Ned Rifle (Hal Hartley, 2014)


The third film in Hal Hartley’s lunatic epic trilogy about an ex-con with literary delusions and his relations with a garbageman from Queens and his sister opens this week at the SIFF Film Center. Released in 1997, the first film in the trilogy, Henry Fool was, as far as I can tell, Hartley’s most successful release, taking in almost one and a half million dollars at the box office. While his reputation rests on the series of films he made in the early 90s, hallmarks of that decade’s American independent film movement (Trust, The Unbelievable Truth, Amateur, Flirt), his career seems to have sputtered over the last 20 years, with only a couple of features seeing completion. The second film in the trilogy, 2006’s Fay Grim, grossed only 10% of its predecessor, and the new film was funded by Kickstarter. I believe this says more about the state of independent film production distribution and exhibition in the United States than it does about Hartley as a filmmaker.

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Friday April 10 – Thursday April 16

Featured Film:

Ned Rifle at the SIFF Film Center

The latest from veteran independent auteur Hal Hartley is the third in his series about the Grim family and their relation to itinerant author, raconteur, degenerate, terrorist philosopher Henry Fool. Ned Rifle, child of Fool and his wife Fay Grim (Parker Posey), now 18 years old and a committed Christian sets off on a quest to find his father and kill him. He’s joined by a mysterious, brilliant woman played by Aubrey Plaza. Our Preview.
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Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

The Wrecking Crew (Denny Tedesco, 2008) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951) Fri-Tues
Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000) Fri-Weds


Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959) Sat Only Laser Projection

Landmark Crest Cinema Center:

Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore) Fri-Thurs
Selma (Ava DuVernay) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Egyptian:

White God (Zsófia Psotta) Fri-Thurs

Grand Cinema:

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
Dancing in Jaffa (Hilla Medalia) Sun Only
Match (Stephen Belber) Tues Only
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) Weds Only Our Preview 
Selma (Ava DuVernay) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Of Horses and Men (Benedikt Erlingsson) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Guild 45th Theatre:

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas:

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (Dibakar Banerjee) Fri-Thurs
While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) Fri-Thurs

Regal Meridian:

Let’s Get Married (Liu Jiang) Fri-Thurs
How to Fight in Six-Inch Heels (Tran Ham, 2013) Fri-Thurs
’71 (Yann Demange) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

ByDesign 2015 Festival Fri-Tues
Interiors (Woody Allen, 1978) Sun Only 35mm
100 Years After Birth of a Nation Mon Only
Cheatin’ (Bill Plympton) Weds & Thurs Director in attendance

AMC Pacific Place:

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

You’re My Boss (Antoinette Jadaone) Fri-Thurs

Scarecrow Video Screening Lounge:

Demon Queen (Donald Farmer, 1986) Sat Only
Enchanted April (Mike Newell, 1991) Sun Only
Comanche Station (Budd Boetticher, 1960) Mon Only
Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) Tues Only
Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) Weds Only
Scared to Death (Christy Cabanne, 1947) Thurs Only

Seattle Art Museum:

Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, 1958) Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Seven Gables:

Kill Me Three Times (Kriv Stenders) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Ned Rifle (Hal Hartley) Fri-Thurs Our Preview 
The Wrecking Crew (Denny Tedesco, 2008) Fri-Thurs

AMC Southcenter:

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) Fri-Thurs
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke) Fri-Thurs
Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (David Zellner) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview

Regal Thornton Place:

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs Our Preview
GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Shlomi & Ronit Elkabetz) Fri-Thurs
The Human Experiment (Don Hardy Jr. & Dana Nachman) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

The Wrecking Crew (Denny Tedesco, 2008) Fri-Thurs