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Arabian Nights Vol 1: The Restless One

February 19 - 25, 2016

Portugal | 2015 | 126 minutes | Miguel Gomes

SIFF Film Center
In the first volume of this wildly ambitious trilogy, the director cowardly runs away from his own project, leaving the beautiful Scheherazade behind to entertain the King with tales of wily wasps, an exploding wale, and a talking rooster who is running for office.

Arabian Nights Vol 2: The Desolate One

February 19 - 25, 2016

Portugal | 2015 | 132 minutes | Miguel Gomes

SIFF Film Center
The wild imaginings of Scheherazade continue as an escaped murderer becomes a local hero, the theft of 13 cows is explored with Brechtian absurdity, and a ghost poodle named Dixie shuttles between various residents in an bleak apartment complex.

Arabian Nights Vol 3: The Enchanted One

February 19 - 25, 2016

Portugal | 2015 | 125 minutes | Miguel Gomes

SIFF Film Center
In the eccentric and enthralling final installment, Scheherazade briefly escapes the King and flees to a sunny Mediterranean island filled with hippies and break-dancers, then brings this epic to a close with the beauty of finches preparing for a birdsong competition.

Beauty and the Beast

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France | 1946 | 93 minutes | Jean Cocteau

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Valentine Classics
New restoration! Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Opens: February 19

Netherlands | 2015 | 105 minutes | Peter Greenaway

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
The great Russian silent filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s personal discovery and sexual awakening in 1931 Mexico is illustrated in this delightfully raunchy and over-the-top biopic by another iconoclastic filmmaker, Peter Greenaway (The Pillow Book; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover).