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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.

Embrace of the Serpent

March 11 - 24, 2016

Colombia | 2015 | 125 minutes | Ciro Guerra

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Film
This blistering commentary on the ravages of colonialism, filmed in gorgeous black and white, is inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who, 40 years apart, traveled the Colombian Amazon with the help of a tribal shaman in search of the hard-to-find and sacred psychedelic Yakruna plant.

The Human Face of Big Data

February 17

USA | 2015 | 55 minutes | Sandy Smolan

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Free Screening | Reservations are full for this event
SIFF, KCTS 9, Washington Filmworks, and SAP invite you to this special documentary sneak preview and panel discussion about Big Data: the real-time collection, analysis and visualization of vast amounts of information. In the hands of data scientists, this raw information enables us to sense, measure and understand aspects of our existence in ways never before possible – yet the accessibility of all this data can come at a steep price.

The Club

March 4 - 10, 2016

Chile | 2015 | 98 minutes | Pablo Larrain

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
Golden Globe Nominee: Best Foreign Film
Acclaimed director Pablo Larraín’s taut, blackly comic commentary on individual responsibility and organized religion takes place in a secluded house in a small seaside town where four former priests live in quiet exile until their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an fifth party.

The Mask You Live In

March 10

USA | 2015 | 89 minutes | Jennifer Siebel Newsom

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Special Event
Special screening and panel discussion presented by Wholehearted Masculine.
From the team behind Miss Representation comes a new film–and a new movement–which examines and questions America’s narrow definition of masculinity in order to illustrate how our society can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.