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May 16, 2019 Comments Off on SIFF 2019 Opens….NOW!!! And, With 2 Dozen LGBTQ Films To Check Out In The Next 3+ Weeks! Views: 1895 Arts & Entertainment, Film, Film Festivals, Gay 101, Queer Film, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Queer Film

SIFF 2019 Opens….NOW!!! And, With 2 Dozen LGBTQ Films To Check Out In The Next 3+ Weeks!

"All About Shooting My Mother" could be the subtitle for the Argentinian thriller El Ángel, screening at SIFF this weekend.

“All About Shooting My Mother” could be the subtitle for the Argentinian thriller El Ángel, screening at SIFF this weekend.

The 45th Seattle International Film Festival kicks off TONIGHT, Thursday, May 16th with the Opening Night Gala of local filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s latest film, SWORD OF TRUST. The Red Carpet event still has a few tickets left; go HERE to snag them and help support SIFF and local film.

Starting Friday, May 17th, you can go see films all over the city including a bevy of LGBTQ films opening this first weekend including the locally made lesbian romance, Good Kisser which opens Friday at SIFF at the Uptown. There’s also Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic a documentary about the iconic French fashion designer responsible for Madonna’s bullet bra….not to mention two enticing thrillers, the Argentinian true life criminals on the run El Ángel (produced by Pedro Almodovar) and an erotic and bloody French thriller, Knife+Heart that features serial killers and gay porn stars.

Check out more info on more films below and/or go to the SIFF site!


And the Category Is… LGBTQ Realness

They’re here, they’re queer, and they’re ready to be watched. These films will dazzle those looking to be dazzled and move those looking to be moved. Their subjects are as complex and varied as the queer folks they’re representing, and that’s something to celebrate.

Good Kisser

Director Wendy Jo Carlton and Actresses Scheduled to Attend

World Premiere. Hoping to add a little spice to their two-year romance, Seattleites Jenna and Kate open up their relationship to an alluring and enigmatic stranger, only for it to expose the cracks in their foundation.

FRI May 17 · 7:00 PM · SIFF Cinema Uptown
SAT May 18 · 1:30 PM · Pacific Place 

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To the Stars

Director Martha Stephens Scheduled to Attend*

An elegant black-and-white drama set in 1960s Oklahoma about a sweet, withdrawn farmer’s daughter who challenges her repressive upbringing when she makes friends with the new girl in town.

MON May 20 · 8:45 PM · Ark Lodge Cinemas
SUN May 26 · 8:00 PM · SIFF Cinema Uptown*
MON May 27 · 4:00 PM · Pacific Place*

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Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

Director Nick Zeig-Owens Scheduled to Attend

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” champion/recording artist Trixie Mattel conquers yet another medium, revealing the pleasures and pressures of being a touring stage performer.

FRI May 24 · 7:00 PM · SIFF Cinema Egyptian
SAT May 25 · 4:15 PM · SIFF Cinema Egyptian 

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El Ángel

d. Luis Ortega, Argentina/SpainBUY TICKETS


d. Camille Vidal-Naquet, FranceBUY TICKETS


d. Yann Gonzalez, France/Switzerland/MexicoBUY TICKETS

This Is Not Berlin

d. Hari Sama, Mexico


Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak and Chic

US Premiere
d. Yann L’Henoret


d. Olivier Meyrou, France


Carmen & Lola

Director Arantxa Echevarría Scheduled to Attend*

Stunning bride-to-be Carmen and ambitious street artist Lola find themselves in the throes of a secret first love, risking safety, status, and their own future within their highly conservative Roma community.

THU May 30 · 8:45 PM · Lincoln Square
SUN June 2 · 5:00 PM · SIFF Cinema Uptown*
TUE June 4 · 3:30 PM · SIFF Cinema Uptown*

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d. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France/

Close Encounters of the Gay Kind

d. Various, InternationalBUY TICKETS


d. Alexandre Moratto, Brazil


An Almost Ordinary Summer

d. Simone Godano, ItalyBUY TICKETS

The Man Who Surprised Everyone

North American Premiere
d. Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov, Russia/Estonia/FranceBUY TICKETS

The Ground Beneath My Feet

North American Premiere
d. Marie Kreutzer, Austria

Troop Zero

d. Bert & Bertie, USA


The Long Haul: The Story of the Buckaroos ☆

World Premiere

☆ Director Scheduled to Attend

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