2016 Schedule

October 23

Thriller

Geisha 7:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A nightclub bouncer tries to give up his connections to the criminal underworld when he is reunited with his disabled brother and falls in love with his caretaker.

Drama

Righteous 3:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

It is 1942. The Nazis launch the decisive phase of destruction. From the ghettos, Jews are transported to the death camps.

Drama

Raise the Roof 1:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, one of the magnificent 18th-century wooden synagogues of Poland.

Documentary

In Search of Lost Landscape 12:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

“In Search of a Lost Landscape” is a poignant story, told from an autobiographical perspective, of the Jewish community in Breslau/Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. This is a tale of their lives, hopes and dilemmas, and their final emigration after 1968.

Documentary

Alfred Schreyer of Drohobycz 12:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A story of an extraordinary life of Alfred Schreyer, the last Jew of Drohobycz, Ukraine, who was born and still lives in this town.

October 22

Thriller

Strange Heaven 8:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Based on true events. Social thriller built on misunderstandings of people acting in good faith but with contradictory goals.

Drama

New World 6:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Three stories of immigrants coming to the Poland hoping to start a new life.

Drama

Happy New York 4:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The story follows a group of people from the country in the east. They lived their lives, in a regular, gray, everyday existence. One day somebody decided to change the world, to make it a better place.

Documentary

Jarocin: Rock For Freedom 2:10PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A music documentary about one of the most important festivals of alternative music organized in Jarocin, central Poland.

Documentary

Piano 12:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The story of a piano that became an important symbol to protesters at Majdan Square during the Ukrainian conflict of 2014.

October 21

Science-Fiction

On the Silver Globe 8:40PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own dream.

Drama

Generations 6:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Generations by Janusz Zaorski is a full-length feature and documentary film which was made for the anniversary of the Wroclaw’s Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych.

October 20

Independent

Independent & Short Film Showcase 2 7:30PM Polish Home

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.

October 19

Independent

Independent & Short Film Showcase 1 7:30PM Polish Home

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.

October 18

Independent

Joanna Polak Retrospective 7:30PM Polish Home

Joanna Polak, visiting Seattle for the 2016 edition of Seattle Polish Film Festival, is an award-winning animator whose films have been presented at more than 300 festivals and exhibitions worldwide, winning more than 25 awards and distinctions.

October 16

Drama

These Daughters of Mine 8:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The relationship between two sisters becomes even more complicated when their parents develop an illness.

Drama

Double Life of Veronique 5:50PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related.

Drama

Chemo 3:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A young man in crisis meets a woman in the late stage of cancer, and they wrestle with the decision to start a family.

Drama

Call Me Marianna 2:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Marianna is a 40-year-old woman, who is suing her parents to obtain a sex change, has to choose between her own identity and that which is most precious to her – family.

Documentary

Our Kasprowy 1:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A history of the cable car at Kasprowy Wierch

October 15

Comedy

Planet Single 7:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A shy but sexy music teacher becomes the hit of popular dating show.

Drama

11 Minutes 5:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The lives of several people from Warsaw are intertwined for just 11 minutes. These minutes turn out to be crucial for their ultimate fate.

Drama

A Short Film about Killing 3:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A youth randomly, and brutally, murders a taxi-driver. Piotr has just passed his law exams and been admitted to the bar. He is to defend Jacek, the young murderer.

Comedy

Kamper 1:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

An acerbic relationship comedy about a young married couple that draws together the sad truths about the difficulties of intimate relationships.

October 14

Drama

United States of Love 9:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Poland, 1990. The first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty for the future. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it's time to change their lives, and fulfill their desires.

Science-Fiction

Gattaca 8:00PM SIFF Film Center

A young man assumes a false identity as a genetically perfect space navigator until a murder investigation threatens to expose his subterfuge.

Drama

Persona Non Grata 6:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Against his country's orders, a Japanese diplomat issues visas to refugees, saving over 6,000 Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.

October 12

Action

Puget Soundtrack: Mr. Blot’s Academy 8:00PM Northwest Film Forum

Thanks to the powers of magic, Adaś Niezgódka is transported to the fairy tale land of Mr. Blot – the protagonist of Jan Brzechwa’s classic book. Mr. Blot is a teacher and a magician in one. His lessons cannot be boring. Especially when bIotology is the subject. Adaś learns about the miracles of the enchanted land, but also gets to know its dark secrets.

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