The Seattle International Film Festival can be an unwieldy behemoth, an epic marathon that spans 25 days and encompasses more than 400 titles. But even marathons end, and the 45th installment draws to a close Sunday, June 9.
If you haven’t explored the expansive catalog, this is it, your last call. There’s still time, but it’s short. And representative of the larger fest, there’s something for film fans of all stripes over the last few days.
SIFF wraps up the 2019 slate with a couple of the biggest titles of the whole run. Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired “Yesterday” screens the final day. Then there’s the Closing Night Gala, featuring Lulu Wang’s Sundance standout “The Farewell,” a dramatic comedy about a young woman’s cultural and generational conflicts with her Chinese family starring Awkwafina.
As usual, the programmers left a few open slots for late additions to the party and to bring back a handful of festival favorites. The most notable last-minute guest is SXSW Audience Award winner “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” It follows a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from his care home to chase his professional-wrestling dream, and stars Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson.
If you missed the world premiere of David Shields’ collage documentary about former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch, “Lynch: A History,” Turkish drama “Sibel” or the Italian closed-door thriller “The Invisible Witness,” you have the opportunity to rectify those oversights.
Never known for the strongest genre program, SIFF’s final weekend even has a few options for enthusiasts. There’s Wi Ding Ho’s sci-fi-tinged crime drama “Cities of Last Things.” Looking for one last scare? “Here Comes Hell” offers stylized black-and-white horror frequently compared to “Evil Dead.” Swedish oddity “Koko-di Koko-da” watches like “Groundhog Day,” but instead of Bill Murray and a rodent, it has grieving parents repeatedly tormented by sideshow performers.
Speaking of Murray, late additions and horror, SIFF’s final weekend also features a screening of indie auteur Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die,” fresh off its world premiere at Cannes.
If fiction’s not your bag, the schedule includes plenty of documentaries to broaden your mind. Get pumped for our impending NHL team with “Making Coco,” the story of Grant Fuhr, the first black inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame and, according to Wayne Gretzky, the greatest goalie to ever lace up a pair of skates. “Memory” examines the societal forces that influenced and shaped Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic “Alien.” “Pigeon Kings” soars through the world of competitive pigeon flying in South Central Los Angeles — yes, that’s a thing. A bit more risqué, there’s “The Long Haul: The Story of the Buckaroos,” Seattle’s own all-male, country-western burlesque troop.
You have dozens of films to choose from during SIFF’s 2019 curtain call. There’s the bleak humor of the unlikely relationship between a harried small-town mother and a low-rent comedian in “International Falls.” Animated documentary “Another Day of Life” looks at the 1975 Angolan civil war. Cult-classic-in-the-making “Greener Grass” offers an absurdist glimpse at the pursuit of the American Dream in a heightened suburbia. And there are movies from Spain, the Philippines, Romania and all around the globe.
Some shows are sold out, others are on standby or otherwise running low. There’s still time to catch a film or two before SIFF retires for the year — at least the festival proper, they’re up and running year-round — but act now.
Seattle International Film Festival, through June 9. Information: 206-324-9996, siff.net