SIFF 2015 Preview: Week Two

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The 2015 edition of the Seattle International Film Festival continues this week and we here at Seattle Screen Scene are planning more extensive coverage. We’ll be watching and reviewing as many festival films as we can over and highlighting some you may want to check out. As a preview, here’s a list of some of our most-anticipated films from the festival’s second week. We’ll add links to the titles here as we review them.

Week of May 22 – May 28:

Unexpected – The second of two films starring Cobie Smulders at this year’s festival. She plays a teacher who becomes pregnant and bonds with a student who is also pregnant. Directed by Kris Swanberg.

Dreams Rewired – An exploration of our technological anxieties and dreams, with archival clips from hundreds of films and newsreels and narration by Tilda Swinton.

Heaven Knows What – A gut-punch of a movie from Joshua and Ben Safdie about homeless junkies featuring a stunning performance from Arielle Holmes, the film is based on her own memoir.

The Golden Era – Hong Kong great Ann Hui’s lovely biopic about 1930s writer Xiao Hong features an excellent lead performance from Tang Wei and a subtly unusual approach to the literary biopic genre.

The Apu Trilogy – Probably the event of the festival, if not the year, as restored versions of Satyajit Ray’s three films play back-to-back at the Pacific Place on Sunday.

Overheard 3 – The third in a series of films about cops using listening devices to track financial misdeeds in contemporary Hong Kong, with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart stars Louis Koo and Daniel Wu. You don’t need to have seen the first two: each film in the series follows completely new characters and stories.

The Dark Mirror – Robert Soidmak’s film noir from 1946 in which Olivia DeHavilland plays twins one or both of whom may have committed a murder.

Caught – Another noir, this one from Max Ophuls and starring Barbara Bel Geddes as a woman trapped in a marriage with James Mason.

Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains – Historical epic from Kyrgyzstan about a woman who unites various warring tribes.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Documentary about pop and rock musicians in Cambodia in the days before, during and after the Khmer Rouge.

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow – This Korean animated film probably has the best title of the festival, and it doesn’t even mention the enchanted toilet paper roll.

Mistress America – A last minute add is the local premiere of the latest collaboration between Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, the creators of Frances Ha.