The 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the largest film festival in the US, with 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It will run from May 17–June 10, 2018. Find a list of parties and special events here.

SIFF 2018 Films

1985

USA | 2018 | 85m | Yen Tan
SIFF Says: It’s 1985, and Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, CAROL) has returned home to Fort Worth for Christmas, his first visit in three years. He’s been in New York pursuing a career in advertising, but as far as his family ...

Adventures in the Unknown

90m
SIFF Says: Seven short films that explore what happens when people step off of the traditional path and enter uncharted territory.

Afghan Cycles

U.S. Premiere | USA | 2018 | 90m | Sarah Menzies
SIFF Says: Imagine being cursed, dodging hurled rocks, and avoiding angry cars all while catching death threats just for getting on your bike. That’s what the women featured in AFGHAN CYCLES withstand as they pursue their cycling passions. Seattle-based filmmaker ...

The African Storm

Benin | 2017 | 89m | Sylvestre Amoussou
Stranger Says: The African country in this very entertaining film is, like Black Panther’s Wakanda, fictional. Also like Wakanda, it’s run by an enlightened leader, played by the director Sylvestre Amoussou. But whereas the leader of Wakanda is in ...

After the War

France | 2017 | 92m | Annarita Zambrano
Stranger Says: When the political assassination of a professor puts Italian law enforcement on high alert, a former terrorist (Giuseppe Battiston) grabs his family and holes up somewhere off the map in France. It works—for a while. This is ...

ALT Shorts

78m
SIFF Says: A grab bag of experimental expressions and rhythmic abstractions, of found footage flickers and unresolved images, with a little humor thrown in for good measure.

Amateurs

Sweden | 2018 | 102m | Gabriela Pichler
SIFF Says: The fictional town of Lafors, Sweden is in a downward trend and unemployment is high. Known primarily for its leather, textiles, and its drunken western weekend fairs, it’s in desperate need of an economic boost. Enter Billytown, a ...

American Animals

USA | 2018 | 116m | Bart Layton
Stranger Says: In American Animals, the traditional heist film genre is refreshingly twisted by taking a true-life story and combining it with fiction. Interviews of the men involved in the real crime provide a counterpoint with the dramatization of ...

Ana, mon Amour

Romania | 2017 | 130m | Cãlin Peter Netzer
SIFF Says: Devout love and debilitating mental illness elope in this gripping romantic drama about two Romanian lovers. At the film’s onset, university lit students Toma and Ana are discussing Nietzsche while flirtatiously assessing one another. Soon, things continue in ...

Anchor and Hope

Spain | 2017 | 112m | Carlos Marques-Marcet
SIFF Says: After his debut feature film 10.000 KM (SIFF, 2014) became an international success, Carlos Marques-Marcet returns with this alternative dark rom-com about diverging needs in a relationship. Young gay couple Kat (Natalia Tena, the HARRY POTTER series) and ...

Angels Wear White

China | 2017 | 107m | Vivian Qu
Stranger Says: Remarkable youth performances anchor Vivian Qu’s rigorous procedural about the adults who exploit children—and the systemic misogyny that protects them. Mia, who is undocumented, is working at a seaside motel when a prominent citizen checks in with ...

Animation4Adults

86m
SIFF Says: This year’s animation package plunges you into secret worlds, teeming with ancient rituals, Nazi hunters, and a certain father’s secret stash.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco

USA | 2017 | 90m | James Crump
SIFF Says: Exploring the energy and intrigue of the seventies through the narratives of industry legends, ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO paints a portrait of a man whose lust for life was transcendent. As a fashion illustrator, his ...

Automata

USA | 2017 | 52m | Van Alan
SIFF Says: Putting a science fiction twist on the classic hardboiled detective drama, AUTOMATA explores a dystopian alternative version of Prohibition-era New York City, similarly shaped by moral panic even though the alcohol flows freely here. In this universe, Prohibition ...

Ava

Iran | 2017 | 103m | Sadaf Foroughi
Stranger Says: It’s not easy being a teenage girl in Iran. Girls are kept on a tight leash, and Ava fights against the constraints imposed on her by her school, her parents, and her society. The schoolgirls are watched ...

