SIFF shares first six titles to screen at the 50th Seattle International Film Festival, returning May 9-19

3/14/2024 |
Madison Zimmerman |

Sundance & Venice Film Festival Award Winners lead the selections, to be followed by the Festival’s full lineup on April 17, 2024

SEATTLE – The 2024 Seattle International Film Festival returns in person May 9-19 & virtually on the SIFF Channel May 20-27, celebrating its golden birthday and the 50 years of surprising cinema it has brought to the city of Seattle.

Today SIFF shared the first six titles scheduled to screen at the festival, featuring Sundance’s 2024 Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner Porcelain War, an archival screening of Wim Wenders’ beloved Wings of Desire (1987), and the 2023 Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion winner Green Border. The full program, including more than 250 films, will be announced to the public on April 17, 2024.

Media accreditation for the 50th Seattle International Film Festival is now open. Press inquiries, appointments, and interview requests can be made at

Evil Does Not Exist: After finally breaking through in the U.S. with the Oscar®-winning Drive My Car, filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi turns his eye to Mizubiki, a remote lakeside village that’s about to be overtaken by a new “glamping” site built on sensitive natural land.
(d: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan 2023)

Green Border: Legendary filmmaker Agnieszka Holland won the Golden Lion at the 2023 Venice Film Festival for this ground-level examination of the refugee crisis at the titular exclusion zone between Belarus and Poland, seen through the eyes of a Syrian family fleeing their war-torn home.
(d: Agnieszka Holland, Poland 2023)

Porcelain War: As the Russia-Ukraine war rages on, Kharkiv-based Slava Leontyev and Anya Stasenko make tiny porcelain figurines. What does it mean to continue with their artistic passions as the world crumbles around them? Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2024.
(d: Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev, USA 2024)

I Saw the TV Glow: After taking the indie horror circuit by storm with We’re All Going To The World’s Fair, Jane Schoenbrun returns with this eerie slice of reality-f**king cinema, as two lonely suburbanites find solace and obsession in a late-night TV show.
(d: Jane Schoenbrun, USA 2024)

Un Amor: From acclaimed Spanish writer-director Isabel Coixet (The Bookshop) comes this unsettling but absorbing tale on the idea of love—of self and others—about the existential doubt, the role of being a woman, and the transformative power of acting upon one’s earnest desires.
(d: Isabel Coixet, Spain 2023)

Wings of Desire: One of the most beloved films of all time, Wim Wenders’ Berlin-set magnum opus stars Bruno Ganz as an angel who falls in love with a lonely trapeze artist. But in order to be with her, he must relinquish all heavenly duties and privileges. Presented in a new 4K restoration and 5.1 sound mix.
(d: Wim Wenders, Germany 1987)

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About SIFF: 
Beginning in 1976 with the annual Seattle International Film Festival, then expanding into year-round programming, SIFF is a 501c3 cultural arts organization whose mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that SIFF fosters a community that is more informed, aware and alive.

In its four theaters, SIFF offers year-round screenings, Film Talks and a series of spotlight festivals throughout the year. SIFF also serves the community through educational programs and SIFFsupports, a partnership program that hosts and provides technical support to a variety of special screenings and festivals.

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