SIFF Cinema

The 1989 Velvet Revolution was led by Václav Havel, a playwright and poet who became Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president and one of the great figures of twentieth century Europe. Director Andrea Sedláĉková maps Havel’s life with extensive film clips and interviews to fashion an elegant portrait of a bohemian artist whose life below and then above ground was rich in paradoxes.

Egyptian | Midnight Adrenaline
Barbara Crampton takes on vengeful spirits in this terrifying tribute to Italian horror. In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice. "Pure, unqualified carnage... A wall-shaking bloodbath!" - Meredith Borders, Badass Digest

This Coen Brothers inspired neo-noir comedy introduces two childhood friends who return home for a high-school reunion and after a round of drunken havoc become entwined in an amateur murder investigation that dredges up some undiscovered family secrets.

Aono Jikken Ensemble presents a new live music/sound score – a mixture of traditional Japanese music, experimental soundscapes, klezmer, and African folk influences – for master Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s silent classic, the story of a down-on-its-luck Kabuki troupe putting on a performance in a small town. Presented with live bilingual Benshi narration, a Japanese silent film tradition.

Director Jan Hřebejk (Honeymoon, Kawasaki’s Rose) brings his trademark satirical bent to this explosive comedy set in a small-town pub, where a kidnapped bride, a rebellious bridesmaid, and a female bartender come together for a nose-thumbing, hard-drinking bender.