Austria | 2017 | 99m | Johann Lurf
Johann Lurf has made a film that can be watched only while one is stoned. It’s a 99-minute journey through 110 years of starry skies in cinema. We see shot after shot after shot of stars and more stars. The ...

Ballet Now

World Premiere | USA | 2018 | 67m | Steven Cantor
SIFF Says: A tip and a tap, the spin and pirouette, live orchestra melodies ebb and flow with the bodies of the stage performers, thus a dance performance made up of several individual pieces and moving parts comes together as ...

Beast

United Kingdom | 2017 | 107m | Michael Pearce
Stranger Says: A perfect thriller has to have the right balance of suspense, threat of danger, lust and sex, and melodrama. Beast wonderfully has all of these things and a great cast. At the center of the plot is ...

Bee Nation

Canada | 2017 | 78m | Lana Šlezic
SIFF Says: In 2016, children from Saskatchewan’s indigenous tribes strode into history competing in Canada’s first ever province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee. In her first feature-length documentary, director Lana Šlezić follows the paths of six young competitors, from their studies ...

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

United Kingdom | 2018 | 100m | Steve Sullivan
SIFF Says: In 2014, SIFF audiences were smitten by a Lenny Abrahamson film called FRANK, about an experimental British-American band fronted by a lead singer (Michael Fassbender) who can only perform wearing a large papier-mâché cartoon head. While FRANK was ...

Being There

USA | 1979 | 130m | Hal Ashby
One of the most brilliant, turbulent, and frustrating actors of the 20th century, Peter Sellers, pretty much gave his goodbye to the world and fame with this 1979 film. It’s directed by the great Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude). It’s ...

Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life

France | 2018 | 97m | Clovis Cornillac
SIFF Says: In previous installments of this charming boy-and-his-dog film trilogy, the titular Pyrenean mountain dog and her best friend have conspired to defeat Nazis in the French Alps and rescue the freedom-fighting Angélina (Margaux Chatelier), a mother figure to ...

Belle de Jour

France | 1967 | 100m | Luis Buñuel
Stranger Says: If you have seen Luis Buñuel’s 1967 film about a beautiful but bored bourgeois housewife, Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve), who suddenly and secretly becomes a prostitute and has all of her predictable fantasies fulfilled by rough and ...

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales...

France | 2017 | 83m | Patrick Imbert
SIFF Says: Cunning and ruthless, a fox descends upon his helpless prey, three newly hatched chicks huddled in the night…and decides that they’re too darn cute to eat. Adapting from his own graphic novel, Benjamin Renner (co-director of ERNEST & ...

Birds Are Singing in Kigali

Poland | 2017 | 113m | Joanna Kos-Krauze
Stranger Says: Polish ornithologist Anna is studying vultures in Rwanda when the 1994 genocide begins. She saves a young Tutsi woman, Claudine, and takes her back to Poland. There is an unknown history and an intense hostility between the ...

BLAZE

USA | 2018 | 127m | Ethan Hawke
SIFF Says: Blaze Foley was one of those raw musical talents that absolutely refused stardom and reveled in obscurity. Ethan Hawke’s biopic BLAZE, based on Foley’s former wife and accomplished playwright Sybil Rosen’s memoir, is a touching ode to the ...

The Bleeding Edge

USA | 2018 | 99m | Kirby Dick
SIFF Says: America has the most technologically advanced health care system in the world. Through research and development, our quality of life has drastically improved, from the advent of pacemakers to bionic limbs. However these same life saving technologies may ...

The Blessed

France | 2017 | 102m | Sofia Djama
Stranger Says: Set in Algiers in 2008, a few years after the long civil war has ended, the story looks at a generational divide, where the more cosmopolitan, secular (French-speaking) Algerians are at odds with the younger society that ...

Blindspotting

USA | 2018 | 95m | Carlos López Estrada
Stranger Says: It took winning a Tony Award for his dual roles as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the musical phenomenon Hamilton for Daveed Diggs to get his long-gestating dream project to the big screen. It ...

