IE Branded Films
Come see what films the IE is hosting at SIFF!
Directed by E. J-Yong
A magazine plans to create an end-of-year sensation by having all of Korea’s most glamorous actresses together in one photograph for the first time. E. J-Yong’s delicious mockumentary, in which top Korean stars play not themselves, but their acting personas, flirts with the boundaries between fiction and reality.
May 22, 3:45 p.m., Admiral
May 24, 7 p.m., Uptown
May 30, 4 p.m., Egyptian
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Nozomi is lonely, middle-aged Hideo’s faithful companion – and an inflatable doll. One morning, she twitches into life and embarks on a new existence, innocently experimenting with the outside world.
May 21, 4 p.m., Neptune
May 24, 9:30 p.m., Neptune
At the End of Daybreak
(US Premiere) Malaysia/South Korea
Directed by Ho Yuhang
Based on a true story ripped from the headlines, Ho Yuhang’s tale of an illicit affair between a confused 23-year-old and an underage high-school girl is a modern Malaysian film noir. Sophisticated visuals capture the dread, confusion, and moral emptiness as well as their shocking results.
June 9, 7 p.m., Harvard Exit
June 11, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place
Directed by Arvin Chen
Love makes us do strange things. A lovesick teen, a retiring gangster, a broken-hearted cop, a wannabe thug and his trio of henchmen, and a bookshop clerk irreparably cross paths one night in the lively metropolis of Taipei. The encounters change their fates and fortunes, possibly forever. An irreverent, and cheeky romantic comedy-caper.
June 6, 6:30 p.m., Pacific Place
June 7, 4 p.m., Pacific Place
June 12, 6 p.m., KPC in Kirkland
Directed by Ralston Jover
A realistic docudrama, Bakal Boys tells the heart-tugging story of children who scavenge for metal scraps in the murky waters of Manila Bay, often risking their lives in the process.
May 24, 9:20 p.m., Harvard Exit
May 27, 9:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema
Between Two Worlds
Directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara
Four years after the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, the fighting has stopped but life is still far from normal. When two refugees flee a violent city and head for the hills, the countryside reveals increasing menace in this haunting meditation on the nature of conflict.
May 22, 9:15 p.m., Harvard Exit
May 24, 5 p.m., SIFF Cinema
May 31, 1 p.m., EPAC in Everett
Bodyguards and Assassins
Directed by Teddy Chen
Hong Kong, 1906: Revolutionary leader Sun Wen arrives for secret talks with leaders of the local resistance only to find a trap lain by the Qing Dynasty. The film delivers a suspenseful tour de force filled with operatic grandeur and cathartic action as Asian cinema’s biggest stars do battle in a deadly ambush.
May 22, 9:30 p.m., Neptune
June 1, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian
Castaway on the Moon
Directed by Lee Hey-jun
Heartbroken and destitute, Kim Seong-geun jumps off a bridge, washes up on a small island, and must resign himself to life in the wild. A reclusive young woman in the city finds his sand-scrawled messages through her telescope, sparking a series of communications in this charming love story of misfits.
May 21, 4 p.m., Pacific Place
May 23, 9:30 p.m., Neptune
June 2, 9:15 p.m., EPAC in Everett
The Chef of South Polar
Directed by Shuichi Okita
A warm-hearted foodie comedy set in a freezing climate. On a tough tour of duty at an Antarctic research station, cabin fever threatens to derail the eight-man crew. Enter Chef Nishimura and his exquisite cuisine; suddenly the long dark days start to look a lot brighter.
May 22, 11 a.m., Neptune
May 24, 7 p.m., Harvard Exit
May 26, 6:30 p.m., Admiral
City of Life and Death
Directed by Lu Chuan
Acclaimed Chinese director Lu Chuan delivers a nuanced, beautifully shot film on the 1937 Nanking Massacre. Including the perspectives of both Japanese and Chinese characters, this visceral black-and-white epic featured on many critics’ top-ten lists for 2009.
May 22, 11 a.m., Egyptian Theatre
May 25, 6:30 p.m., Neptune Theatre
May 30, 8:30 p.m., EPAC in Everett
(North American Premiere) Hong Kong
Directed by Ivy Ho
Set-up by their well-meaning parents, Loy and Oi-Lin meet for a blind date though both have someone else in their hearts. Despite trying to sabotage the arranged affair, a flirtatious undercurrent between them swells and threatens to sweep away their carefully constructed plans in this endearing and fresh romantic comedy.
