Ruth Hayler's Picks

SIFF Programmer Ruth Hayler picks some of her highlights from the 2019 Festival.

Ruth Hayler

After studying English at the University of London, Ruth decided to follow her love of film, and took a first job at the Movie House in Seattle (now Grand Illusion) in 1974. She has continued to select and promote films ever since, and is now a specialty film buyer for national arthouse chain Landmark Theatres, where she gets to see many new movies early. She gets a kick out of helping audiences discover good movies that might otherwise be overlooked. Soon after the Seattle International Film Festival was founded she began consulting with the programmers, which she continues to enjoy doing today.

El Ángel

El Ángel

Super-stylish crime saga of a baby-faced thief-turned-killer in 1971 Buenos Aires; erotic, violent and suspenseful.

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I Am Cuba

I Am Cuba

New 4K restoration of this jaw-dropping 1964 masterpiece. Deliriously beautiful, with mind-bending gonzo tracking shots. Unforgettable!

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Maiden

Maiden

The first all-woman crew in an around-the-world sailing race, totally dismissed by the men, didn't let that stop them. Thrilling and inspiring.

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Palace for the People

Palace for the People

A fascinating treat for architecture buffs: an insider's tour through five Soviet-era monumental buildings, no expense spared.

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Highly entertaining portrait of the most influential film critic of all time, and the films she loved and hated.

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