Just when you thought the longest film festival in the world was over, the Best of SIFF is announced! This year's best of the fest features a variety of award-winners and audience favorites, including FIPRESCI New American Cinema winner "Red Knot" and Golden Space Needle award winner "Boyhood."
My Last Year With the Nuns - June 12
Seattle writer-director Bret Fetzer’s debut feature is the story of local monologist Matt Smith as a young teenager, exploring the nooks and crannies of the heavily Catholic Capitol Hill neighborhood in an era of racial tensions. Smith was a runner-up for Best Actor at the festival
Red Knot -June 12
A beautifully shot meditation on love and loss, New York couple Peter and Chloe fall into marital crisis while on a research vessel en route to Antarctica.
Marmato - June 13
Underneath the Colombian village of Marmato lies one of the world’s biggest gold reserves, and the local men risk their lives every day to mine for it. Marmato is a documentary about the foreign investment that caused this corporate gold rush and the individuals who must fight to maintain their way of life.
Keep On Keepin’ On - June 13
This tribute to jazz legend Clark Terry, who taught Quincy Jones and Miles Davis, shows his passionate commitment to mentorship. Now in his 90s, Terry helps blind pianist Justin Kauflin (today a prodigious working artist) realize his dream.
10,000KM - June 13
Is long distance the wrong distance? Even the most passionate relationships can succumb to the stress of physical separation. The steamy bond between Alex (Natalia Tena, "Game of Thrones") and Sergio (David Verdaguer) is enacted through video-chats, texts, status updates and phone calls, as Alex leaves Barcelona for LA.
Belle & Sebastien - June 14
An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story - June 14
Through deeply personal interviews and never-before-seen home videos, this is a beautiful, accomplished, and moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for over 40 years.
Dior and I - June 14
J’adore Dior! This elegant glimpse into artistic director Raf Simons’ entry into the House of Christian Dior, and into the creation of his first haute couture collection, sparkles as an homage to the iconic house.
Life Feels Good - June 14
Heartbreaking and humorous, Life Feels Good has thrilled international audiences with virtuosic acting from Dawid Ogrodnik as Mateusz, a romantic, good-natured man with cerebral palsy who yearns to be understood by his family and friends. Based on a true story, this award-winning film is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - June 14
An absurdist tale of a man who escapes from the nursing home on his hundredth birthday. Encountering the extraordinary and the truly strange, the man’s comedic journey takes us on a colorful, riotous romp.
Best of SIFF Shorts - June 15
SIFF's annual celebration of the short form finishes off with this wonderfully varied program examining the breezy joy and tremendous complexity found in the best short films.
Boyhood - June 15
Richard Linklater (Slacker, Before Sunrise trilogy) makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic, shot over the course of 12 years, that tracks the evolution of a single American family through the eyes of young Mason.
The Nightingale - June 15
In this ravishingly beautiful movie, Philippe Muyl takes us on a Chinese road trip through spectacular mountain villages to discover a bucolic existence. A grandfather travels towards his memories, while his granddaughter finds simple wonders she never knew existed.
In Order of Disappearance - June 15
Ther hasn't been a darkyly comic and enjoyable thriller with this much blood spilled in a frigid landscape since the Coen Brothers' Fargo. Stellan Skarsgard plays a snowplow driver who will stop at nothing to bring his son's killers to justice.
Borgman - June 13-15
Dark comedy shades a twisted fairy tale into psychological and class warfare as a vagrant named Borgman finds temporary refuge in an arrogant and affluent suburban home. The family faces off with their guest in this sinister social satire on the nature of evil.
Full details are available on SIFF's website.