June 10, 7 p.m., Pacific Place
Friday, June 11, 1:30 p.m.,
Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung
You have no idea how terrifying the housing crisis can get. Upwardly-mobile Cheng Lai-Sheung will do anything to move into a new apartment with a magnificent sea view, even if it means going around her mortgage broker and taking matters into her own gory hands. Warning: This film features disturbingly imaginative violence and lifestyle fetishization.
June 11, 11:59 p.m., Egyptian
June 13, 7 p.m., Pacific Place
The Eagle Hunter’s Son
Directed by Rene Bo Hansen
This exotic and heartwarming story of tradition and self-discovery is a cinematic feast of sweeping Mongolian landscapes. Bazarbai, a 12-year-old nomad, dreams of life in the big city, but his journey, in the company of his father’s eagle, reveals the path to his true home.
May 23, 1 p.m., Admiral
May 30, 11 a.m., Neptune
May 31, 6:30 p.m., Neptune
K-20: The Fiend with 20 Faces
Directed by Shimako Sato
Framed by the masked master thief K-20, circus acrobat Hekichi Endo escapes from prison seeking only to clear his name. With the aid of the thieves’ guild and society princess Hashiba, he assumes K-20’s identity and embarks on a swashbuckling quest for absolution.
May 21, 9:30 p.m., Admiral
May 29, 9 p.m., Neptune
June 4, 9:30 p.m., KPC in Kirkland
Directed by Sabu
On a Japanese crab-canning ship Kanikosen at the turn of the 20th century, enslaved workers rebel against their tyrannical employers for their own survival and liberty in this beautifully captured, sometimes bizarrely funny film.
May 23, 3 p.m., Admiral
May 27, 9:30 p.m., Uptown
May 31, 8:30 p.m., Egyptian
Directed by Paresh Kamdar
Sparse in dialogue but rich in visuals, Khargosh centers on ten-year-old Bantu who becomes a messenger for two young lovers. Carrying letters and arranging rendezvous, he enters a world of love and romance that he barely understands.
May 30, 1:30 p.m., Uptown
June 1, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian
June 6, 3 p.m., KPC in Kirkland
Last Train Home
Directed by Lixin Fan
In this moving documentary that puts a human face on China’s ascendance to economic power, Changhua and Sugin Zhang join 130 million other migrant workers on the New Year trek—the one chance a year to see the loved ones they were forced to leave behind.
June 12, 6 p.m., Pacific Place
June 13, 1:30 p.m., Pacific Place
Like You Know It All
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
Film director Ku has never had a hit movie though he’s a critics’ darling both at home and abroad. A series of awkward encounters with old friends and their wives starts to point out the shallowness of Ku’s life and relationships. Director Hong Sang-soo’s most overtly funny film to date.
May 25, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place
May 26, 6:30 p.m., Pacific Place
May 28, 3:30 p.m., Pacific Place
Little Big Soldier
(North American Premiere)
Directed by Ding Sheng
After an aging soldier (Jackie Chan) survives a battle that decimates the rest of his army, he stumbles upon a golden opportunity when he captures a young enemy general. Hoping he will earn a sizeable reward, the soldier begins a long, strange journey back to his homeland with his captive.
June 6, 7:15 p.m., Neptune
June 8, 5 p.m., Neptune
June 11, 1 p.m., Pacific Place
Love in a Puff
(North American Premiere) Hong Kong
Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung
Forced to take their cigarette breaks outdoors, groups of smokers called “hot pot packs” spread the daily gossip in the back alleys of Hong Kong. There, the aptly-named Chimney meets Springer, a local cosmetics salesgirl. As smoke gets in their eyes, one thing leads to another.
June 11, 7 p.m., Pacific Place
June 13, 4 p.m., Pacific Place
Mao’s Last Dancer
Directed by Bruce Beresford
The inspirational true story of a boy’s extraordinary journey from poverty to international stardom. From a grueling apprenticeship as a classical dancer in communist China, to the glory of creative freedom in America, Mao’s Last Dancer captures the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity, the pain of exile, and ultimately the triumph of individual endeavor over ideology.
May 27, 7 p.m., EPAC in Everett
May 29, 5:30 p.m., Uptown
May 31, 3 p.m., Uptown
Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong
The simple story of an embittered invalid adjusting to a new nurse is the frame for an inventively crafted meditation on family, class, politics, and the cosmic scheme of things in this audacious and award-winning first feature.
