Weekend Film Agenda May 14

The festival kicks off Thursday night, but you don’t have to wait until next week to see great film at SIFF Cinema. SIFF celebrates the work of screenwriter Stewart Stern, now a Seattle resident, who has an amazing place in Hollywood history. The nephew of Adolph Zukor, the man who created Paramount Pictures, and the cousin of the Loews who controlled MGM, Stern is an award winning screenwriter whose works include The Ugly American, Sybil, and Rebel Without a Cause. Friday through Tuesday, SIFF screens eleven of his films, all worth seeing. As a special highlight, the Friday at 7:30 screening of The Ugly American begins with screenwriter, producer and director Christopher McQuarrie interviewing Mr. Stern and discussing his long and illustrious career.

Central Cinema presents the Alfred Hitchcock classic North by Northwest in which dashing Cary Grant is mistaken for a spy and chased across America by a group of thugs intent on stealing the microfilm they believe he has. Along the way Grant meets and romances lovely Eva St. Marie, a femme fatale with her own motivations, and is chased by an airplane in one of the most iconic scenes of movie history.

Live at the NW Film Forum: Performance, video, song, dance and fantasy explore the ongoing urban history of Seattle as written and directed by Marya Sea Kaminski, inspired by the transformation of the Pike-Pine corridor.

Jean-Paul Colmor lives near Montreal, surrounded by old cars and other discarded objects. Four teenagers with Down syndrome enter his life, joining him in his unique landscape as refugees from the outer world. Director Denis Côté examines this unusual man in his extraordinary self-made world in the documentary Carcasses, making its Seattle premiere at The Grand Illusion.

Late night at the Grand Illusion: the second weekend of early 80s voyeuristic nerd fantasy Getting It On.

Midnight at the Egyptian: Malcom McDowell is creepy as all get-out in Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Clockwork Orange, a sharp, disturbing movie whose trenchant commentary on violent society seems to get more and more relevant with every viewing.

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