Posted in: by Sean Axmaker, Contributors, Seattle Screens

Seattle Screens: Kinofest and Irish Reels

Kinofest Seattle, a collaboration between The Portland German Film Festival and Northwest Film Forum, opens on Friday, October 7 with Margarethe von Trotta’s The Displaced World and continues through Sunday, October 9 at NWFF, screening seven German language features and a collection of shorts over three days. Among the featured films: Windstorm 2 by Katja von Garnier, the documentary Then Is it the End? from Dominik Graf, and the American premiere of Exit Oerlikon from director Paul Riniker. Complete schedule and ticket information here.

The Irish Reels Film Festival opens Friday, October 7 at SIFF Film Center with the coming of age drama My Name is Emily and ends on Sunday with You’re Too Ugly. Complete schedule here.

Phantasm: RaVager, the fifth film in the cult horror series, opens at Grand Illusion along with the new restoration of Don Coscarelli’s original 1979 Phantasm.

Northwest Film Forum just added a screening of Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s Suture (1993) in a new 4K digital restoration. One day only on Friday, October 7.

Also at NWFF is the Polish children’s film Mr. Blot’s Academy (1983) presented in the “Puget Soundtrack” series with live musical accompaniment by Chris Cheveyo and Garrett Moore. It’s co-presented by Seattle Polish Film Festival on Wednesday, October 12.

The French Truly Salon, presented by SIFF and French Truly, reconvenes for an evening of French food, wine, culture, and cinema, with a screening of Violette (2014) with Emmanuelle Devos on Wednesday, September 14 at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows plays through the week at SIFF Cinema Egyptian, with festival curator Ron Diamond in person for the Friday shows.

The animated feature Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, featuring the voices of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprising their roles from the 1960s Batman TV series, plays one day only in theaters as a Fathom Event on Monday, October 10, the day before it debuts on Blu-ray and DVD. You can find participated theaters near you at the Fathom Events page here.

At Central Cinema this week is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) and Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs (1989). Showtimes here.

More openings: Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation (including a run at Cinerama) and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey open in multiple theaters, London Road at Sundance.

And a final note: we bid farewell to Carl Spence, SIFF’s Chief Curator and Festival Director for over a decade. Spence, who began working with SIFF in 1994, oversaw the creation of SIFF Film Center and the expansion of SIFF to the Uptown and Egyptian. He leaves the organization to explore new opportunities. Beth Barrett, SIFF Festival Director of Programming, will step in as interim Artistic Director. The official press announcement is here.

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

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