Happy birthday, Seattle International Film Festival. At 40 years, you look more beautiful than the day that you were born, and we’re going to celebrate rich and diverse film with you from now till the party stops on June 8. We’ll even venture downtown if need be.
For real, though.
This year, SIFF honors its history that began in the Moore Theater downtown with 28 films and looks to the future of the organization. Approximately 300 moviles that total 32,361 minutes of film will show during the 2014 festival, with 20 feature films making their world debut.
In Capitol Hill, the old Egyptian Theatre (805 East Pine Street), and Harvard Exit (807 East Roy Street) are participating. As well, among the special presentations, one, the Northwest Connections Party, will take place at Saint John’s Bar & Eatery on June 1, and the Gay-La is booked at Q-Nightclub the evening of June 4.
The latter will screen “Helicopter Mom” beforehand at the Egyptian, a film starring Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as a loving and overbearing mom who thinks that her son Lloyd might be gay. Lloyd isn’t sure of his sexuality, but sets him up on dates with boys and submits an application on his behalf for a gay student college scholarship anyway.
Also showing at the Egyptian is “Half of a Yellow Sun,” the story of two Nigerian sisters in the 1960s who return home during a civil war after receiving education in England; “Obvious Child,” the comedy of a 20-something Brooklynite who is fired, impregnated, and dumped in quick succession; and “Witching and Bitching,” the tale of a father and son duo who botch a burglary and run into a coven of bloodthirsty witches ready to “exact revenge on behalf of all women.”
The Harvard Exit also covers bases with “40 Days of Silence,” which is about a young girl in Uzbek who takes the traditional vow of silence; “Lands of Storms,” a modern “Brokeback Mountain” storyline except that it’s based in Hungary; and the tense, sometimes frightful “Tom at the Farm.”
Tickets for individual admissions range from $7 to $12 depending on the time and day, but can be bought in bundles of six ($57) or 20 ($180) for those who plan to see multiple screenings. SIFF Members pay even less.
More information is available at www.siff.net.