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April 29 – May 5

Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame

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Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame

Tony Girardin / 2015, Canada-Italy
87min / Blu-ray

Director Tony Girardin will be in attendance on Friday & Saturday, selling merchandise and Q&A'ing.

Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman. But after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Today, at age 75, Marinoni is back in top shape, and decided to attempt the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago. In English, French & Italian w/ English Subtitles

"A true crowd pleaser." POV Magazine

"Quirky and uplifting." Maclean's Magazine

Fri, Sun–Thur: 7pm
Sat: 5pm & 7pm

April 29 & 30, May 2 & 3

Too Late

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Too Late

Dennis Hauck / 2016, USA
107min / 35mm

A troubled private eye (John Hawkes) trawls through the belly of Los Angeles looking for a missing young woman (Crystal Reed), slowly revealing a careful web of intrigue, lies and unexpected connections. Dennis Hauck’s directorial debut is a technical marvel, a feature film shot on 35mm that tells its story in five uninterrupted takes. Hauck uses one reel for each sequence, resorting to no trick shots or edits, and then shows the reels in a non-sequential order to create a story that switches between the past, the present and the future while still making sense. It’s a brilliant device that captures the imagination from the first scene and does not let go until the credits roll.

"The cohesiveness between the film's story and the style of its telling is remarkable and announces Hauck as an emerging talent." Los Angeles Times

“Gorgeously shot… A haunting, quintessential LA caper." Thompson on Hollywood

Wed 4/27 & Thur: 4/28: 645pm & 9pm
Fri 4/29, Sat 4/30, Mon 5/2 & Tues 5/3: 9pm

May 1, 4 & 5

Embrace of the Serpent

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Embrace of the Serpent

Ciro Guerra / 2015, Columbia-Venezuela-Argentina
125min / Blu-ray

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. In Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan and Latin with English subtitles

Sun: 430pm
Wed & Thur: 9pm

April 30

Beauty & The Beast

Seijun Suzuki Retrospective

Seijun Suzuki / 1959–1991, Japan / 35mm prints

Co-presented with the Northwest Film Forum and the Japan Foundation.

Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki began his career making increasingly outrageous B movies for Nikkatsu Studios in the 1950s and 1960s (he was eventually fired for his stylistic excesses). More than ten years later, he reinvented himself as an independent filmmaker with a uniquely eccentric vision. He remains a cult figure outside of Japan and his influence can be seen in the work of directors as diverse as Jim Jarmusch, Baz Luhrmann, and Quentin Tarantino. This national tour of Suzuki's work accompanies Smithsonian curator Tom Vick's book, Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki, which is the first book-length study of his work in English. The touring retrospective is co-organized with the Japan Foundation and presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery exhibition Sōtatsu: Making Waves. Northwest Film Forum and the Grand Illusion Cinema are proud to be partnering on bringing these films to Seattle, many of them on 35mm film prints.

At the Grand Illusion (all 35mm):
Saturday 4/30 at 2pm: YUMEJI buy tickets

At the Northwest Film Forum:
Wednesday 5/4 at 730pm: TOKYO DRIFTER
Wednesday 5/4 at 9pm: CARMEN FROM KAWACHI
Wednesday 5/11 at 7pm: BRANDED TO KILL

May 6 – 12

11 Minutes

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11 Minutes

Jerzy Skolimowski / 2016, Poland
83min / Blu-ray

In the span of eleven tense minutes, a whirlwind of interlocking tales of life in the surveillance age unfold in this stylish, propulsive thriller from acclaimed director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Essential Killing). In a city square in Warsaw, a sleazy film director “auditions” a married actress in a hotel room; a hot dog vendor goes about his work while concealing a dark secret; a motorcycle-driving drug runner trysts with a client’s wife; and a young man plots an ill-advised robbery. Mixing sleek cinematography with footage from webcam, smartphone, and CCTV cameras, 11 Minutes masterfully lays out the pieces of a puzzle and then brings them together in an explosive climax.


May 13 – 19

Mad TIger

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Mad Tiger

Jonathan Yi, Michael Haertlein / 2015, Japan-USA
82min / Blu-ray

MAD TIGER follows bandmates Yellow (Kengo Hioki) and Red (Kotaro Tsukada), who have been best friends and business partners for fifteen years as the primary creative forces behind Peelander-Z. Based in New York City and described as a "Japanese Action Comic Punk Band," Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, which push the boundaries of madcap acrobatic stage antics. As part of the band, each member must adopt a different, anime-like "Crayola rock" persona and fully embrace this assigned identity in every aspect of life. Seeking his own personal fulfillment, Red announces that he will do one final tour with Peelander-Z before quitting the band. In stark contrast to his character's super-positive facade, Yellow tries his best to keep it together, while dealing with emotions of shock, betrayal and abandonment. Channeling universal stories of friendship and pursuit of happiness, MAD TIGER builds to an unexpectedly moving crescendo, appropriately befitting of Peelander-Z's cacophonous melody-making.

"10 Must-See Documentaries at DOC NYC." Indiewire

"The members of Peelander-Z unmask themselves for revealing new doc MAD TIGER... For close to two decades fans have known the band with their personas held firmly in place, their colorful costumes seldom removed, but the opportunity to meet Peelander-Z has finally arrived, and the line between artist and person is blurring." Village Voice


Coming in 2016

Also in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, we're presenting 35mm screenings of a portion of the UCLA Festival of Preservation in May.