Film

Winter Film Calendar

Everything Happening in Film This Season

Festivals & Series

DEC 6–9

The Festival of the Archives

A four-day festival celebrating the work of film preservationists and archivists, via screenings of a dozen freshly restored films. On the roster: To Kill a Mockingbird, Bye Bye Birdie, Alien, All About Eve, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, Singin' in the Rain, The Terminator, The Parent Trap, and more. Copresented by SIFF and the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

DEC 7–9

Screen Style

Seattle's first-ever fashion film fest, wherein Seattle people of note—including Nordstrom creative director Strath Shepard, artist and wardrobe designer Anna Telcs, and Reel Grrls director Robin Held—present "films that skirt the direct issue of style but inform deep, personal notions of aesthetics, individual expression, daily uniforms, and visual narratives," from 1969's Passion of Anna to 1999's Beau Travail. Hosted by Seattle Metropolitan style editor Laura Cassidy.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

DEC 12–20

The End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypse Film Festival

According to the trustworthy Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012, brings the end of the world. SIFF says good-bye with "a big-screen celebration of all the methods by which mankind is doomed," from deadly viruses (12 Monkeys) and zombies (Dawn of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead) to infertility (Children of Men) and Kevin Costner (Waterworld).

SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

DEC 28–JAN 17

Woody Allen in the '70s

Woody Allen's best movies rank with the greatest films ever made, while his lesser movies can totally suck shit—two facts put on clear display in this festival of Allen's 1970s films. Representing the good: Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Love and Death. Representing the bad: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask. Representing the meh: Bananas. (And seriously, don't miss Love and Death.)

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

JAN 1–31

Central Cinema Sequel Series

Is number two twice as nice, or is there nothing like the first time? Central Cinema investigates by screening a half-dozen legendary sequels, including The Godfather Part 2, Terminator 2, Evil Dead 2, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, Airplane 2, and Ghostbusters 2.

Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave, 686-6684, central-cinema.com

JAN 5–MARCH 23

The Sprocket Society's Saturday Secret Matinees

A family-friendly series featuring classic movie serial episodes plus secret classic feature films. The serial: 1939's stunt-packed cliffhanger Zorro's Fighting Legion. The secret feature films: secret, but they'll follow monthly themes including adventure, swashbucklers, westerns, and sci-fi.

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

JAN 17–MARCH 20

Viva l'Italia: Italian Film from Fellini to Commedia All'Italiana

SAM screens highlights of classic Italian cinema, including Fellini's The Nights of Cabiria and La Dolce Vita, Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers, Pasolini's Mamma Roma, and Rossellini's The Flowers of Saint Francis. Films in Italian with English subtitles.

Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3210, seattleartmuseum.org

JAN 24–FEB 3

Children's Film Festival Seattle

An 11-day extravaganza celebrating children's cinema from all over the world, plus live performances, hands-on workshops, pajama parties, and a pancake breakfast.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

Events

DEC 7–13

Mekong Hotel

From Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the director of the Palme d'Or–winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, comes this portrait of a haunted guesthouse situated on the river separating Thailand from Laos. (Screens with Apichatpong's short film Sakda.)

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

DEC 7–27

It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's tear-jerking holiday death trip returns to the big screen. Merry Christmas, you old Savings and Loan!

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

DEC 8

VHSXMAS Vol. 2

Those driven freaks at Scarecrow Video have once again pillaged their vast VHS vaults for a mind-expanding collection of freaky-rare Christmas footage, from variety show blowouts to creeptastic commercials and cartoons and beyond.

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

DEC 10

Opera: Siegfried

Wagner's Ring Cycle continues (does it ever not?) with Siegfried, as performed by La Scala of Milan. Daniel Barenboim conducts. (295 minutes with two intermissions.)

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 324-9996, siff.net

DEC 10

Next Dance Cinema

Velocity Dance Center's annual showcase of dance films from Pacific Northwest artists.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

DEC 11–13

Coast Modern

Back after a well-received screening at the 2012 Local Sightings festival, Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome's artful documentary turns the lens on "stunning examples of modernist architecture, from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle, from the early 20th century to the second wave of postwar America to today's current modernist renaissance."

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

DEC 13

An Evening with Auntie Mame

If there's one thing gay men love, it's either cock or brunch. But Auntie Mame is right up there, too—hence Three Dollar Bill Cinema's holiday-time screening of the gayly beloved 1958 film, in which Rosalind Russell plays a woman so fabulous, fearless, life-loving, and drunk that she was immediately and forever crowned Queen of the Gays. Go see why with your own eyes (it's great).

Pacific Place, 600 Pine St, threedollarbillcinema.org

DEC 17

Swan Lake

The source material for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (along with Carrie and softcore lesbian porn) as performed by the Royal Ballet.

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 324-9996, siff.net

DEC 20

Chris Marker Tribute: Sans Soleil

NWFF honors the late, great French filmmaker and multimedia artist Chris Marker with a screening of Sans Soleil, his free-form travelogue roaming from Africa to Japan.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

DEC 24

The Christmas Specials Special

Get your holiday-entertainment fix with this feature-length montage of history's best, worst, and weirdest Christmas specials, from Skeletor finding warmth in his heart to Charo singing "Feliz Navidad."

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 324-9996, siff.net

DEC 25

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along!

Ignore Christmas with the greatest Jewish-themed musical of all time (screw you, Yentl), complete with a Chinese food buffet at intermission!

SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JAN 4–10

Francine

Oscar-winner Melissa Leo gets her indie grit on in this quiet character study of a small-town ex-con with weird social skills and a love of animals.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JAN 11–13

The Tin Drum (director's cut)

Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 1979, Volker Schlöndorff's film adaptation of Günter Grass's The Tin Drum is a surreal, brainy fantasia concerning a freaky little kid in Germany just before the start of World War II. Here's the director's cut, featuring 20 minutes of previously unseen footage, and presented in a new digital restoration.

SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 324-9996, siff.net

JAN 11–17

Nana

Valerie Massadian's directorial debut stars a 4-year-old girl, who plays a 4-year-old girl who's been abandoned by her mother on the outskirts of a pig farm. "There's not one word, one gesture—nothing—that I imposed on her," said Massadian to Interview. "We played."

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JAN 18–24

Law in These Parts

Winner of the Sundance world documentary jury prize, this fascinating documentary tracks the development of military law in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and largely consists of interviews with former Israeli Defense Force prosecutors and judges talking about, well, you know. In Hebrew legalese with subtitles, so fair warning.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JAN 24

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

The wild success of Seattle's GeekGirlCon proved that the days of girls sitting demurely in the background of nerd culture are over. Wonder Women

documents the long road that women have traveled in order to find their own heroes, interviewing a chorus of awesome feminists (Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna among them) who critically examine (and, when appropriate, effusively praise) the female hero's journey, from Wonder Woman through Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's a fun, empowering documentary about the never-ending battle against the rampant forces of chauvinist assholism.

SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

FEB 1–7

Consuming Spirits

Using cutout, pencil-drawn collage, and stop-motion animation (shot frame by frame in 16 mm over 15 years), director Chris Sullivan constructs a small-town Appalachian noir involving three characters connected by crime and the local newspaper.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

FEB 6–21

The Great Cinematic Clown Pierre Étaix

Pierre Étaix is the awe-inspiring physical comedian whose film work has been tied up in copyright issues for 40 years—until now. Thanks to a petition of 56,000 signatures (including Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch, and Woody Allen), Étaix's films finally return to cinemas, in all-new 35 mm prints.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

FEB 8–14

We Don't Care About the Music Anyway...

A documentary about Tokyo's avant-garde music scene, from the laptop innovations of Numb to the classical instrument hijacking of Sakamoto Hiromichi.

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

FEB 8–21

Tabu

From Portugal's Miguel Gomes comes this acclaimed experimental film that presents two poetically interlaced stories in sequence. The first is set in contemporary Lisbon, the next in a Portuguese colony in Africa decades earlier. "This is THE film of 2013," crows the NWFF program.

Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

FEB 12–13

Supersilent: 7

A concert film by Norway's acclaimed improvisational music group Supersilent, shot in Oslo in 2004 by artist Kim Hiorthøy.

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

FEB 15–21

8 1/2

Fellini's masterpiece in a 35 mm print for its 50th anniversary.

Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

Openings

DEC 7

North Sea Texas

Set in 1970s Belgium, this Flemish drama concerns a 14-year-old boy who falls in love with his 17-year-old male neighbor.

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

DEC 14

Any Day Now

Winner of the best film award at SIFF 2012, Travis Fine's based-on-a-true-story drama follows a 1970s gay couple (played by Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt) struggling to care for an abandoned child with Down syndrome.

Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

DEC 19

The Guilt Trip

A road-trip comedy starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand as mother and son. (Guess which one's which?)

Wide release

DEC 21

Not Fade Away

A band of friends in 1960s New Jersey strive for rock 'n' roll stardom in the first feature film from David Chase (aka the man who made The Sopranos).

Wide release

Hyde Park on Hudson

Bill Murray pretends to be Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this dramatic reenactment of the time the Queen of England's parents visited the White House (distracting FDR from his burgeoning affair with his distant cousin).

Egyptian, 805 E Pine St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

The Impossible

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this Spanish drama about one family's experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, 781-5755, landmark theatres.com

DEC 25

Django Unchained

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this nouveau western follows a freed slave as he makes his way across the country with a bounty hunter. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

Promised Land

Gus Van Sant directs an adaptation of a Dave Eggers story about a battle over drilling rights in a depressed rural town. Starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski (who also teamed up to write the screenplay).

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

JAN 11

Rust and Bone

A French-Belgian drama about an unemployed 25-year-old man who falls in love with a killer-whale trainer played by Marion Cotillard.

Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

JAN 25

Amour

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Michael Haneke's drama focuses on an elderly couple—both of them retired music teachers—who must deal with the effects of a stroke.

Seven Gables, 911 NE 50th St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

FEB 1

Oscar Nominated Short Films

All of 2012's Academy Award–nominated short films, presented in two programs: live action and animated.

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

FEB 8

56 Up

Michael Apted's documentary series—which has profiled 14 British children at seven-year internals since 1964—continues, with the "kids" now in their mid-50s.

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

FEB 15

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Directed by Dmitry Vasyukov and produced by Werner Herzog, this documentary follows the lives of people living along the Yenisei River in Siberian Taiga.

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755,

landmarktheatres.com

FEB 22

West of Memphis

Following the accidental masterpiece that is the eight-hour Paradise Lost trilogy, West of Memphis is another documentary about the West Memphis Three, the trio of weird kids in Arkansas who were spuriously sentenced to life in prison for the alleged "satanic cult" murder of three young boys. And it's great, condensing the vast story into a tight hour, and then devoting the final 90 minutes to stuff we haven't seen before, including a galling alternate theory of the crime and glorious footage of the WM3 upon their 2011 release.

Egyptian, 805 E Pine St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

John Dies at the End

A big-screen adaptation of David Wong's comedic horror novel/online series about a new street drug that hurtles users through time.

Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

 

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