May 23, 11 a.m., Pacific Place
May 24, 7 p.m., Pacific Place
Directed by Anusha Rizvi
Faced with financial ruin, poor farmer Natha learns of a program that would benefit his family if he commits suicide. A media frenzy breaks out when news gets around that he is seriously considering this desperate option in this Capra-esque, Indian style comedy.
May 29, 8:30 p.m., EPAC in Everett
June 3, 6:30 p.m., Uptown
June 5, 3:30 p.m., Uptown
Prince of Tears
Directed by Yonfan
Yonfan’s sumptuously made drama looks back to 1950s Taiwan, when anti-communist feeling was at an all-time high, to tell the fairy tale-like story of two young sisters whose parents are arrested as communist spies. Hong Kong’s Official Academy Awards Submission 2009 (Best Foreign Language Film) features stunning cinematography, luscious set design, and a plot with more than a few twists.
May 21, 6:30 p.m., Pacific Place
May 23, 1 p.m., Pacific Place
May 26, 9:15 p.m., Admiral
Directed by Noboru Iguchi
Poor Yoshie lives in the shadow of older sister Kikue, a fast rising star at the local geisha house. But when the local steel baron abducts the pair, transforming them into cybernetic-enhanced geisha assassins, the sisters gleefully elevate their sibling rivalry into a technological arms race to win his heart.
May 28, 11:59 p.m., Egyptian
June 8, 10 p.m., Neptune
A Spray of Plum Blossoms
Directed by Bu Wancang
Set in China circa 1930, Bu Wancang’s silent comedy of manners is based on Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” complete with star-crossed lovers, and mistaken identity, and offers a glimpse of China before the Cultural Revolution. Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.
May 30, 4:30 p.m., SIFF Cinema
The Two Horses of Genghis Khan
Directed by Byambasuren Davaa
A promise, an old horse-head violin, and an ancient lost song lead classical singer Urna back to Outer Mongolia. Traveling across the steppes we meet musicians, shamans, a violinmaker, and ordinary Mongolians who, each in their own way, yield up precious secrets about the song of Genghis Khan’s two horses.
June 3, 5 p.m., EPAC in Everett
June 6, 4 p.m., Uptown
June 8, 9:15 p.m., Egyptian
2010 Opening Night Gala: The Extra Man $50 (SIFF Members $45) for both the film and Gala, and includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and two complimentary cocktails. Premium tickets are $100 (SIFF Members $90) with benefits including an open bar at the post-film reception and preferred entry into the Gala screening. Red Carpet Experience tickets are $200 and include pre-reception, reserved seating, exclusive after-party access, parking, and gift bag. May 20, Benaroya Hall.
Centerpiece Gala: Farewell $25 film and party (SIFF Members $23, advance) $13 for film only (SIFF Members $11, advance). May 29, Egyptian Theatre.
Closing Night Gala: Get Low $40 (SIFF Members $35) for the film and Gala, and includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and two complimentary cocktails. Premium tickets are $80 (SIFF Members $70) with benefits including an open bar at the post-film reception and preferred entry into the Gala screening. June 13, Pacific Place.
Everett Opening Night: Mao’s Last Dancer $25 (SIFF Members $23). May 27, Everett Performing Arts Center.
Kirkland Opening Night: The Over the Hill Band $25 film and pre-film reception (SIFF Members $23, advance) $13 for film only (SIFF Members $11, advance). June 3, Kirkland Performance Center.
Gay-La: Violet Tendencies $25 film and party at Re-bar (SIFF Members $23, advance) $11 film only (SIFF Members $9, advance). June 9, Egyptian Theatre.
Tribute to Edward Norton: Leaves of Grass $125 reception and tribute, $35 tribute only (SIFF Members $25, advance). June 4, Egyptian Theatre.
Face the Music: The Maldives perform Riders of the Purple Sage $16 Advance/$18 Door. 7:00 (all ages) and 9:30 (21+). May 25, Triple Door.
Face the Music: Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields performs 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea $25 (SIFF Members $23). June 9, Paramount Theatre.
New American Cinema Spotlight: Cyrus $25 film and party (SIFF Members $23, advance) $11 film only (SIFF Members $9, advance). May 22, Pacific Place.
Ambiente: New Spanish Cinema Celebration: Cell 211 $25 film and party (SIFF Members $23, advance) $11 film only (SIFF Members $9, advance). June 5, Neptune. Post-film party at Taberna del Alabardero in Belltown.
Archival Special Presentation: A Spray of Plum Blossoms $13 (SIFF Members $11). Pianist Donald Sosin provides live accompaniment. May 30, SIFF Cinema.
How to Festival
TICKETS AND PASSES
206.324.9996 / www.siff.net
INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES
$11 Regular screenings and panels, except where noted (SIFF Supporters $9, advance; Seniors $10)
$10 Seniors, 62 and older with valid ID
$8 Matinee screenings (1st show of the day before 5:30 p.m., except where noted) (SIFF Supporters $7, advance)
$6 Films4Families (SIFF Supporters $5) 11:00 a.m. matinees only
$6 Students with valid ID and Teen Tix members can purchase regular screening (or lesser value) discounted tickets at all SIFF venues, day-of-show only
$6 Stimulus matinee (1st two shows of the day before 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. Does not include Cinerama screenings.)
IMAX Presentation at Pacific Science Center: $13 (SIFF Members $11) June 11 at 7:00pm, June 12 at 1:30pm
3D Presentation at Neptune: $13 (SIFF Members $11) May 28 at 7:00pm
SPECIAL TICKETS AND PACKAGES
Cinematic Six-Pack: $57 (SIFF Supporters $51) Includes admission to any six films priced $11 or less, depending on availability. There is a two-ticket limit per film.
Film Buff 20 Pack: $180 (SIFF Supporters $160) Includes admission to any 20 films priced $11 or less, depending on availability. There is a two-ticket limit per film.
Student and Senior Reel Deals: $35
Includes admission to any five films priced $11 or less, depending on availability, and limited to one ticket per film. Available to all students and seniors (62 and older) with valid ID.
Gift Certificates: Available in $25 denominations. Gift certificates are good for merchandise and tickets, and may be redeemed at the SIFF office, the Festival Box Office, or at any SIFF venue.
Passholders are allowed priority entry up to 30 minutes before showtime or until the passholder seat allotment is reached. Passholders are strongly encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before showtime. All passes are strictly non-transferable and photo ID may be required. Passes may be picked up at the Pacific Place Box Office and SIFF Main Office.
BECOME A SIFF SUPPORTER
SIFF Supporters enable us to be a premier international film organization supporting initiatives such as hosting filmmakers from around the globe, expanding cinema through education, and producing the largest film festival in the United States. SIFF Supporters receive invitations to free screenings, discounted tickets, and more. Visit www.siff.net and become a SIFF Supporter today!
SIFF BOX OFFICE
Purchase tickets online: www.siff.net. Central Pass & Main Ticketing Box Office: Pacific Place, 600 Pine Street, second level. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sundays and Memorial Day, Noon – 6:00 p.m. The Main Box Office can process passes, ticket packages, and single ticket orders. Passes may be picked up at the Pacific Place Box Office and the SIFF Main Office. Purchase tickets by phone: 206-324-9996
When advance tickets are no longer available, a limited number of rush tickets may become available at the door five to ten minutes prior to the screening. Rush tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on how many seats are available. Cash only, full price.
THE NOT-SO-FINE PRINT
All programs are subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges are given, except in the case of program cancellations. Film length does not include introductions or Q&A sessions following the screening. For more information, please visit www.siff.net.
Egyptian – 805 E Pine Street – 206.781.5755
Harvard Exit – 807 E Roy Street – 206.781.5755
SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall (Seattle Center) – 321 Mercer Street – 206.324.9996
Pacific Place – 600 Pine Street – 206.652.2404
Uptown – 511 Queen Anne Avenue N 206.285.1022
Admiral – 2343 California Avenue SW – 206-938-3456
Benaroya Hall – 200 University Street – 206.215.4800
Digital Media Lab – Alki Room on the Seattle Center campus, Seattle Center
Everett Performing Arts Center – 2710 Wetmore Ave – 425.257.8600
Juanita Beach Park – 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland
Kirkland Performance Center – 350 Kirkland Avenue – 425.893.9900
Neptune – 1303 NE 45th Street – 206.781.5755
Pacific Science Center – 200 2nd Avenue North – 206.443.2001
Paramount Theater – 911 Pine Street – 206.467.5510
The Musicquarium Lounge at Triple Door – 216 Union Street – 206.838.4333