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'Best of SIFF' series highlights fan favorites, award winners

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More than 450 feature-length and short films - from all corners of the globe - screened during the 25-day marathon Seattle International Film Festival.

The "Best of SIFF" series, which runs June 12 through June 19, will feature encore presentations of fan favorites and Golden Space Needle award-winners from SIFForty.

SIFF 2014 trailer playlist

Tickets for these encore presentations are on-sale now.

With the exception of "How to Train Your Dragon 2," 'Ida," "Burt's Buzz" and "Borgman," these are one-night only encore presentations. Some of these films do no have U.S. distribution deals yet - so this may be the last time to see some of them in theaters for the rest of 2014.

June 12: "How To Train Your Dragon 2," "My Last Year With the Nuns" and "Red Knot"

June 13: "Ida" (week-long run), "Burt’s Buzz" (week-long run), "Marmato," "Keep On Keepin’ On," "10,000KM" and "Borgman" (3-day run)

June 14: "Belle & Sebastien," "I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story," "Dior and I," "Life Feels Good" and "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared"

June 15: Best of SIFF Shorts, "Boyhood," "The Nightingale" and "In Order of Disappearance"

June 16: "Me, Myself and Mum"

**Suggested picks: "Red Knot," "Burt’s Buzz," "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared," "Boyhood" and "In Order of Disappearance."

Tickets can be purchased at SIFF.net.

'How To Train Your Dragon 2'
'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Dreamworks

'How To Train Your Dragon 2'

This sequel to the mega-hit CGI animated film was also a fan favorite at SIFF this year. (watch the trailer)

'HTTYD2' was the second runner-up in the 'Best Film' category for SIFF's Golden Space Needle Awards - surpassed only by 'Life Feels Good' and overall winner 'Boyhood.'

Theatrical release date: June 12

"HTTYD2" begins its feature engagement during at the SIFF Cinema Uptown beginning June 12.

'My Last Year With the Nuns'
'My Last Year With the Nuns' Michael Seiwerath

'My Last Year With the Nuns'

Seattle monologist Matt Smith turned his 8th grade year in the late 1960s into a coming-of-age film grounded in his Catholic Capitol Hill education, racism, and the joys of adolescence.

Theatrical release date: TBD

7 p.m. PT on June 12 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Red Knot'
'Red Knot' Thunder Perfect Mind

'Red Knot'

This haunting drama set at the edge of the world won the SIFF Grand Jury Prize for Best New American Cinema.

Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men") and Olivia Thirlby ("Juno) star as a young couple who fall into marital crisis aboard a research vessel lumbering toward Antarctica.

Theatrical release date: TBD

9 p.m. PT on June 12 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Ida'
'Ida' Music Box Films

'Ida'

Just before a shy, young Polish girl takes her vows as a nun, she learns a family secret from World War II -- a a truth that prompts her to retrace her family ties. (watch the trailer)

Director Pawel Pawlikowski and actress Agata Kulesza were also a runner-ups in their respective Best Director and Best Actress categories of the SIFF Golden Space Needle Awards.

Theatrical release date: May 2 (limited)

'Ida' begins a week-long engagement at the SIFF Cinema Uptown beginning June 13

'Burt’s Buzz'
'Burt’s Buzz' filmbuff

'Burt’s Buzz'

In short: (watch the trailer)

Theatrical release date: June 6 (limited)

"Burt's Buzz" begins a week-long engagement at the SIFF Cinema Uptown beginning June 13

'Marmato'
'Marmato' Calle Films

'Marmato'

This gripping documentary won the Grand Jury Prize for "Best Documentary" for its portrait of how a vast gold reserve transforms a small mining town in Colombia over a six-year period.

Theatrical release date: TBD

4:30 p.m. PT on June 13 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Keep On Keepin' On'
'Keep On Keepin' On' Radius-TWC

'Keep On Keepin' On'

This documentary produced by Quincy Jones won the Best Documentary Award at the Seattle International Film Festival and was the featured film during a tribute night for Jones.

"Keep On Keepin' On" follows 90-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry (who has mentored Jones and Miles Davis) as he takes on his newest student: shy, young pianist Justin Kauflin. (watch a clip)

6:30 p.m. PT on June 13 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'10,000KM'
'10,000KM' Broad Green Pictures

'10,000KM'

Filmmaker Carlos Marques-Marcet won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director for this story of a couple in love - trying to make a Barcelona-Los Angeles long-distance relationship work.

