Galas, Parties, and Special Events

At SIFF we do far more than watch films, we celebrate and honor them!

Throughout the festival we present all manner of special events: tributes, galas, live music, and of course films with parties, to all within the SIFF community. Who doesn't like a party with fellow film enthusiasts? Relax, unwind, and discuss your favorite films with fans and filmmakers over delectable hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

An Afternoon with Sam Elliott

USA | 2017 | 140 minutes (interview and film) | Brett Haley

SIFF welcoms Sam Elliott to the stage for an interview featuring film clips from his career, followed by a screening of Elliott's latest film, The Hero, directed by Brett Haley.

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USA | 1983 | 106 minutes | Douglas Trumbull

In visionary effects artist Douglas Trumbull's utterly mind-bending 1983 film, a pair of scientists (Louise Fletcher and Christopher Walken) invent an experimental brain-recording alternate-reality device and must fight to keep it out of the hands of the military. Panel discussion to follow.

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USA | 1972 | 124 minutes | Bob Fosse

Life is a cabaret, old chum! Dress in your finest cabaret-style duds and join us for an evening inside the fabled Kit Kat Klub as Seattle drag icon Robbie Turner ("RuPaul's Drag Race") presents an original Cabaret-inspired revue followed by a screening of Bob Fosse's Academy Award-winning 1972 film.

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Centerpiece Gala: Landline

USA | 2017 | 97 minutes | Gillian Robespierre

The director and star of Obvious Child reunite for this uproarious slice-of- life story about two sisters (Jenny Slate and breakout star Abby Quinn) in pre-cell-phone 1990s Manhattan who discover that their father is having an affair, and conspire to expose him.

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Closing Night Gala: The Young Karl Marx

France | 2017 | 118 minutes | Raoul Peck

Director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) presents a lush period drama that joins 26-year-old Karl Marx (August Diehl) and his wife Jenny in exile in Europe, where they meet Friedrich Engels, who provides the final piece needed for the foundation of Marxist theory.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

USA | 1920 | 79 minutes | John S. Robertson

After more than a decade of silent film scores that beautifully blend rock and orchestral music, Austin band The Invincible Czars now unleash their spooky sonic reimagining of the classic silent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's iconic tale starring the legendary John Barrymore.

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France | 2016 | 90 minutes | Kostia Testut

La La Land meets Norma Rae with a pinch of Jacques Demy in this toe-tapping working-class musical comedy with a social conscience about a young woman who gets her dream job at a luxury shoe factory, only to become enmeshed in a labor strike.

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Opening Night Gala: The Big Sick

USA | 2017 | 119 minutes | Michael Showalter

Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) fall in love, but they struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

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Puget Soundtrack presents Prom Queen

90 minutes

The dark-surf, girl-group noir sounds of Seattle's Prom Queen meet some of our favorite visuals from the catalogue of beloved exploitation film archivists Something Weird video, creating a unique new experience of B-movie indulgence.

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Canada | 2017 | 103 minutes | Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music; from Link Wray to Robbie Robertson, Charley Patton to Buffy Sainte-Marie; get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

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Susanne Bartsch: On Top

USA | 2017 | 84 minutes | Anthony&Alex

Meet the irrepressible driving force behind New York City’s nightlife scene for the past 30 years: event promoter and muse Susanne Bartsch, whose lavish, theatrical, trend-setting parties have embraced all walks of life and attracted a who’s-who of the fashion underground.

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The '80s Teen Movie High School Reunion

120 minutes

Show off your '80s duds, compete in our Yearbook Challenge, sing along to the decade's best movie anthems, laugh along with staged recreations of classic scenes performed by Ian Bell's Brown Derby Series, and dance the night away with live music from '80s Invasion.

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The Little Hours

USA | 2017 | 90 minutes | Jeff Baena

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Kate Micucci star as a group of hilariously profane and emotionally unstable nuns all competing to seduce the convent’s virile new servant (Dave Franco) in this bawdy, subversive comedy that turns the Middle Ages upside down.

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The Trip to Spain

United Kingdom | 2017 | 115 minutes | Michael Winterbottom

The team of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and director Michael Winterbottom embark on another hilarious culinary road trip, taking their appetites to the finest dining regions of picturesque Spain, trading impressions and banter over paella, gazpacho, and lots of wine.

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A Tribute to Anjelica Huston

USA | 2017 | 135 minutes (interview & film) | Theresa Rebeck

June 7, 2017

We honor the amazingly talented Anjelica Huston with the world premiere of her new film, Trouble, at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival.

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