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Belle & Sebastien

France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best Films4Families Feature: Grand Jury Prize

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.

Burkholder

USA | 2014 | 81 minutes | Taylor Guterson

A companion piece to Taylor Guterson's 2011 sleeper Old Goats, Burkholder reassembles some of the Bainbridge Island cast for another quirky, life-affirming, low-key comedy about friendship and the joys of aging.

The Butterfly’s Dream

Turkey | 2013 | 123 minutes | Yilmaz Erdogan

In 1940s Turkey, on the coast of the Black Sea, two friends, and aspiring poets, fall in love with the same young woman and struggle to survive as the country is buffeted by the winds of WWII.

Canopy

Australia | 2013 | 84 minutes | Aaron Wilson

During the 1942 Japanese invasion of Singapore, an Australian airman and an injured Chinese resistance fighter are stranded in the jungle as a cacophonous battle rages around them. An engrossing survival thriller ensues as they navigate the language barrier, perilous surroundings, and external enemies.

Intramural

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | Andrew Disney

Jake Lacey, Nikki Reed, and Kate McKinnon star in this raucous send-up of sports comedies in the tradition of Dodgeball. A fifth-year senior reassembles his intramural football team—but does his alma mater care?

Lucky Them

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Megan Griffiths

May 22 | Renton Opening Night | Reception at Renton Pavillion follows the screening

Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths’ latest boasts charismatic performances from Toni Collette, as a world-weary rock journalist, and the scene-stealing Thomas Haden Church as a first-time documentarian, who team up to find a legendary Seattle musician who notoriously vanished.

The Lusty Men

USA | 1952 | 113 minutes | Nicholas Ray

Robert Mitchum headlines this rough, rabble-rousing rodeo drama about a red-headed woman who comes between two red-blooded men in Nicholas Ray’s (Rebel Without a Cause ) final RKO film. Print courtesy of the Film Foundation Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Hong Kong | 2014 | 96 minutes | Wong Ching-po

A poor country laborer moves to a 1930s Shanghai overrun with gangsters and femme fatales and gets caught in a bloody mob war with only his kung fu skills at his disposal. A remake of the 1972 Shaw Brothers-produced Boxer From Shantung.

Palestine Stereo

Palestine | 2013 | 90 minutes | Rashid Masharawi

Two brothers in the West Bank are rendered homeless by an Israeli airstrike, and hustle odd jobs to raise enough money to emigrate to Canada. This ironic drama captures the tragicomic absurdities of life under occupation.

The Skeleton Twins

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Craig Johnson

Bellingham native Craig Johnson directs “Saturday Night Live” alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in astonishing performances as estranged twins. After cheating death on the same day, Maggie and Milo reunite in their native upstate New York town in this simultaneously humorous and melancholic comedy.

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