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U.S. premiere!

Apr 11 - Apr 17

(Joanna Hogg, Great Britain, 2013, DCP, 104 min)

Britain's pre-eminent excavator of bourgeois angst hones in on a marriage between two professional artists, who may not possess the creativity to keep the artifice of their relationship intact.



Porcelain Horse

Mejor No Hablar de Ciertas Cosas

Opening night party for Pulsos Latinos follows the screening on April 18!

Featuring a free cachaça bar (21+ only) from Novo Fogo and live music from DJ Chilly!

Apr 18 - Apr 26

(Javier Andrade, Ecuador, 2012, DCP, 100 min)

A corrosive and funny drama—by turns blackly sardonic and deeply tender—about two brothers trying to grow up amid the torpor of drugs and the insulating comforts of class privilege in Portoviejo, Ecuador. 



The Unity of All Things 物之合

Visiting filmmaker Daniel Schmidt in attendance!

Apr 19

(Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt, United States, 2013, 97 min)

Shot in three languages, two types of film (16mm and 8mm) and in locations ranging from China to Chicago to CERN in Switzerland, The Unity of All Things is a work of experimental science fiction about the construction of a particle accelerator on the U.S./Mexico border.



We Are Mari Pepa

Somos Mari Pepa

Apr 19 - Apr 21

(Samuel Kishi Leopo, Mexico, 2013, DCP, 95 min)

Breathing unexpected life into the naturally jaded (but hormone-riddled) body of male youth/buddy/skate/band movies, Samuel Kishi Leopo's debut is utterly faithful to its milieu of bored and confused teenagers hanging out and playing hooky on the outskirts of Guadalajara: skating, trying to meet girls, and practicing for an upcoming battle of the bands. 



Summer of Flying Fish

El verano de los peces voladores

Apr 20 - Apr 23

(Marcela Said, Chile/France, 2013, DCP, 87 min)

Marcela Said's first foray into scripted narrative filmmaking after a series of award-winning documentaries focusing on Pinochet's regime sees her mining discreet (but no less politically sensitive) material: indigenous versus inherited legacies in Chile. 



Fantastic Planet

With live score by Kingdom of the Holy Sun!

Screening followed by DJ Mamma Casserole and DJ Veins!

After party at Vermillion: bring your ticket stub and get $1 off your first drink at the split tape release party!

Apr 20

(René Laloux, France, 1973, 35mm, 72 min)

A stop-motion sci-fi cult classic of such cosmically epic proportions that it was awarded the 1973 Special Jury Prize at Cannes (a rare feat for animated films), Fantastic Planet is a work of exquisite psychedelia-infused surrealism.



The Thomas Crown Affair

Hosted by Mark Mitchell and Chiyo Ishikawa!

Apr 21

(Norman Jewison, United States, 1968, 102 min)

This steamy heist starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen gets a custom makeover, as designer/artist Mark Mitchell and SAM curator Chiyo Ishikawa bring us a whole new way to watch the ultimate chess game between a millionaire sportsman and a saucy insurance investigator: by delighting in the fashion, style and design on display in this 1968 classic.



All About the Feathers

Por las plumas

Apr 22 - Apr 23

(Neto Villalobos, Costa Rica, 2013, DCP, 85 min)

Getting an independent production off the ground in Costa Rica (where the film industry pales in comparison with the sway of ecotourism) is about as likely as a lanky security guard raising a prize-fighting rooster. Director Neto Villalobos nimbly charts the trials of Chalo, who covets a local grocer's auspicious-seeming bird that, once possessed, is re-christened 'Rocky' and becomes something of a life partner to the loner who lives, naturally, above a fried chicken joint. 



Los Posibles

Apr 22 - Apr 26

(Santiago Mitre, Juan Onofri Barbato, Argentina, 2013, DCP, 55 min)

The follow-up to Santiago Mitre's student political drama El Estudiante (featured in last year's focus on Argentine films at Northwest Film Forum) comes as an unexpected surprise: Los Posibles is a dance film, albeit as mysterious and propulsive as his first narrative feature. 



Salt of the Earth

Co-presented with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington and the Labor Archives of Washington, UW Libraries Special Collections

Apr 23

(Herbert J. Biberman, USA, 1954, 94 min)

Blacklisted film professionals, with political beliefs deemed too radical in McCarthy-era Hollywood, collaborated with the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers to make this neorealist classic, which follows the struggle of miners and their families (many of them non-actors from the miners union)  as they strike against the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico. 



A Report on the Party and the Guests

Apr 23

(Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 35mm, 70min)

In Czechoslovak maverick’s Jan Němec’s most politically charged film, a group of middle-aged bourgeois friends picnic in the woods; soon they are assaulted by thugs who interrogate them, until the party’s host intervenes. This examination of the mechanics of power and the ways people participate was banned in Czechoslovakia by the Communist regime, who rebuffed Němec’s assurances that it was not intended as an allegory of their government.



Jonathas’ Forest

A Floresta de Jonathas

Apr 21 - Apr 24

(Sergio Andrade, Brazil, 2012, DCP, 99 min)

A becalmed but ripe tale of family life in Amazonia is transformed into a haunting rumination on man-in-nature, in this Brazilian take on tropical malady. Banished from the home by a bitter father, Juliano embarks on a defiant camping trip, with his curious brother Jonathas in tow.




Co-presented with 12toRain and City Arts magazine

Apr 24

Internet may have killed the video star, but music video culture is alive and kicking in the Northwest. Join Northwest Film Forum, 12toRain and City Arts magazine for videOasis, a new quarterly showcase of the best new music videos produced in the region. We’re kicking off the first videOasis in conjunction with the 2014 Music Issue by City Arts, as we pull videos from the interweb ether down to earth and onto the big screen, with musicians and directors here in person to discuss the process of collaboration.



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.