Many SIFF award-winners — and audience and critics’ favorites — will screen again in the Seattle area in upcoming weeks.

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The 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival closed Sunday night with a gala screening of “The Overnight,” wrapping up three and a half weeks of screenings, parties and movie talk all over town. A few final words …


Nearly 90,000 ballots were cast in SIFF’s audience-voted Golden Space Needle Awards, and the best film award went to “The Dark Horse,” a drama from New Zealand about a bipolar speed chess champion who teaches Maori children about the game. Other winners were:

Best documentary: “Romeo is Bleeding”

Coming up

Best of SIFF

June 12-15, SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or Films include The Dark Horse,” “Frame by Frame,” “Liza, the Fox-Fairy,” “Behavior,” “Vincent,” “Paper Planes,” “The Great Alone,” “Romeo Is Bleeding,” “Good Ol’ Boy,” “Henri Henri,” “Chatty Catties” and a collection of the best of SIFF’s short films.

Best director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Best actor: Cliff Curtis, “The Dark Horse”

Best actress: Nina Hoss, “Phoenix”

Best short film: “Even the Walls”

Lena Sharpe Award (given to the female-directed film that receives the most votes): “Frame by Frame”

In the festival’s juried awards, the grand jury prize for best new director went to Károly Ujj-Mészáros for “Liza, the Fox-Fairy” an offbeat, inventive fairy tale from Hungary. The best documentary prize went to Greg Kohs’ “The Great Alone,” set in Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and the best new American cinema prize went to Pablo Valencia’s “Chatty Catties,” a black comedy in which cats (voiced by hard-of-hearing actors) speak. For more details and runners-up for all SIFF awards, see

The Fool Serious Awards, presented by an intrepid group of SIFF passholders (185 of them, who voted on an average of 68 films each), voted the Georgian drama “Corn Island” as their most liked film (“The Dark Horse” came in second), “Tig” as their top documentary, and Peter Greenaway as best director for “Eisenstein in Guanajuato.”

Critic’s picks

Though John Hartl and I were only able to see a fraction of the festival’s multitude of offerings (nearly 300 feature-length films), we especially liked “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Inside Out,” the beautifully restored “Apu” trilogy and “The Old Dark House,” and the documentaries “One Million Dubliners,” “Tab Hunter Confidential” and “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.” Our colleague Paul de Barros gave a four-star rave to the Brian Wilson/Beach Boys biopic “Love & Mercy” which is now playing at local theaters.

Returning SIFF movies

If you were among those disappointed when the SIFF screening of “The Red Shoes” had to be canceled due to technical problems, don’t despair: It will screen, in all its Technicolor gloriousness, at noon on Saturday, June 13 and at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15th, as part of the “Best of SIFF” weekend at the Uptown. Other SIFF favorites and prizewinners will return over the four-day weekend: “The Dark Horse,” “Frame by Frame,” “Liza, the Fox-Fairy,” “Behavior,” “Vincent,” “Paper Planes,” “The Great Alone,” “Romeo Is Bleeding,” “Good Ol’ Boy,” “Henri Henri,” “Chatty Catties” and a collection of the best of SIFF’s short films. For more information: or 206-324-9996.

And as always, a number of SIFF movies will open theatrically in the coming weeks. Already in theaters are “Love & Mercy,” “Spy,” “The Connection” and “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; here are other SIFF selections coming soon (note that release dates are subject to change):

“Heaven Knows What” (June 12)

“Inside Out” (June 19)

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (June 19)

“The Wolfpack” (June 19)

“The Overnight” (June 26)

“Manglehorn” (June 26)

“Eden” (July 3)

“Cartel Land” (July 10)

“Mr. Holmes” (July 17)

“3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” (July 17)

“Unexpected” (July 24)

“Shaun the Sheep” (Aug. 7)

“Cop Car” (Aug. 7)

“Best of Enemies” (Aug. 14)

Meet the Patels (Aug. 14)

“People, Places, Things” (Aug. 14)


Information in this article, originally published June 8, 2015, was corrected June 8, 2015. A previous version of this story gave the wrong screening day for “The Red Shoes.” It is showing Saturday, June 13.