Bloody Milk

France | 2017 | 90m | Hubert Charuel
SIFF Says: Reserved 35-year-old Pierre Chavanges (Swann Arlaud, THE ANARCHISTS) seems to single-handedly run his family’s dairy farm. Preferring to do the work manually, his milk is ranked #1 in terms of quality, much better than the high-production, machine-using farms ...

Blue My Mind

Switzerland | 2017 | 97m | Lisa Brühlmann
SIFF Says: Dealing with the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence, BLUE MY MIND follows Mia (newcomer Luna Wedler) as she navigates her first year at a new high school. Rebelling against her workaholic mother, her changing body, and her heightened ...

Bodied

USA | 2017 | 121m | Joseph Kahn
SIFF Says: Director Joseph Kahn—most known for his decades-spanning music video career working with artists like Britney Spears (“Toxic”), Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name”), Taylor Swift (“Bad Blood”), and many more—steps into the underground realm of Oakland hip-hop in his ...

The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful

Taiwan | 2017 | 112m | YANG Ya-che
Stranger Says: A powerful matriarch’s attempt to strengthen her family’s land holdings leads to murder, PSA-worthy drug freak-outs, and enough double-crosses to keep crime podcasts in business for decades. Few movies could ever live up to the gloriously purple ...

The Bookshop

United Kingdom | 2017 | 110m | Isabel Coixet
SIFF Says: Who thought opening a bookstore would be so difficult catering to small-town conservative British folks who aren’t too enthusiastic about reading? Set in 1959, Isabel Coixet’s THE BOOKSHOP centers on Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a 16 years war ...

The Bottomless Bag

Russia | 2017 | 104m | Rustam Khamdamov
Stranger Says: Rashomon, in which multiple people describe the same violent crime, has become the archetypal simile for people trying to describe the problems of subjective perception in establishing truth. This Russian film adapts the same short story that ...

Boundaries

USA | 2018 | 104m | Shana Feste
SIFF Says: Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a bundle of neuroses, so afraid of abandonment she can’t resist adopting every stray animal she sees. Her itinerant father, Jack (Christopher Plummer), barely a presence in her childhood, now finds himself kicked out ...

Breath

Australia | 2017 | 115m | Simon Baker
Stranger Says: An uncommonly strong coming-of-age story about two young best friends in early 1970s Australia who, under the tutelage of an older adept, become immersed in the itinerant, vaguely mystical, entirely hardcore culture of surfing (before it was ...

Brewmaster

USA | 2018 | 91m | Douglas Tirola
SIFF Says: Every day in America, three new breweries open for business, and there are now more breweries in the United States than institutions of higher learning. By all accounts, the past two decades have been a renaissance period for ...

Butterflies

Turkey | 2018 | 117m | Tolga Karaçelik
SIFF Says: Adult siblings Cemal, Kenan, and Suzan haven’t stayed in touch. But when their father issues a mysterious summons, the three reunite for a road trip that will take them back to their home village, into the origins of ...

Cake General

North America Premiere | Sweden | 2018 | 101m | Filip Hammar
SIFF Says: In 1984, the small town of Köping is named the most boring town in Sweden by a popular television show, Rekord-Magazinet. Resident Hasse Pettersson (Mikael Perssbrandt, THE HOBBIT) refuses to allow his new home to become the subject ...

The Captain

U.S. Premiere | Germany | 2017 | 118m | Robert Schwentke
Stranger Says: Breathtaking black-and-white cinematography enlivens and ennobles this unbelievably brutal, disturbingly brilliant psychological study of the corrupting influence of power. Two weeks before the end of WWII, a lowly, starving German soldier, probably a deserter, scavenges a meager ...

Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

U.S. Premiere | Canada | 2018 | 75m | Aaron Hancox
SIFF Says: In a world where one spontaneous hairball can throw everything off balance, and the toughest guys in the game have names like "Mr. Sandman," there can only be one true champion. This is the world of Canadian competitive ...

C’est la vie!

France | 2017 | 115m | Olivier Nakache
SIFF Says: From the directors of international sensation THE INTOUCHABLES comes the biggest party of the year. Max Angély (Jean-Pierre Bacri, THE TASTE OF OTHERS) is an aging, beleaguered caterer at the end of his rope, hoping to sell his ...

