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Seattle Screens: Italy! Morocco! Wiseman!

The 8th Cinema Italian Style series plays through the week at SIFF Cinema Uptown. It opens on Thursday, November 10 with Paolo Virzi’s Like Crazy with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and ends a week later on Thursday, November 17 with closing night feature Opposites Attract, a romantic comedy directed by Max Croci, who is scheduled to attend the screening and the closing night party. Among the 15 features and documentaries are Anna (For Your Love), which earned Valeria Golina the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival, the romantic comedy Solo, written and directed by actress Laura Morante, the award-winning documentary Libera Nos about the continued practice of exorcism on the Italian Catholic Church, and a new restoration of Ettore Scola’s A Special Day (1977) starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. It continues for a week. Series and individual ticket available. Complete schedule and tickets here.

The 6th Seattle Shorts Film Festival opens on Friday, November 11 at SIFF Film Center with a feature film: Before I Disappear is Shawn Christensen’s feature-length adaptation of his 2012 Oscar-winning short film Curfew. The rest of the festival, which plays through the weekend at SIFF Film Center, presents 49 short films and music videos, including numerous Seattle premieres and works by local Seattle and Pacific Northwest filmmakers, and two panel discussions. Complete schedule and other information at the festival website here.

The Seattle Sephardic Network presents The Midnight Orchestra (2015) from Morocco, a drama about the son of a Jewish musician returning home to Morocco to bury his father. One show only on Wednesday, November 16 at The Majestic Bay in Ballard.


My King, a French drama from filmmaker Maïwenn starring Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassell, earned 13 César nominations. It plays through Sunday, November 13 at NWFF.

The Seventh Fire, a drama about gang culture in the American Indian community in northern Minnesota, plays one show only at NWFF on Saturday, November 12.

The Brazilian drama Aquarius with Sonia Braga opens at Sundance Cinemas.

Archival and revival screenings:

“Three Wisemen” presents pioneering documentaries from the great Frederick Wiseman screening from 35mm prints. Titicut Follies (1967) screens for two shows only, on Friday, November 11 and Sunday, November 13, at NWFF, while High School (1968) and Hospital (1969) screen on Saturday, November 12 and Thursday, November 17 at Grand Illusion.

Joseph Losey’s The Prowler (1951), starring Van Heflin as a cop with big ambitions, plays at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 17 at Plestcheef Auditorium at the downtown Seattle Art Museum as part of the “Shadowland,” the 39th edition of the longest-running film noir series in the world. Screens from a restored 35mm print from UCLA Film Archive and includes a film discussion with critic Richard T. Jameson.

Central Cinema presents Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974) and Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro (1988) through Tuesday.

The Kids Are Alright (1979) and Quadrophenia (1979) screen at Grand Illusion on Friday, November 11.

The music documentary Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound profiles the cult band. One show only on Saturday, November 12 at Grand Illusion, followed by a live performance from drums and sax duo Bad Luck.

The thriller If There’s a Hell Below plays at NWFF on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17, at NWFF. Director Nathan Williams will attend the Thursday screening.

Documentaries at NWFF: Theo Who Live plays on Wednesday, November 16 and Dead Slow Ahead is Thursday, November 17 and Saturday, November 19.


Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph present a collection of film rarities discovered and save by film collectors to celebrate the release of their book “A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies,” followed by a Q&A and book signing. Saturday, November 12 at NWFF.

Scarecrow Video and Humanities Washington present “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece, a conversation with film and literature historian Lance Rhoades. The free event takes place Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Scarecrow Video, 5030 Roosevelt Way NE.

Before that, Robert Horton will be giving a special talk, “The Dream Factory”, about classic Hollywood at the Northgate Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 12 at 2pm.

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

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