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Cinema stuff for the first week of February

We begin our cinema roundup at SIFF Cinema, where Friday through Sunday you can experience the epic Lawrence of Arabia in a stunning 4K digital restoration. We've said it before and we'll say it again: you should NOT miss a chance to see it on the big screen.

SIFF has two acclaimed documentaries playing Friday through Sunday at the Film Center: Tchoupitoulas, which captures the vibrancy of New Orleans through the eyes of three boys over the course of an evening, and Meet the Fokkens, the story of twins Louise and Martine Fokkens, who at 69-years-old have worked as prostitutes in Amsterdam's Red Light district for over 50 years.

On Saturday, SIFF presents a special double feature of Groundhog Day and...wait for it...Groundhog Day! Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned! Ned Ryerson!) will be in attendance for Q & A and to sign copies of his great new book The Dangerous Animals Club.

Sunday through Wednesday, National Theatre Live presents The Magistrate, a Victorian farce starring John Lithgow and directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader.

Continuing their runs at SIFF Cinema this week are the multi-Academy Award®–nominated Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained. Don't forget that you can rent any movie from our Chain Links section and get a coupon for $2 OFF tickets to Django Unchained at SIFF Cinema.

Children's Film Festival Seattle wraps up this weekend at Northwest Film Forum with a full roster of features, shorts, and events. Be sure to check out Sunday's Closing Ceremony, which includes a screening of Made in Seattle, a collection of animated and live-action shorts from local filmmakers such as Stranger Genius Award nominee Drew Christie. Visit the festival schedule page for all of the weekend's screenings.

The small-town Appalachian noir Consuming Spirits plays all week at NWFF. Director Chris Sullivan shot the film in 16mm over fifteen years, combining several animation styles to tell three stories of characters connected by crime stories in the local newspaper.

On Wednesday, NWFF launches The Great Cinematic Clown Pierre Étaix series. Who is Pierre Étaix? Allow them to explain: "Pierre Étaix is a one-man new wave of comedy. A clown, magician, illustrator and cabaret artist whose films recall the genius of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd, he's probably the finest physical comedian you’ve never heard of." The retrospective begins with his consuming 1969 romantic comedy Le Grand Amour.


Along with tasty food and cocktails, this week Central Cinema serves up two timeless classics: Citizen Kane (if you think of this every time hear the title, high five from us) and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (if you spent half of Lincoln comparing Daniel Day Lewis to the guy who played Lincoln in this movie, high five from us). Speaking of classics, on Wednesday the Night & Day film noir series continues with the slick Sweet Smell of Success starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. Following Thursday's Cartoon Happy Hour you can test your knowledge of Greendale and its eclectic student body with Community Trivia Night. Thank goodness it returns to our TV screens on Thursday!


This week down at Grand Illusion Cinema, there's In Another Country, Hong Sang-soo's charming comedy starring Isabelle Huppert as three different women in three overlapping romantic stories set in a small Korean town.

On Saturday the Sprocket Society presents another Saturday Secret Matinee, which features a different thrilling classic film each week from now thorugh March. February's theme is Exotic Lands, featuring "far rebellions, secret cults, and other breath-taking journeys into Terra incognita!"

On Sunday, there's a screening of Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives, (trailer has natural childbirth scenes and may be NSFW) a documentary about group of self-taught midwives and their continuing mission to promote safe and healthy maternity practices around the world.


On Friday the Seattle Art Musuem has a screening of Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, the documentary featuring Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and Booker T. and the MG's. On Thursday, the VIVA ITALIA series continues at Plestcheeff Auditorium with Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers. This 1960 drama starring Alain Delon is currently only available on a PAL DVD, so don't miss a chance to see a nice 35mm print.

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