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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.

Matthew Barney's River of Fundament

February 5 - 11, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation | Ages 18+ Only!
Indescribable and visually stupendous, artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney's (Cremaster) latest is an epic opera of regeneration and rebirth based Norman Mailer's novel “Ancient Evenings”, and with an all-star cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellen Burstyn, Elaine Stritch, and many more. Presented in stunning 4K projection with 7.1 surround sound. This film contains graphic imagery and is not for the squeamish. Co-presented by Seattle Art Fair.

River of Fundament Act 1

February 5 - 11, 2016

USA | 2014 | 115 minutes | Matthew Barney

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation | Ages 18+ only!
In the Brooklyn Heights home of Norman Mailer’s family, a wake for the late author is in progress...The spirit of Norman I emerges from the River of Feces...A musical procession accompanies a 1967 Chrysler Imperial to its final resting place...Norman I makes the acquaintance of the reigning Pharaoh (Paul Giamatti).

River of Fundament Act 2

February 5 - 11, 2016

USA | 2014 | 108 minutes | Matthew Barney

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation | Ages 18+ only!
Norman II emerges as an older, shamanistic sorcerer and Hathfertiti (Maggie Gyllenhaal) welcomes him…A gold 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am embodies the myth of Isis and Osiris…Osiris’s sexual organ is resurrected and Isis becomes pregnant…Set is enraged and cuts the Osiris into fourteen pieces…The molten body of Osiris is resurrected as a massive iron Djed pillar.

River of Fundament Act 3

February 5 - 11, 2016

USA | 2014 | 96 minutes | Matthew Barney

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation | Ages 18+ only!
Osiris’s son Horus emerges as a young falcon…The great Pharaoh Usermare discovers that his daughter Hathfertiti (Ellen Burstyn) has grown older and is now nearing the end of her life…The spirit of Norman III is embodied as a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor…In Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range, near the cabin of Ernest Hemingway, sockeye salmon make their annual spawning journey.