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The Babadook

December 5 - 11, 2014

Australia | 2014 | 94 minutes | Jennifer Kent

The most terrifying and popular Midnight Adrenaline program from SIFF 2014 returns! When a mother finds a picture book entitled “Mister Babadook” among her son’s possessions, it portends a chilling, spectral descent into fear and paranoia.

City of God

November 4, 2014

Brazil | 2002 | Film: 130 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

In 2002 City of God provided a hyper-stylized view into the favela culture of Rio de Janeiro. The kinetic film still packs an emotional punch but the violence in the favelas became topical again as Brazil controversially attempted to 'clean up' it's slums for the World Cup. Seattle University Professor Gary Perry will join us for a post-screening discussion, focusing on not just the aftermath of Brazil's decision but also how any city can begin to effectively turn around the violence within a community in a more positive way.

The Lives of Others

October 21, 2014

Germany | 2006 | Film: 137 min | Discussion: 30 min | Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-winning first film features an impeccable thriller woven throughout the surveillance of an artistic couple. Art and media scholar Johanna Gosse will be on hand for a post-screening discussion which will focus on the film's representation of surveillance, today's surveillance culture, and is there any way that society can avoid the seemingly inevitable surveillance state.