Blood Tea and Red String [In-Person Only]

This event took place Oct 7 - Oct 18, 2023

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Member

Christiane Cegavske
1h 11m


(Christiane Cegavske, US, 2006, 71 min, nonverbal)

Blood Tea and Red String is a surreal handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults created and animated entirely by director Christiane Cegavske over a period of 13 years. It tells the story of aristocratic white mice who commission gentle oak dwelling artisans to create a doll for them. When the Oak Dwellers fall in love with the doll they refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery, the jilted mice abscond with her in the middle of the night. The Oak Dwellers must journey through their mystical and dangerous land to reclaim their love.

The film is dialogue-free, which has enabled it to reach audiences worldwide and allows viewers to find their own interpretations of the story. It features a heart-rending musical score composed and performed by Mark Growden.

Synopsis and stills courtesy of Christiane Cegavske.

…a David Lynchean fever dream on Beatrix Potter terrain … as lovingly crafted as it is unsettlingly sour-sweet.” – Variety

A dark tale of white mice, sylvan creatures and a stolen goddess … as much a work of sculpture as of cinema.” – New York Times

Every now and then, a film comes along that is so original and made with such clear passion that it almost takes you a moment to catch your breath.” – Fangoria

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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