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Seattle Screens: Seijun Suzuki, ByDesign, Beckett and Keaton, and a new Framing Pictures

Seijun Suzuki’s ‘Youth of the Beast’

Robert Horton, Bruce Reid, and Richard T. Jameson are your hosts for the monthly film discussion Framing Pictures at the screening room at Scarecrow Video. This month the talk revolves around Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and Ivan Passer’s Cutter and Bone (1981), both arriving on new Blu-ray editions, plus the new films Midnight Special, Everybody Wants Some, and My Golden Days. This free event begins at 7pm on Friday, April 8. More at the Framing Pictures Facebook page.

NWFF and Grand Illusion join forces to present the “Seijun Suzuki Retrospective,” a collection of 11 films screening over the course of the next four weeks, many of them on 35mm film prints. It begins this week with Passport to Darkness (1959), which screens at Grand Illusion on Saturday, April 9, and Youth of the Beast (1963) on Wednesday, April 13 at NWFF. The complete series schedule is here, and series tickets are available.

ByDesign 2016, the annual series spotlighting works that explore visual culture, opens on Thursday, April 14 with the Tom Sachs’ A Space Program, which then moves to SIFF Film Center for a week-long run starting April 15. Complete series schedule here.

Ross Lipman’s documentary NotFilm explores the often contentious collaboration between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton and the making of Beckett’s avant-garde 1965 short film called Film. The short ran 20 minutes, the documentary over two hours. Plays through the week at NWFF. Details here.

Arturo Ripstein’s Bleak Street plays through Sunday, April 10, also at NWFF. More here.

Also opening on Friday, April 8: Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, his spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, at Sundance Cinemas; Born to Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker, at Sundance; Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia, set within the Louvre during the Nazi occupation of Paris, at The Uptown; and the French comedy Marguerite at Seven Gables.

SIFF celebrates the grand opening of KEXP’s new Seattle Center studios with a special screening of Storefront Hitchcock, the 1998 Robyn Hitchcock concert film directed by Jonathan Demme, with Robyn Hitchcock introducing the screening in person. Thursday, April 14 at the Uptown. Advance tickets and details here. KEXP and SIFF members get free admission on day of show (while seats last).

The French crime classic Classe Tous Risque (1960), directed by Claude Sautet and starring Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo, plays on Thursday, April 14 at Plestcheeff Auditorium. Individual tickets are available on the day of show on a first come, first served basis. Details here.

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

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