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45 Years

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USA | 2015 | 94 minutes | Andrew Haigh

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
Academy Award Nominee, Best Actress
Screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won Best Actress & Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival for this emotional tour-de-force about a couple preparing for their 45th anniversary who make a discovery that calls into question the life they have built together.

Arabian Nights Trilogy

February 19 - 25, 2016

SIFF Film Center | Exclusive Presentation
An unmissable cinematic event, this wry, epic, and thoroughly unpredictable masterwork of modern political cinema from Portuguese director Miguel Gomes uses the structure of the tales of the Arabian Nights to explore life in modern Portugal, a country in the midst of an economic and political crisis.

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.

The Big Short

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USA | 2015 | 130 minutes | Adam McKay

SIFF Cinema Uptown
5 Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor (Christian Bale)
Scathingly funny yet deadly serious, this true story of the global economic catastrophe of 2008 follows four Wall Street outsiders – Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt – who foresee the collapse of the housing market, and hatch a bold plan to bet against the US economy. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball), and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman).

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale

February 16

United Kingdom | 2015 | 210 minutes | Rob Ashford, Kenneth Branagh

Encore Screening Added | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, with the great Dame Judi Dench as Paulina and Branagh as Leontes. 

Carol

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USA | 2015 | 118 Minutes | Todd Haynes

Now at SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
6 Academy Award Nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, and Cinematography
From director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven) comes the moving story of two women from very different backgrounds (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel “The Price of Salt.”

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).

Regression

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Spain | 2015 | 106 minutes | Alejandro Amenábar

SIFF Film Center | One Week Only
This psychological thriller of small-town Satanic suspicion in the 1990s begins when a young woman (Emma Watson) accuses her father of an unspeakable crime, leading a grizzled detective (Ethan Hawke) and a regression therapy psychologist (David Thewlis) to unmask a horrifying nationwide mystery. From director Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, The Sea Inside).