Theatrical release date: TBD

8:30 p.m. on June 13 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Borgman'
'Borgman' Drafthouse Films

'Borgman'

This dark comedy about a vagrant's effort to turn an upper-class family's live into a psychological nightmare has turned into one of the fan favorites of the film festival circuit. "Borgman" has been nominated or won "Best Film" honors at numerous festivals - including AFI Fest and the Vancouver Film Festival - and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Theatrical release date: June 6 (limited)

8:30 p.m. on June 13-15 at the SIFF Film Center

'Belle & Sebastien'
'Belle & Sebastien' Film Movement

'Belle & Sebastien'

This inspiring true story of a boy and his dog, who guided Jewish refugees across the Alps, won the SIFF Grand Jury Prize for Best Films4Families Feature.

Theatrical release date: TBD

11:30 a.m. PT on June 14 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'
'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story' Copper Pot Pictures

'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'

This sweet documentary puts one of the original 'Sesame Street' puppeteers - the voice behind Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird - in the spotlight. (watch the trailer)

"I am Big Bird" was also a runner-up in the Best Documentary category of the SIFF Golden Space Needle Awards.

1:30 p.m. PT on June 14 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Dior and I'
'Dior and I' Entertainment One

'Dior and I'

This fashion-centric documentary offers a glimpse into the inner workings of the House of Dior as the brand rushes to pull together a new fashion collection. (watch a clip)

'Dior and I' was recognized as a Special Jury Mention in the category of Best Documentary at SIFF 2014.

Theatrical release date: TBD

4 p.m. PT on June 14 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Life Feels Good'
'Life Feels Good' Tramway Film Studio

'Life Feels Good'

"Life Feels Good" was among the most honored films at the Seattle International Film Festival after winning Best Actor (Dawid Ogrodnik) and was first runner-up for Best Film and Best Director.

This Polish film has received wide acclaim for its heartbreaking and sweet true story of a good natured young man, who has cerebral palsy, struggling to be understood by his family. (watch the trailer)

Theatrical release date: TBD

6 p.m. PT on June 14 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'
'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared' NICE FLX Pictures

'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'

One of the most talked about films among SIFF attendees was this absurd comedy from Norway about a very old man's misadventures and his equally unbelievable life.

For his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson decides to escape his retirement home and finds himself on a misadventure, crossing paths with angry skinheads, elephants and running from the authorities and a various new enemies. (watch the trailer)

Theatrical release date: TBD

8:30 p.m. PT on June 14 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Boyhood'
'Boyhood' IFC Films

'Boyhood'

This latest film from director Richard Linklater ("Before Sunrise" trilogy) was the clear overall favorite film of SIFF 2014. "Boyhood" won the SIFF Golden Space Needle Award of Best Film, as well as Best Director and Best Actress (Patricia Arquette).

Experimental film shot over the course of 12 years - using the same core actors - to chronicle the growth of a boy into adulthood. (watch the trailer)

Theatrical release date: July 11

2 p.m. PT on June 15 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'The Nightingale'
'The Nightingale' Stellar Mega Films

'The Nightingale'

An old man and his spoiled granddaughter embark on a road trip from Beijing to the Chinese countryside to fulfill a promise made to his late wife. (watch the trailer)

"Nightingale" won the Audience Choice Award at the RiverRun International Festival. 

Theatrical release date: TBD

6 p.m. PT on June 15 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'In Order of Disappearance'
'In Order of Disappearance' Paradox Film 2

'In Order of Disappearance'

Stellan Skarsgard ("Good Will Hunting," "The Avengers") stars in this dark crime comedy described as a Norwegian "Fargo" meets "Dirty Harry," which follows a model citizen's violent hunt for his son's murderer. (watch the trailer)

Theatrical release date: TBD

8:30 p.m. PT on June 15 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

'Me, Myself and Mum'
'Me, Myself and Mum' LGM Productions

'Me, Myself and Mum'

Recently added to the 'Best of SIFF' lineup is this adaptation from writer-director-star Guillaume Gallienne is this semi-autobiographical film about his relationship with his mother, who raised Guillaume as a girl.

"Me, Myself and Mum" won multiple César Awards (think, French Academy Awards) for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Film.

Theatrical release date: TBD

4:30 p.m. PT on June 16 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

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