Posted in: by Sean Axmaker, Contributors, Seattle Screens

Seattle Screens: Czech films, a Messiah (of Evil!) and a Cat (in the Brain!)

The legacy of Abbas Kiarostami will be discussed at Framing Pictures this month.

Framing Pictures is back and thus month the discussion promises to engage the legacies of Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Cimino (who both passed away within the past week), the life and career of Olivia De Havilland (who turned 100 last week), and more. Discussion begins on Friday, July 8 at 7pm at the screening room of Scarecrow Video on 5030 Roosevelt Way. More details at the official Facebook page.

Czech That Film Festival plays over the weekend at SIFF Film Center this weekend, opening on Friday, July 8 with The Way Out (2014), winner of seven Czech Lion Awards. It returns on Sunday to close the festival, and in between six features screen. Complete schedule here.

Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker and film subject Steven Wise will attend the opening night screening (Friday, July 8) of the documentary Unlocking the Cage, about the efforts of animal rights lawyer Steven Wise to challenge the legal definition of animals as “things” with no legal rights. Opens at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

The new restoration of Lucio Fulci’s A Cat in the Brain (1990) plays at Grand Illusion for two days this weekend, on July 8 and 9 at 9pm only.

The documentary Above and Below plays for one night only at NWFF on Wednesday, July 13, with filmmaker Nicolas Steiner in attendance.

A new 35mm print of the 1973 horror film Messiah of Evil plays on Wednesday and Thursday at NWFF.

The Seattle Art Museum summer film series Cary Grant for President continues with My Favorite Wife (1940), co-starring Irene Dunne and Gail Patrick. It screens on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30pm at Plestcheeff Auditorium and is shown on 35mm. Individual tickets are available on the day of show on a first come, first served basis. Details here.


The supernatural thriller The Wailing from South Korea opens for a week run at SIFF Film Center.

Sultan, a nearly three-hour sports drama from India about a wrestler & mixed martial arts, opens in multiple theaters.

Alex Gibney’s documentary Zero Days opens at Sundance Cinemas.

Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a comedy from New Zeland, is at The Uptown and Sundance Cinemas.

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

View complete screening schedules through IMDbMSNYahoo, or Fandango, pick the interface of your choice.