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Kaili Blues

Seattle premiere!

Jun 23 - Jun 26

(Bi Gan, China, 2015, DCP, 113 min)

Visual poetry and geography guide the viewer in Bi Gan’s dreamlike debut feature Kaili Blues. Gan’s fluid camera captures the mystical landscape in the province of Guizhou, following doctor Chen Sheng as he embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew. On the way, Chen Sheng encounters a place where time seems to flow both forwards and backwards, the lives of the local people a complete mystery. The personal insights gained on his journey become meaningful on a larger scale as Chen’s journey ultimately reflects on the increasingly rapid pace of cultural and economic transformation in China.



Touki bouki (The Hyena's Journey)

Jun 22 - Jun 26

(Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1973, 35mm, 95 min)

Djibril Diop Mambéty's debut feature Touki Bouki is a tour de force stylistic composite of French New Wave filmmaking techniques, the avant-garde traditions of Sergei Eisenstein, and nonlinear West African storytelling (griot). Mory and Anta are a fashionable, Bonnie- and Clyde-esque young Senegalese couple on the lam, discontented with Senegalese modernity and dreaming of Europe. Channeling themes of wealth, youth, and delusion, the story revolves around the couple's brash and illegal attempts to get enough cash for boat tickets to Paris.



School's Out Screening of Best of Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016

Ice cream sandwiches and cupcakes in the lobby before each show!

Jun 26

(Various countries, animation and live action, in English, Spanish, Russian, Tagalong and Dutch, with English subtitles)

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than to see the world and feed your mind, with prizewinning and audience favorite films from Children’s Film Festival! These two screenings are also a special benefit to help send this year’s crop of youth jurors to the world-famous Giffoni Film Festival, in Italy, this summer — an amazing experience that Northwest Film Forum has offered to youth since 2014.



And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

Seattle premiere!

Jun 29 - Jul 02

(Billy Woodberry, US/Portugal, 2015, DCP, 89 min)

And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead is an archival journey into New Orleans-born beat-poet Bob Kaufman’s life and work amidst the changes and struggles of the United States during his active years in San Francisco's North Beach, opening a time capsule of black-and-white film footage and still photography, underscored by jazz and city soundscapes.



The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

35mm print!

Jun 29

(John Cassavetes, US, 1976, 35mm, 135 min)

John Cassavetes’s mid-70s film noirish gangster film is a mesmerizing study of masculine identity. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, a suave gentleman’s club owner deep in debt with loan sharks who is forced to carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life.



Eurovision: Iconic Song Performances

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Hosted by Richard & Kevin, Three Dollar Bill Cinema members

Happy hour in the lobby at 7:00pm

Jun 30

Eurovision is the longest-running annual song competition in television history and one of TV’s most-watched non-sports programs. The glitzy stage design, pop-anthemic performances, flamboyant costuming and dancing are delightful, breathtakingly saccharine expressions of supranational exuberance.



Special Events

Free events

Scour our calendar for regular free and extra-affordable events for Seattle film lovers. Have you checked out Framing Pictures? We have the best film critic chat in town. 



Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!




Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live music performance, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between.