The Seattle International Film Festival has released the lineup for its Women in Cinema showcase. The showcase will be a four-day event at SIFF 2015, and will include 12 features and documentaries, as well as special guests in the form of directors and producers. Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, her most mainstream offering to date, will play opening night.
Said SIFF’s Director of Programming, Beth Barrett: “Every year, I’ve seen the Women in Cinema festival continue to grow in relevance and in astonishing works from incredible filmmakers. Sharing these unique voices and getting these stories heard — and provoking the conversation about how to continue to keep cinema vibrant and diverse — is why we do this.”
Here’s the stellar-looking lineup (descriptions from SIFF).
Thursday, September 18
Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28-year-old Megan (Keira Knightley) finds herself squarely in an adulthood crisis with no career prospects, no particular motivation to find one, and no one to relate to, including her high-school boyfriend. When he proposes, Megan panics and — at least temporarily — hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moritz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell).
Friday, September 19
Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Feo Aladag about Inbetween Worlds.
Rocks in My Pockets
Five fantastical animated tales based on the courageous women of Latvian filmmaker Signe Baumane’s family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination, a twisted sense of humor, and a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché, stop-motion, and classic hand-drawn animation, Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption, and survival. FIPRESCI Award, Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
Saturday, September 20
Monk With a Camera
d: Jessica Yu Narrated by: Kyra Sedgwick, USA 2014, 93 min
The Last Season
Amid the bustling world of Central Oregon’s wild mushroom-hunting camps, two former soldiers discover the means to gradually heal their wounds of war, bonding over the search of the elusive and lucrative matsutake mushroom.
Kelly & Cal
Someone You Love
Sunday, September 21
Panel: Going Above and Beyond to Make Groundbreaking Film
Presented by Women in Film Seattle
Join us for a panel discussion on how female filmmakers are breaking the conventional methodology to make their movies and how they add excellence and a different perspective to a male-dominated landscape. The film industry should evolve like every other industry, and the contributions these groundbreaking storytellers are making is inspirational.
Shorts: Femme Future
These creative young women and their films were the toast of the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Back by popular demand are hilarious comedies, creative music videos, involving dramas, and eye-opening documentaries told by exceptional storytellers who herald a bright future for women who will take the industry by storm.
From the team behind SIFF favorite Winter’s Bone comes this stunning portrait of Ron ‘Stray Dog’ Hall: A soulful warrior in the US heartland, balancing his struggles to stay afloat with his commitments to his fellow combat veterans, family, and neighbors. Best Documentary, LA Film Festival 2014.
I Am Yours
A twentysomething single mother in Norway’s expatriate Pakistani community struggles with her dysfunctional relationships with her perpetually disapproving mother, her increasingly neglected child, and her not-committed-to-her boyfriend in this startlingly assured feature debut by Norwegian actor, singer and filmmaker Iram Haq. Norway’s Oscar Submission.