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Jimi: All Is By My Side - Opening Night Gala

United Kingdom | 2013 | 118 minutes | John Ridley

May 15 | Opening Night at McCaw Hall

It's Jimi Hendrix before he was Jimi Hendrix. Outkast's André Benjamin gives a magnetic, nuanced performance in this biopic about a rock legend on the verge of making it big. Director John Ridley and actress Hayley Atwell scheduled to attend.

Lilting

United Kingdom | 2014 | 86 minutes | Hong Khaou

This delicate chamber piece addresses the universal language of grief with elegance, humor, and tenderness. Sixty-something Junn is visited by an interpreter who can help bridge the language gaps between herself and two men: a new suitor at the nursing home and the handsome “best friend” of her deceased son.

Mirage Men

United Kingdom | 2013 | 85 minutes | John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou, Mark Pilkington

This mind-scrambling documentary suggests that popular myths about the existence of UFOs in Roswell originated from U.S. government disinformation campaigns. Conspiracy theorists square off with former counter-intelligence officers to analyze who was being distracted—and from what.

Monsoon Shootout

India | 2013 | 88 minutes | Amit Kumar

In this moody and engaging Indian crime-thriller, rookie cop Adi finally gets a chance to prove himself when he corners an infamous hitman. Armed and on target, Adi must decide whether or not to shoot.

Muse of Fire

United Kingdom | 2013 | 83 minutes | Giles Terera, Dan Poole

Tea with Dame Judi Dench. Chatting with Ewan McGregor and Alan Rickman. Polling people on the street. Two actors travel the globe to discover who loves, hates, and doesn’t understand Shakespeare in this warmhearted, shenanigan-packed adventure.

One Chance

United Kingdom | 2013 | 103 minutes | David Frankel

The crowd-pleasing true story of Paul Potts, a shy shop assistant who went from undiscovered opera enthusiast to superstar when chosen to compete on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

United Kingdom | 1975 | 100 minutes | Jim Sharman

May 16 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

The longest-running theatrical release in history, which premiered at the first Seattle International Film Festival, returns for a special interactive celebration that includes goodie bags, subtitled lyrics, and more. Don’t dream it, be it.

The Servant

United Kingdom | 1963 | 115 minutes | Joseph Losey

Sexual taboos, power plays, clandestine longings, and the fragility of class relations all play a part in Harold Pinter’s breathtakingly biting takedown of British aristocracy and social mores. Adapted from Robin Maugham’s 1948 novelette. This extraordinary, recent restoration celebrates the film’s 50th anniversary.

Sold

USA | 2014 | 97 minutes | Jeffrey Brown

13-year-old Nepali, Lakshmi, is sent by her family to India to work, only to be forced into prostitution in this compassionate, unforgettable tale of human trafficking adapted from Patricia McCormick’s award-winning international bestseller.

Starred Up

United Kingdom | 2013 | 106 minutes | David Mackenzie

In this powerful, visceral, and gritty drama from director David Mackenzie (Young Adam), an explosively violent teenage inmate intentionally gets himself transferred to an adult prison, planning to confront a very familiar inmate—his own father.

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