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Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

JULY 7 - 11, 2014

Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival

When Martin Scorsese traveled to Poland to accept an honorary degree from The Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Łódź -- the institution that birthed the famed "Polish Film School" of the 1950's and 60's, which put Polish cinema on the map, he knew he needed to bring the great masterpieces of Polish cinema back with him. 

In the months following the visit, Scorsese chose twenty-one recently restored Polish masterpieces by directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Munk, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Aleksander Ford, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and others for a North American tour. 

Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle Polish Film Festival will present eight of these Polish classics in July. Each film has been digitally re-mastered and brilliantly restored on newly subtitled DCPs. 

The cinematic masterpieces from the legendary school include a sweeping historical epic of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses XIII, a Warsaw Uprising rebel turned POW camp escapee, a 1960s western, Zanussi’s scathing comedy set in a university summer school camp, a medieval blockbuster, a dreamy fantasy tinged with reflections on the Holocaust, and Academy Award winner Andrzej Wajda’s 19th century wedding party ornamented with lively country music and dead souls. 

Stay tuned for eight more in the fall, including Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds, which Scorsese himself hailed as one of the ten best films ever made, and the alchemical surrealist classic, The Saragossa Manuscript.

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Coming Out All Over: Queer Film Style

JUNE 12, 19, 26

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema, with introductions by Mark Mitchell!

Happy hours at 6:30pm
Screenings at 7:30pm

Costume designers, the unsung alchemists of movie magic, finally get their due thanks to guest curator Mark Mitchell’s delectable selection of three couture classics. Combining his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of costume design with his queer sensibility, Mark will take us on a tour of the many-splendored world of queer film style. Come for the classy commentary, stay for the sassy footnotes, and don’t forget to get lubricated before show time during happy hour at our lobby bar.

Mark Mitchell is an artist, designer, and teacher.  His performance and subsequent exhibition Mark Mitchell: Burial at the Frye Museum in September of 2013 drew record attendance, and was acclaimed both critically and popularly. He lives in Seattle in a pagoda with his partner and love of his life Kurt B. Reighley, and their beloved Boston-like rescue terrier, Glouchester.

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Godard Does Himself

MAY 30 - JUNE 5, 2014

Jean-Luc Godard makes appearances in three beloved classics of the French new wave (most notably as the voice of Alpha 600 in Alphaville).

  • Join us for a special pre-screening introduction to Contempt, at 9pm on May 30, from Lyall Bush, executive director of Northwest Film Forum and an adjunct faculty member of Seattle University’s Film Studies program, where he teaches international cinema, including a seminar on Godard in 2015. This introduction will include clips from other films by Jean-Luc Godard. Read More >

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