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Seattle International Film Festival reveals the first sicx titles for the 2023 edition

Seattle International Film Festival Tease
Take a peek into the movieverse  with the first six 49th Seattle International Film Festival titles just announced including the Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, the sensation that swept the Goya Awards, and a tribute to longtime SIFF Programmer Ruth Hayler.

Passes are on sale now and individual tickets go on sale to SIFF Members on April 26 and to the general public on April 27. The Festival takes place in person May 11–21 at venues across Seattle, followed by a week of select films streaming on the SIFF Channel May 22–28.

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And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine
Dir. Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck, Sweden 2023

A meticulous dissection of image-making using a mind-boggling array of archival footage, this profound documentary traces the 200-plus-year history of the camera; how it has been embraced, and how it has been exploited. A 2022 SIFF New Works-in-Progress project and Sundance Special Jury Award-winning documentary.
The Beasts
Dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain 2022        

Set in a remote mountain village in Galicia, Spain, this potent thriller depicts the friction between a local powerbroker and a middle-aged French couple who have moved there to start a farming life. The sensation that swept the Goya Awards (Spain’s Oscars), winning Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, and a host of others.
The Blue Caftan
Dir. Maryam Touzani, Morocco 2022

In this remarkable story of love, longing, and acceptance, middle-aged couple Mina and Halim run a traditional caftan boutique in Morocco. When a handsome young apprentice joins the shop, Halim's desires are soon ignited. Morocco’s Cannes prize-winner and Official Oscar submission.
Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to GIbberitia
Dir. Jean-Christophe Roger & Julien Chheng, France, Luxembourg 2022

Follow the adventures of Festival favorites Ernest & Celestine as they try their best to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at France’s 48th César Awards.
The Eight Mountains
Dir. Felix Van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Italy 2022

Pietro is a boy from the city. Bruno is the last child of a forgotten mountain village. Over the years, Bruno remains faithful to his mountain, while Pietro is the one who comes and goes. As their destinies unfold, the two discover what it means to be true friends for life. The 2022 Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner from the director of Broken Circle Breakdown.
Seven Samurai
Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan 1954

A sixteenth century farming village requests protection from the seven samurai against a horde of bandits who have warned they will return when the crops are ripe. A gripping three-hour ride from master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. This screening is dedicated to the memory of longtime SIFF Programmer Ruth Hayler.

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