Seattle Screens: Festival season – Twist, South Asian, Polish Film Festivals

Twist 2016, the Seattle Queer film festival, has its opening night at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Thursday, October 13 with the world premiere of Seattle artist Clyde Petersen’ debut feature Torrey Pines and continues through Sunday, October 23 with screenings and events at the Egyptian, NWFF, 12 Ave Arts Building, Pacific Place, and other venues. The closing night film The Pass screens at Cinerama on Sunday, October 23. Complete schedule and other details at the website here.

The 11th Annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival opens on Friday, October 14 with a screening of Aynabaji (India) at Seattle Art Museum, moves to SIFF Film Center for a weekend of screenings, and screens films at Thompson Hall at the UW, Carco Theater in Renton, and other venues through Sunday, October 23. It closes with Waiting, a Hindi-language film from India. Complete schedule and other details at the website here.

The Seattle Polish Film Festival plays at SIFF Cinema Uptown this weekend with screenings of Cellin Gluck’s Persona Non Grata, Tomasz Wasilewski’s The United States of Love, Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes, and revivals of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s A Short Film About Killing (1988) and The Double Life of Veronique (1991) among other films. It plays through Sunday, October 23. Complete schedule and other details at the website here.

Not technically part of the festival but perfectly timed as a companion event, Krzysztof Kieslowski’s complete Dekalog (1988), originally produced and presented as a ten-part mini-series for Polish television, plays at SIFF Cinema Uptown between Monday, October 17 and Thursday, October 20. The series, which has been newly restored and remastered for theaters and disc, plays in entirety twice over the four days. Reviewed here on Parallax View.

Ghosts, Spirits and Miracles of a Summer Night is a collection of animated shorts from Polish filmmaker Joanna Polak. It plays on Tuesday, October 18 at Polish Home (1714 18th Ave.) in a presentation co-sponsored by NWFF and Seattle Polish Film Festival.

Taxi Driver returns to theaters for its 40th Anniversary on October 16 and October 19 as a Fathom Event. Along with the screening of the film is the Q&A with director Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster form the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival screening earlier this year.

John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness (1994) plays two shows at Grand Illusion from a 35mm print. Screens on Saturday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 18.

Central Cinema presents Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945) and the Japanese surreal horror freakout Hausu (1977) through Monday, October 17.

More openings: the Polish horror Demon and the Iranian horror Under the Shadow play at Sundance and The Greasy Strangler plays for a week at Grand Illusion.

Visit the film review pages at The Seattle TimesSeattle Weekly, and The Stranger for more releases.

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