Art-house screenings and events during the week of March 4 include the Issaquah Film Festival and “The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour” at the Grand Illusion in Seattle.
The third annual Issaquah Film Festival runs Saturday-Sunday, March 5-6, at the Cinebarre Issaquah. The films featured include “Office,” Johnnie To’s corporate-intrigue drama, the new tsunami film “The Wave” (review on Page 14) and “Only Yesterday,” the animated 1991 Studio Ghibli release. Admission is free, reservations are limited to two tickets per person. 1490 11th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (206-324-9996 or siff.net).
“W.S. Merwin: Even Though the Whole World is Burning,” a documentary about the life and work of the environmental activist, screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the SIFF Cinema Uptown. Tickets are $8. “The Mask You Live In,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary that looks at “America’s narrow definition of masculinity,” will show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are $12. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-9996 or siff.net).
The SIFF Cinema Film Center’s offerings this week include an encore screening of the “National Theatre Live” staging of Martin McDonagh’s comedy “Hangmen,” starring David Morrissey, at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 6; “The Forbidden Room,” Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “grand ode to lost cinema and phantasmagoric storytelling,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7; and “Alice in the Cities,” Wim Wenders’ 1974 tale of a German journalist who becomes the ward for a young girl, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. Tickets are $7 for SIFF members, $12 general per film. “The Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Masakazu Sugita’s story of orphans who have survived earthquakes, plays at noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Tickets are $5 student, $10 general and $20 reception and film. Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center (206-324-9996 or siff.net).
“The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Traveling Tour,” North America’s longest-running fest of independent and experimental film, comes to the Grand Illusion beginning Tuesday, March 8. Programs and showtimes vary. Also showing is “A Married Woman,” Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 drama about a French woman torn between two men. Tickets are $5 for members, $6-$9 general admission. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle (206-523-3935 or grandillusioncinema.org).
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The Northwest Film Forum screens “Love Between the Covers,” Laurie Kahn’s documentary about romance fiction, at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 6, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” a 2015 documentary about storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson, shows at 7 p.m. Sunday, March. 6. Two films by German director Wim Wenders play on Thursday, March 10: his 1971 drama “The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick,” about a soccer player losing his mind, at 7 p.m., and the 1982 drama “The State of Things,” a tale of a director, cast and crew stranded in Portugal, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 for NWFF members, $8 and $11 general admission. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (206-829-7863 or nwfilmforum.org).
The 1924 silent version of “Peter Pan,” with Betty Bronson in the title role, screens at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; $10 (425-275-9595 or ec4arts.org).
“Who ya gonna call?” The “Dark Lodge” series returns to the Ark Lodge Cinemas with “Ghostbusters,” Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 4816 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-721-3156 or arklodgecinemas.com).
Fathom Events offers The Met Live’s staging of Puccini’s opera “Manon Lescaut,” starring Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna, at several theaters Saturday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 9. The music documentary “Queen: A Night in Bohemia” screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. The UFO documentary “The Phoenix Incident” screens at several theaters on Thursday, March 10. For locations and more information on all events, go to fathomevents.com).
The Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library shows “Blow-Up,” Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 mystery about a cameraman (David Hemmings) who believes he has photographed evidence of a murder, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or spl.org).
The “Meaningful Movies Project” screens “The Starfish Throwers,” Jesse Roesler’s 2014 documentary about battling hunger, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle; free (meaningfulmovies.org).
At the Central Cinema, you can see “Back to the Future,” Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 time-travel fantasy starring Michael J. Fox. Also showing is “Army of Darkness,” Sam Raimi’s third “Evil Dead” movie, with Ash (Bruce Campbell) tumbling into the 13th century. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (central-cinema.com).