Champions

North America Premiere | Spain | 2018 | 120m | Javier Fesser
Stranger Says: After torpedoing both his career and his driving record in one night, a hotshot assistant basketball coach is forced to take charge of a ragtag team of disabled players. That faint rumbling sound in the background is ...

The Changeling

Canada | 1980 | 107m | Peter Medak
Stranger Says: An underrated haunted-house film set in Seattle (though filmed mostly in Vancouver, even then). George C. Scott plays a famous composer (sure, why not?) whose wife and daughter are killed in a horrible accident. He immerses himself ...

The Charmer

Denmark | 2017 | 100m | Milad Alami
Stranger Says: This film, which is perfect until its final 15 minutes, is about a youngish Iranian man in Copenhagen who is trying to fuck his way to Danish citizenship. He is good-looking. His eyes are large and intelligent. ...

Chedeng & Apple

North America Premiere | Philippines | 2018 | 97m | Rae Red
SIFF Says: Absurdist yet dry cutting humor envelops this part buddy-comedy, part lesbian-romance from Filipino directors Fatrick Tabada and Rae Red. Retired school principal Chedeng is pretty relieved when her demanding elderly husband passes away. She decides it’s time to ...

The Children Act

United Kingdom | 2017 | 105m | Richard Eyre
Stranger Says: This is the second film in the festival based on a novel by Booker Prize–winning author Ian McEwan (the other is On Chesil Beach). This time, the screenplay is adapted by McEwan himself and directed by Richard ...

Cinderella the Cat

Italy | 2017 | 86m | Alessandro Rak
SIFF Says: The classic fairytale gets a dark, stylized re-do in this Italian animated tale by directorial quartet Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, and Dario Sansone. Set almost entirely on an old ship in a dystopian Naples, this story ...

Constructing Albert

Spain | 2017 | 82m | Laura Collado
Stranger Says: After the famous sibling-run Spanish restaurant elBulli closed its doors in 2011, younger brother Albert Adrià went on a gastronomic tear, with a plan to open five very different restaurants around Barcelona at warp speed. The frenzied ...

Cook Off

North America Premiere | Zimbabwe | 2017 | 116m | Tomas L. Brickhill
SIFF Says: Take “Iron Chef” and sauté it with a healthy dose of romantic comedy and you’d get COOK OFF, Zimbabwe director Thomas Brickhill’s first feature film. Anesu’s life has come to a standstill with a dead-end cooking job, no ...

Crime + Punishment

USA | 2018 | 110m | Stephen Maing
Stranger Says: Are you aware of the number of people in prison for crimes they did not commit, or else crimes that are so minor that white people would not even be arrested for them? Would you be shocked ...

The Crime of Monsieur Lange

France | 1936 | 83m | Jean Renoir
Stranger Says: The 1930s were good to French director Jean Renoir. In that decade, which was between the world-historical stock-market crash and the war that would break Europe’s back, Renoir directed two classics of cinema: The Rules of the ...

Cuban Food Stories

Cuba | 2018 | 83m | Asori Soto
Stranger Says: Food is inextricably linked to culture, to tradition, and to memory. Unfortunately for filmmaker and Cuba native Asori Soto, he was robbed of those memories as a child, when the economic crisis forced bereft cooks to scrimp ...

Dark River

United Kingdom | 2017 | 90m | Clio Barnard
SIFF Says: Grey, gritty pastorals, dark emerging clouds, and obscure undertones—these all exemplify the tense, sharp, and volatile film DARK RIVER, a film about childhood abuse that reaches treacherously into adulthood. Ruth Wilson (ANNA KAREINA) is Alice Bell, a weary ...

Dawnland

USA | 2018 | 87m | Adam Mazo
SIFF Says: For much of the last century, the United States government maintained a genocidal policy that forcibly removed Native American children from their homes and placed them into white communities. Many of them faced traumatic physical and emotional abuse ...

