Best of SIFF 2019

See some of the audience favorites and jury award winners from the 45th Seattle International Film Festival.

Best of SIFF

June 14 - 20, 2019

Carmen & Lola

Spain | 2018 | 105 minutes | Arantxa Echevarria

June 14, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Best of SIFF - Youth Jury Prize for Best FutureWave Feature | Bride-to-be Carmen and street artist Lola pursue a secret first love within their highly conservative Roma community.

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Sink or Swim

France | 2018 | 122 minutes | Gilles Lellouche

June 14, 2019

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Best of SIFF - First Runner-Up, Best Film: Golden Space Needle Audience Award | Suffering from a mid-life crisis, a man puts together his local pool’s first all-male synchronized swimming team.

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International Falls

USA | 2019 | 93 minutes | Amber McGinnis

June 14, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Grand Jury Prize: New American Cinema Competition | A lonely local housewife and a burned-out stand-up comedian make unlikely friends in a snowbound border town.

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We Are the Radical Monarchs

USA | 2019 | 96 minutes | Linda Goldstein Knowlton

June 15, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Best Documentary: Golden Space Needle Audience Award | An Oakland group for young women of color (ages 8-13) is at the front lines of social justice.

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Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

USA | 2019 | 91 minutes | Janice Engel

June 15, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Best Documentary, Second Runner-Up: Golden Space Needle Audience Award | Political columnist Molly Ivins skewered both right and left with ferocious devotion to the powerless and to the First Amendment.

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Top End Wedding

Australia | 2019 | 103 minutes | Wayne Blair (Batjala Mununjali Wakkawakka)

June 15, 2019

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Best of SIFF | An Australian couple returns to the Indigenous bride's hometown to find Mom in this adorable rom-com.

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Official Secrets

USA | 2019 | 112 minutes | Gavin Hood

June 15, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Best Film, Second Runner-Up: Golden Space Needle Audience Award | Keira Knightley plays Katherine Gun, who goes on trial for leaking a memo that revealed a U.S. espionage plan to gain support for the Iraq War.

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Our Bodies Our Doctors

USA | 2019 | 78 minutes | Jan Haaken

June 16, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision | The daily lives of abortion providers are chronicled in this doc that goes behind the scenes of reproductive health centers.

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House of Hummingbird

South Korea | 2018 | 138 minutes | Bora Kim

June 16, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Grand Jury Prize: Official Competition | 14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994.

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The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia

Cuba | 2018 | 92 minutes | Arturo Infante

June 16, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Grand Jury Prize: New Directors Competition | Stuck in a rut, former schoolteacher and planetarium guide Celeste Garcia is chosen to begin a new life on the planet Gyrok.

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Best of SIFF 2019 Shorts: Audience Award Winners

97 minutes

June 16, 2019

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Best of SIFF | The audience has spoken! Don't miss these favorite short films from SIFF 2019.

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Vai

New Zealand | 2019 | 90 minutes | Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga

June 17, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Best Film, Third Runner-Up: Golden Space Needle Audience Award | Eight vignettes directed by nine female South Pacific filmmakers about eight Indigenous women.

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The Awakening of the Ants

Costa Rica | 2019 | 94 minutes | Antonella Sudasassi Furniss

June 17, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Grand Jury Prize: Ibero-American Competition | Isa’s surrealist imaginings suggest a suppressed revolt against the societal and domestic pressures placed on her.

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Yuli

Spain | 2018 | 104 minutes | Iciar Bollain

June 18, 2019

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Best of SIFF | Legendary dancer Carlos Acosta's heartfelt biography with stunning dance sequences.

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Best of SIFF 2019 Shorts: Jury Award Winners

89 minutes

June 18, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Best of SIFF | The juries have spoken! Don't miss these jury award-winning short films from SIFF 2019.

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Tel Aviv On Fire

Luxembourg | 2018 | 97 minutes | Sameh Zoabi

June 19, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Best Film: Golden Space Needle Audience Award | An intern on a popular Palestinian telenovela meets an Israeli checkpoint commander with ideas for improving the show.

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Q Ball

USA | 2019 | 97 minutes | Michael Tolajian

June 19, 2019

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Best of SIFF - Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Competition | Kevin Durant executive-produced this inspirational doc about the San Quentin Prison basketball squad.

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Canada | 2018 | 83 minutes | Alison Reid

June 20, 2019

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Best of SIFF | Canadian zoologist and feminist trailblazer Anne Innis Dagg is the Jane Goodall of giraffes.

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