Office (Johnnie To, 2015)

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The world of Office, the latest from director Johnnie To, is a world without walls. Or, rather, a world where walls do nothing to differentiate space. It’s hard to tell where one place begins and another ends. Each scene takes place in a largely artificial environment where geometric figures and shapes suggest the outline of a room; this strategy essentially means that at any given moment there’s tons of action happening on multiple planes of the frame. Whether it’s a hospital room, a character’s apartment, there is no personal space. There’s only a series of transparent chambers where only emotional/financial transactions can take place.

Chow Yun Fat plays Chairman Ho. While his wife is in a coma, he’s been having an affair with CEO Chang for the last 20 years (played by Sylvia Chang, the film is an adaptation of her 2009 play, Design for Living), and his daughter, Kat, is now working at an entry-level position to gain knowledge of the business. One of his underlings tries to get an accountant to cook the books. Meanwhile Lee Xiang, played by Wang Ziyi (Lee for Ang Lee, Xiang for Dream – aspirational!), also starting at the company, just wants to make a good impression, achieve his dreams and ride that direct elevator to the 71st floor. The film uses all of them to explore certain attitudes and ways of living in capitalist society by testing their bonds after the 2008 crash.

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Friday September 18 – Thursday September 24

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Featured Film:

Office at the AMC Pacific Place

The latest from Hong Kong director Johnnie To is a musical based on a play written by Sylvia Chang, who also stars along with Chow Yun-fat. Set in the world of high finance at the time of the economic meltdown, it promises to be a fascinating companion to To’s 2011 duo of Life without Principle and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. We’ll have full coverage coming this weekend, with reviews and a podcast recorded on-location from the theatre lobby. Our review. Our podcast.
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Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2002) Fri-Tues Our Podcast
The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) Fri-Tues
Lion’s Mane Art Collective: QTone Thurs Only

SIFF Cinema Egyptian:

Mistress America (Noah Baumbach) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
Cooties (Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion) Fri-Weds
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) Sat Midnight Only

Century Federal Way:

Veteran (Ryoo Seung-wan) Fri-Thurs
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Jimmy’s Hall (Ken Loach) Fri-Thurs
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi) Fri-Thurs
Best of Enemies (Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon) Fri-Thurs
The Lives of Hamilton Fish (Rachel Mason) Sun Only
Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley) Tues Only
Fresh Dressed (Sacha Jenkins) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Horse Money (Pedro Costa) Fri-Thurs Our Review
A Poem is a Naked Person (Les Blank, 1974) Sat-Weds
Korla (John Turner & Eric Christensen) Thurs Only

Landmark Guild 45th:

Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland) Fri-Thurs
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Bhale Bhale Magadivoi (Maruthi) Fri-Thurs
Pawn Sacrifice (Edward Zwick) Fri-Thurs
Katti Batti (Nikhil Advani) Fri-Thurs
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland) Fri-Thurs
Pawn Sacrifice (Edward Zwick) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson Jr.) Fri-Mon
Puget Soundtrack: Tim Held Presents Predator (John McTiernan, 1987) Sat Only Live Performance
Recess Monkey Presents “Hot Air!” Sun Only Live Performance

AMC Pacific Place:

Office (Johnnie To) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Podcast
Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs

Kirkland Parkplace Cinema:

Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs
Meru (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs

Scarecrow Video Screening Lounge:

The Element of Crime (Lars von Trier, 1984) Fri Only
Song of the Sea (Tomm Moore, 2014) Sun Only
Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995) Mon Only
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Tues Only
Rachel Rachel (Paul Newman, 1968) Weds Only
Ruby in Paradise (Victor Nuñez, 1993) Thurs Only

Seattle Art Museum:

Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945) Thurs Only 35mm

Landmark Seven Gables:

The New Girlfriend (François Ozon) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Paper Planes (Robert Connolly) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

Sleeping with Other People (Leslye Headland) Fri-Thurs
Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Learning to Drive (Isabel Coixet) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Phoenix (Christian Petzold) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Decline of Western Civilization Part 1 (Penelope Spheeris, 1981) Fri Only Our Interview
Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992) Fri Only Our Interview 
Women in Cinema Festival Fri-Thurs
Dead End (William Wyler, 1937) Mon Only

Varsity Theatre:

Dragon Blade (Daniel Lee) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Phoenix (Christian Petzold) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) Sun & Weds Only