, will, and survival become paramount.

Showtimes:
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April 24 – 30

Amour Fou

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Amour Fou

Jessica Hausner / 2014, Austria-Luxembourg-Germany
96min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes, Toronto, Vienna Film Fests

Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all, and he sets about finding a woman to join him in his predetermined departure. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, the well-off but unremarkable Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich's controversial "The Marquise of O," finds his offer intriguing, if a bit strange. And yet, she agrees to navigate the uncharted journey towards a suicide pact with him, at once awkward and enlightening for them both. Rather than a declaration of passionate devotion, Amour Fou -- inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel -- goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love.

"A complex and exquisitely filmed exploration of a man's desire to find a woman willing to die with him." Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

Showtimes:
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April 24–26, 30

Roar

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Roar

Noel Marshall / 1981-2014, USA
102min / Blu-ray

An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of 100+ untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

"Like watching a live-action Lion King as Mufasa holds a switchblade to your throat" Complex

"It's like Walt Disney went insane and shot a snuff version of Swiss Family Robinson" Hitfix

"Just watching it feels dangerous" Movies.com

Showtimes:
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Coming later

STIFF 2015
The Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival returns for its 11th year! May 1–9