Dead Pigs

China | 2018 | 130m | Cathy Yan
Stranger Says: A river full of mysteriously expired pork serves as the fulcrum for a series of loosely connected stories about getting by in modern China. Also, there’s a musical number or two. Chinese American director Cathy Yan’s debut ...

Death of a Poetess

North America Premiere | Israel | 2017 | 75m | Dana Goldberg
Stranger Says: Did an Arab woman drown a Jewish woman, or is a Jewish investigator unfairly sticking the crime to the member of the oppressed class? That’s the question you’re supposed to care most about in this short interrogation ...

The Devil's Doorway

World Premiere | United Kingdom | 2018 | 76m | Aislinn Clarke
SIFF Says: In October of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton are sent by the Vatican to investigate a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood in a rural Irish convent, a “Magdalene laundry” that serves as a ...

Disobedience

United Kingdom | 2017 | 114m | Sebastián Lelio
Stranger Says: I didn’t expect Rachel Weisz would ever produce and star in a film with hot lesbian sex set in an Orthodox Jewish community. Ever. (Maybe I was misled by the fact that she is married to Daniel ...

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

USA | 2018 | 113m | Gus Van Sant
Stranger Says: The latest from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy, Milk, etc.), follows Portland artist John Callahan (played by Joaquin Phoenix) from his hard-partying days, through a drunken accident that leaves him mostly paralyzed, to his ...

Doubtful

U.S. Premiere | Israel | 2017 | 88m | Eliran Elia
SIFF Says: Assi, a screenwriter and a poet, is sentenced to community service following a motorcycle accident. The form of this community service? Teaching cinema to a group of juvenile delinquents in a southern Israeli town. He might have had ...

The Drummer and The Keeper

Ireland | 2017 | 93m | Nick Kelly
Stranger Says: A sweet but predictable story about the friendship between a guy with Asperger’s syndrome and a cool-kid drummer with bipolar disorder and a serious case of pyromania. It’s nice to watch a film about people with mental ...

Edward II

United Kingdom | 1991 | 87m | Derek Jarman
Stranger Says: The late Derek Jarman came fully, ragingly into his own with this adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s play about a king (Steven Waddington) who scandalizes his wife (Tilda Swinton, naturally), appalls the court, and sets palace intrigue in ...

Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day

Germany | 1972 | 478m | Rainer Werner Fassbinder
SIFF Says: Rainer Werner Fassbinder was one of the most prolific filmmakers in history. At the forefront of the New German Cinema movement, he wrote and directed over forty films in fifteen years. He also made two TV series and ...

Eighth Grade

USA | 2018 | 93m | Bo Burnham
Stranger Says: The best way to understand and experience eighth grade for today’s 13-year-olds, along with all of its joys and terrors, is to watch this charming film. Eighth Grade made me remember those days when wanting to be ...

Ellen

North America Premiere | South Africa | 2017 | 123m | Daryne Joshua
Stranger Says: In the bright lexicon of narrative, there’s no grimmer framework than that of a woman forced by circumstance to murder her own meth-addicted son. And that’s just the dusk on the fringes of the darkness this true ...

The Empty Hands

North America Premiere | Hong Kong | 2017 | 87m | Chapman To
Stranger Says: This martial-arts drama is told with heart and humor. It is about an entitled slacker who has a strained relationship with her karate coach dad. She blames him for her mom leaving, and she also has lingering ...

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil

North America Premiere | Spain | 2017 | 93m | Paul Urkijo Alijo
SIFF Says: From producer Álex de la Iglesia comes ERREMENTARI: THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVIL, an unholy new horror-comedy that harkens back to THE DAY OF THE BEAST (SIFF 1998). Eight years after the First Carlist War, Alfredo Ortiz, a ...

The Eternal Road

Finland | 2017 | 103m | AJ Annila
Stranger Says: A Finnish man finds himself leading a dangerous double life on a Soviet collective farm in the 1930s. Director AJ Annila has a brawny, aggressive style (his earlier horror film Sauna maintained an impressively dreadful momentum), which ...

Every Act of Life

USA | 2018 | 94m | Jeff Kaufman
SIFF Says: If playwright Terrence McNally’s upbringing were itself a play, you might ask for rewrites on the grounds of cliché: repressive ’50s, Texas backwater; Mom drank, Dad hit; writing was an escape and New York City was Mecca. If ...

