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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Sweden | 2013 | 114 minutes | Felix Herngren

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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An absurdist tale of a man who escapes from the nursing home on his hundredth birthday. Encountering the extraordinary and the truly strange, the man’s comedic journey takes us on a colorful, riotous romp.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

USA | 2014 | 74 minutes | Michael Rossato-Bennett

This emotional documentary shows the powerful effect that music can have on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Alive Inside touchingly presents an alternative method to awakening the memories of these patients when social worker Dan Cohen brings iPods to a nursing home.

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 Circle

Switzerland | 2014 | 102 minutes | Stefan Haupt

In the 1950s, Zurich group Der Kreis (“The Circle”) blossomed into an internationally renowned gay liberation community. Schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag and drag performer Röbi Rapp fight for their love, made taboo by society, with inspiring courage, in this hybrid documentary/narrative.

Elsa & Fred

USA | 2014 | 104 minutes | Michael Radford

Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer star in this remake of the SIFF Golden Space Needle award-winning Spanish film as late-in-life lovers who see the world anew through each other.

Fifi Howls from Happiness

Iran | 2013 | 96 minutes | Mitra Farahani

In the time of the Shah, Iranian artist Bahman Mohasses’ salacious sculpture and paintings were often censored. Director Mitra Farahani finds him in Rome, irascible as ever, tackling his “final commission” with verve and wit.

Gerontophilia

Canada | 2013 | 90 minutes | Bruce LaBruce

An 18-year-old lad with a penchant for pensioners takes a job in a care home and falls for an 81-year-old man. Shocking? The big shock here is that director LaBruce eschews his usual hardcore style for a film that is positively gentle and pleasing.

The Japanese Dog

Romania | 2013 | 85 minutes | Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

In this honest, gently comic Romanian fable, recently widowed Costache, having lost his wife and possessions in the 2010 floods, reunites after 20 years with his estranged son, back from Japan with a wife and child.

Late Phases

USA | 2014 | 95 minutes | Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Adrián García Bogliano (SIFF 2013 chiller Here Comes the Devil) directs this wicked werewolf drama, pitting a retirement community against a pack of lethal lycanthropes.

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.

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