French Cinema Now

September 29 - October 6, 2016

SIFF's annual showcase of new Francophone cinema returns with a week of the best new films in the French language. From our opening night film Lost In Paris (from the directors of The Fairy), to one France's biggest box office hits of the year (Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion's Tomorrow), French Cinema Now includes ripped-from-the-headlines dramas, whimsical romances, moving family stories, unpredictable comedies, and eye-opening documentaries, with performances from renowned actors Emmanuelle Riva, François Cluzet, Bérénice Bejo, Monica Bellucci, Pierre Deladonchamps, and Golshifteh Farahani. Plus, Virginie Paradis of French Truly joins us before select films for unique visual presentations about French history and culture.

Peaches Christ's Return To Grey Gardens

September 29

USA | 2016 | 90 Minutes | Peaches Christ

SIFF Cinema Egpytian | Visiting Program
This hilarious live theatrical comedy spoof written and directed by Peaches Christ pays homage to the acclaimed 1975 documentary film Grey Gardens. Starring "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season Five winner Jinkx Monsoon, cult film icon Mink Stole, and drag legend Peaches Christ along with a star-studded local cast! Tickets availble here. 

A Man Called Ove

Opens: September 30

Sweden | 2015 | 116 minutes | Hannes Holm

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Winner: Best Actor, SIFF 2016 Golden Space Needle Award  | Sweden's biggest hit of the year is this endearing, crowd-pleasing, and wonderfully curmudgeonly comedy about the quintessential grumpy old man (Rolf Lassgård) who finds his caustic view of the world put to the test when a new family moves in next door.

Multiple Maniacs with Mink Stole in person

September 30

USA | 1970 | 96 Minutes | John Waters

SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Special Midnight Event
With special guest Mink Stole live and in-person
Hosted by Joshua Grannell (aka "Peaches Christ")
Special performance by RainbowGore Cake

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque second feature about a traveling Cavalcade of Perversion led by the larger-than-life Divine returns – fully restored and in cinemas for the first time in decades - and replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments!

Globe on Screen: Richard II

October 2 - 4, 2016

United Kingdom | 2016 | 166 Minutes | Simon Godwin

SIFF Film Center | Stage to Screen
Charles Edwards ("Downton Abbey") stars in Shakespeare's dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious exploration of the meaning of kingship–and the rising powers that can destroy it.

The Birth of a Nation

Opens: October 6

USA | 2016 | 117 Minutes | Nate Parker

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Winner of the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, this visceral drama depicts the 1831 uprising lead by literate slave and preacher Nat Turner (Nate Parker), spurred to leading his people to freedom after witnessing countless atrocities against himself and his fellow slaves.

National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea

October 6

United Kingdom | 2016 | Carrie Cracknell

SIFF Film Center | Stage to Screen
Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece comes to life in Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed new production that features one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama - and stars one of the greatest actresses from the National Theatre, Helen McCrory, previously seen in NT Live productions of Medea and The Last of the Haussmans, and in acclaimed roles on the shows "Penny Dreadful" and "Peaky Blinders".

The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

October 7 - 12, 2016

2016 | 97 minutes | Various

SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Exclusive Presentation
Curator Ron Diamond in person Fri Oct 7
The renowned animation festival returns with 16 of this year's most unique and exciting international animated shorts in styles and stories ranging from Chris Ware’s visual interpretation of a "This American Life" segment, to Pixar’s beloved tale of a baby bird, and Academy Award® winner Patrick Osborne’s touching 360º story of a father-daughter journey. 
Full program is unrated and for mature audiences only.
All Ages family friendly screenings: Fri 6:00, Sat & Sun 3:30

American Honey

Opens: October 7

United Kingdom | 2016 | 162 Minutes | Andrea Arnold

SIFF Cinema Uptown
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, this bold, modern, and refreshingly unconventional story of teenage rebellion from writer/director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) follows Star (acclaimed newcomer Sasha Lane) as she leaves her troubled home to join a crew of roving youths who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door, embracing an on-the-road lifestyle of hard partying, law-bending, and young love.

National Theatre Live: The Threepenny Opera

October 10 - 12, 2016

Rufus Norris

SIFF Film Center | Encore Screenings
Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear ("Penny Dreadful") stars in a darkly comic new take on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s raucous musical adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).