SIFF, the largest film festival in the United States, is joining forces with the City of Issaquah Arts Commission to present the second Issaquah International Film Festival.
The festival returns Feb. 28-March 1, 2015, at Cinebarre Issaquah 8, 1490 11th Ave. N.W. Admission is free! Reserve your tickets at SIFF.net/issaquah2015.
The special weekend program features some of the world's best films — a unique combination of family favorites, recent arthouse successes and new films — presented in the "Trailhead City" of Issaquah.
Saturday, Feb. 28
"Belle et Sébastien"
An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the Alps, “Belle et Sébastien” is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages. English subtitles.
Rani is a Delhi girl from a conservative family who is ditched by her fiancé just before her marriage. Shocked by this, she decides to set out on the planned honeymoon alone. As she travels the world and meets new people, she gains new experiences and discovers her own identity. English subtitles.
Italy's official Oscar submission, director Paolo Virzi's chic thriller features a stunning ensemble cast in the tale of two families whose destinies are tied together by a road accident, an event which exposes the self-destructive vanity of those who selfishly cling to the top. English subtitles.
Sunday, March 1
The film centers on the fragile ecosystem of wild salmon, including a chronicle of Washington's Elwha River dam removal as well as a comprehensive look at Alaska's Pebble Mine mineral exploration project, which could arguably destroy one of the world's last unspoiled salmon runs.
"Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"
When a lonely Japanese woman believes she knows the location of a buried treasure after watching and re-watching “Fargo” on an old VHS tape, she leaves her cluttered and mundane life in Tokyo to travel to Minnesota and find it. English subtitles.
John May (a superb Eddie Marsan), a meticulous government worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone, takes a case that sends him on a liberating, life-affirming journey.