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2018 Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival, May 17 to June 10, 2018, is the largest film festival in the United States, featuring more than 400 films from 85 countries across 25 days. Browse some of the lineup for this year's programming below:

Seattle International Film Festival: Features

1. 1985 (2018)
85 min | Drama

A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

Director: Yen Tan | Stars: Jamie Chung, Virginia Madsen, Bill Heck, Michael Chiklis


2. A Kid Like Jake (2018)
92 min | Drama, Family

A Brooklyn couple has always known that their four-year-old son is more interested in fairy tale princesses than toy cars. But when his preschool director points out that his gender-nonconforming play may be more than a phase, the couple is forced to rethink their roles as parents and spouses.

Director: Silas Howard | Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Claire Danes, Ann Dowd, Jim Parsons


3. A Man of Integrity (2017)
117 min | Drama, Thriller

A drama about the corruption and injustice in the iranian society. You are the suppressed, or you have to join the suppressor to survive!

Director: Mohammad Rasoulof | Stars: Reza Akhlaghirad, Soudabeh Beizaee, Nasim Adabi, Zeinab Shabani


4. A Moment in the Reeds (2017)
108 min | Drama, Romance

Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi's father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.

Director: Mikko Makela | Stars: Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsiala


5. A Rough Draft (2018)
Fantasy | Post-production

A video game designer is stripped of his identity and recruited by a mysterious force to be the gatekeeper of a multi-dimensional portal.

Director: Sergey Mokritskiy | Stars: Nikita Volkov, Severija Janusauskaite, Yuliya Peresild, Evgeniy Tsyganov


6. After the War (2017)
92 min | Drama

An Italian insurgent living with his teenage daughter in France discovers that he no longer has political asylum, and the family he left behind in Italy are forced to answer for his past sins.

Director: Annarita Zambrano | Stars: Giuseppe Battiston, Barbora Bobulova, Marilyne Canto, Maria Capaccioli


7. Amateurs (2018)
102 min | Comedy

A sleepy Swedish province hopes to lure a discount store chain by hiring a pompous commercial director to document their town's worthiness, but two bright, brash high school girls from immigrant families use their cellphones and selfie sticks to tell the real story.

Director: Gabriela Pichler | Stars: Shada Ismaeel, Maria Nohra, Susanne Hedman, Jan Cruseman


8. Ana, mon amour (2017)
125 min | Drama, Romance

Toma and Ana meet as students in the literature faculty, and quickly fall in love.

Director: Cãlin Peter Netzer | Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Mircea Postelnicu, Carmen Tanase, Vasile Muraru


9. Anchor and Hope (2017)
113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two women, Eva and Kat, and the best friend of one of them, Roger. A boat in the canals of London and a question: Is it possible to live love, family, and life in such different ways and yet remain united?

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet | Stars: Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Geraldine Chaplin, Charlotte Atkinson


10. Angels Wear White (2017)
107 min | Drama

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are sexually assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she chooses to keep silence.

Director: Vivian Qu | Stars: Vicky Chen, Meijun Zhou, Ke Shi, Le Geng

View the full list of Features here.

Seattle International Film Festival: Shorts


1. O (II) (2017)
Animation, Short

Directors: Mario Radev, Chiara Sgatti


2. 86'd (2018)
12 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

"Full Moon, all the crazies are out." Four seedy stories transpire over the course of one late-night order at 24-hour deli.

Director: Alan Palomo | Stars: Mitzi Akaha, Lindsay Burdge, Buddy Duress, Brian Deran


3. A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl (2017)
20 min | Documentary, Short

This is a film about 12-year-old girls, made by 12-year-old girls, for 12-year-old girls, or anyone that has been a 12-year-old girl, or will be a 12-year-old girl, or wishes they were a 12-year-old girl. This inquisitive cross between a documentary and a theatre piece was created by Tilda Cobham-Hervey and twelve 12-year-old girls, where real girls articulate what they hope for, what they remember and what it feels like to be twelve. Performing themselves in a filmed field guide, together these specimens investigate their own species.

Director: Tilda Cobham-Hervey | Stars: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Audrey Mason-Hyde, Lila O'Donnell, Lola Tripodi-Smith


4. A Gentle Night (2017)
15 min | Short, Drama

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing refuses to go gentle into this good night.

Director: Yang Qiu | Stars: Shuxian Li, Zhongwei Sun, Yaning Ding, Yun Xu


5. About the Birds and the Bees (2016)
12 min | Short, Comedy | Completed

A quiet farmer father and his son set out on a trip to the pharmacy after the teen has a little accident with his girlfriend.

Director: J.J. Vanhanen | Stars: Mikko Kauppila, Juha Uutela, Saana Koivisto, Aksu Piippo


6. Agua Viva (2018)
Animation, Short

A Chinese manicurist in Miami attempts to describe feelings she doesn't have the words for.

Director: Alexa Lim Haas | Star: Mengda Zhang


7. Always (I) (2017)
Short, Drama | Completed

A Mother's strength brings life into the world but how will she overcome the agony of death.

Director: Angela DiMarco | Stars: Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Madelyn Grace


8. Becky (2018)
9 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A young boy's playground crush forces him to face his greatest fear - to disastrous results.

Director: Victor Viyuoh | Stars: Djamilatou -, Michael Akumcha, Ramatu Moumini, Ateh Frank Ateh Jr.


9. Cuánto. Más allá del dinero (2017)
Short, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Translation: How Much. Beyond Money. In a near future, Lucía (Adriana Ugarte) decides to sell some of her most treasured experiences to get rich. Surrounded by luxury we all want to have, she will discover where is her balance. Would you sell your most treasured experiences? How much.

Director: Kike Maíllo | Stars: Miquel Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Will Shephard, Adriana Ugarte


10. Birds in the Earth (2018)
11 min | Short

Director: Marja Helander


See the full list of Shorts here.


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