The Faces of Zandra Rhodes

World Premiere | USA | 2018 | 81m | David Wiesehan
Stranger Says: Although she was among the 1970s-era wave of British designers who put London on the international fashion map with outrageous creativity (which she channels into art that is then channeled into her designs), it’s hard to tell ...

Falling

North America Premiere | Ukraine | 2017 | 105m | Marina Stepanska
Stranger Says: While drying out in the Ukrainian countryside, an erstwhile musician has a chance encounter with a illusion-free woman. A very promising debut for director Marina Stepanska, where the emotional surges and deeply felt performances handily overcome the ...

The Family Picture Show

83m
SIFF Says: Bring the whole family to the cinema for a playful set of animated, live action, and documentary short films curated for the young and the young at heart.

The Field Guide to Evil

Germany | 2018 | 117m | Veronika Franz
SIFF Says: From the producers of THE ABCS OF DEATH comes a new horror anthology based on dark folk tales from around the world and featuring eight nightmarish new stories from the directors of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, ...

First Reformed

USA | 2017 | 113m | Paul Schrader
Stranger Says: Don’t make the mistake I made at the Telluride Film Festival when I skipped this unexpected magnum opus from the writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Paul Schrader’s latest film is a return to form. Infused ...

Fly Filmmaking Challenge

42m
SIFF Says: Six filmmakers across Washington State were challenged to create a short documentary about an artist and their lens of creativity.

Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems

USA | 2018 | 85m | Joe Pickett
SIFF Says: Ranging from industrial training videos to forsaken home movies, comedians Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher's vast VHS library features the world's largest collection of strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid videos, the best (and worst) of which they have ...

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

USA | 2018 | 70m | Brent Hodge
Stranger Says: It’s always a pleasure to reminisce about this, indisputably one of the best shows ever on TV. Creators Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, and the whole cast (Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, et al), ...

FutureWave Shorts

88m
SIFF Says: The next generation of filmmakers are finding their own unique voices and are creating media with purpose. These international shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong in the future.

Garbage

North America Premiere | India | 2018 | 105m | Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee)
SIFF Says: “Although the events are dangerously true,” GARBAGE’s opening legend intones, “this is a work of fiction.” With a pulsing energy and a ferocious call to arms to dismantle the world of violent men, this taboo-breaking thriller from Indian ...

Gauguin

France | 2017 | 102m | Edouard Deluc
Stranger Says: In a world that reprimands Isle of Dogs for having the temerity to have been set in Japan, it’s hard to imagine this mostly uncritical tale of Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian sojourn—which yielded genuinely startling paintings—passing muster with ...

Genesis

North America Premiere | Hungary | 2018 | 120m | Árpád Bogdán
SIFF Says: Director Árpád Bogdán presents us with a three-pronged story: one of a Roma boy, one of a teenage archer, and one of a young lawyer, three people from completely different parts of Hungarian society that are connected by ...

Giant

Spain | 2017 | 115m | Jon Garaño
SIFF Says: Living a bare-bones existence as tenant farmers in the small Basque village of Altzo, Antonio (Ramon Agirre, AMOUR) and his sons Martin (Joseba Usabiaga) and Joaquin (Eneko Sagardoy) live a simple life of modest ambitions and mounting debts. ...

Girls Always Happy

North America Premiere | China | 2018 | 117m | Yang Mingming
Stranger Says: An adrift screenwriter (director/writer/editor/star Yang Mingming) and her mother share an exceedingly cramped house in Beijing. The sounds of their bickering can be heard from space. This sneakily insightful drama features a terrifically lived-in chemistry between the ...

Global Frames

91m
SIFF Says: Get a new perspective with some of the best international shorts from around the world.

Godard Mon Amour

France | 2017 | 102m | Michel Hazanavicius
Stranger Says: The fact that Jean-Luc Godard would detest this light, new-wave-as-pop-art treatment of his brief courtship and marriage to Anne Wiazemsky is no reason a regular human can’t enjoy it. And in a way, there’s a pleasing irony ...

Going West

Norway | 2018 | 80m | Henrick Martin Daslsbakken
SIFF Says: A Norwegian quilting competition and an estranged father-son relationship make up the premise of Henrick Martin Daslsbakken’s silly and heartfelt road movie GOING WEST. Kasper (Benjamin Helstad, SIFF 2016’s THE LAST KING) is a recently unemployed music teacher ...

Gold Seekers

Paraguay | 2017 | 102m | Juan Carlos Maneglia
SIFF Says: Good-natured and clever to a fault, newspaper delivery boy Manu (Tomas Arredondo) dreams of a life of opulence and wealth, one far removed from the realities of La Chacarita, the shantytown outside Asunción where he’s stuck living with ...

Good Manners

Brazil | 2017 | 135m | Marco Dutra
Stranger Says: A black woman, Clara, becomes a domestic servant to an upper-class pregnant white woman. Their formal relationship turns deeply weird when Clara discovers her boss’s grotesque nocturnal habits. At first satirizing the exploitation of the working class, ...

A Good Week for Democracy

North America Premiere | Sweden | 2018 | 76m | Cecilia Björk
SIFF Says: Director Cecilia Björk has created an arresting visual time stamp of society and democracy in her feature film debut, A GOOD WEEK FOR DEMOCRACY. Shot over three years during Sweden’s famous annual summertime political-fest known as Almedalen Week, ...

The Gospel According to André

USA | 2017 | 94m | Kate Novack
SIFF Says: Inspired by the effortless glamour of his late grandmother and the grandeur of traditional church wear, a boy growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South became one of the first black voices in fashion and an icon ...

Green Days by the River

Trinidad and Tobago | 2017 | 102m | Michael Mooleedhar
Stranger Says: In 1950s Trinidad, Shell is a charismatic 15-year-old who has moved to a new rural community. It is a beautiful place, all shades of green with lovely meandering rivers. He faces the usual teenage dilemmas: which girl ...

The Greenaway Alphabet

North America Premiere | Netherlands | 2017 | 68m | Saskia Boddeke
SIFF Says: Artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway is a collector. He collects images and ideas, and then arranges them into cinematic encyclopedias. His movies can come across as cold and calculating, but only if you don’t realize how personal they ...

The Guilty

Denmark | 2018 | 85m | Gustav Möller
SIFF Says: Asger (Jakob Cedergren) is a former street cop relegated to dispatch duty for reasons murky throughout the film yet not unrelated to his personal psyche. While passively answering the routine call center riff-raff, he’s strung to attention by ...

Hagazussa - A Heathen’s Curse

Germany | 2017 | 102m | Lukas Feigelfeld
Stranger Says: Slow, cruel, and ghoulishly beautiful, Hagazussa chronicles the deterioration of an outcast woman in 15th-century Austria. Shunned single mother Albrun, haunted by her own mother’s death from plague, lives in a mountain hut and farms goats. One ...

Hal

USA | 2018 | 90m | Amy Scott
SIFF Says: “The film will tell you what to do.” Hal Ashby, the rebellious, humanistic, obsessive director, made some of the greatest films of the ’70s, although his name is rarely mentioned in the same breath as his New Hollywood ...

Half Widow

India | 2017 | 91m | Danish Renzu
Stranger Says: Being widowed is hard enough. But imagine if your husband disappeared and not knowing if he is alive or dead, or whether he will ever return. In the Muslim community of Kashmir, Neela and Khalid have a ...

Happy Birthday

Greece | 2017 | 88m | Christos Georgiou
Stranger Says: After encountering each other on opposite sides of a violent protest, a policeman and his rebellious daughter reach the Final Straw. When the rest of the family confines the two to their country house, they must decide ...

Hard Paint

Brazil | 2018 | 119m | Filipe Matzembacher
SIFF Says: Living in the shadow of a devastating nightclub attack and its ongoing legal aftermath, emotionally withdrawn Pedro (newcomer Shico Menegat) finds connection to the outside world as “Neon Boy,” an online erotic performer whose neon paint-slathered blacklight dances ...