SIFF to screen 12 films in Renton through Tuesday

SIFF Renton kicks off with "My Blind Brother," 7 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at IKEA Performing Arts Center. All 12 Renton films will screen through Tuesday.

My Blind Brother

Twelve films will screen through Tuesday at the IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School for the Seattle International Film Festival in Renton.

SIFF-Renton kicked off Thursday night with a screening of “My Blind Brother” and then the big opening-night party at the Renton Pavilion Event Center.

Tickets for the films can be purchased online at; click on Buy Tickets. There’s also an online film guide, where filmgoers can order tickets. The SIFF phone number is 206-324-9996

Tickets can be printed at home or held at Will Call.

SIFF Cinema box offices and Will Call open one-half hour prior to the first screening of the day to buy tickets or pick up tickets.

The SIFF-Renton box office is at the performing arts center, 400 S. Second St., Renton.

Here is the lineup of films starting Friday for SIFF-RENTON.

My Blind Brother
USA, 2016, 90 minutes, director Sophie Goodhart
7 p.m., May 26
Comedy dynamos Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, and Jenny Slate star in an unconventional screwball romantic comedy about a lovable slacker who falls in love with the girlfriend of his blind, narcissistic brother.

Angry Indian Goddesses
India, 2015, 104 minutes, director Pan Nalin
6 p.m., May
Riotous and refreshingly honest, this empowering female buddy comedy takes place during a beachside bachelorette party, where six women from diverse backgrounds examine what it means to be a woman in contemporary India.

The Bodyguard
Hong Kong, 2016, 99 minutes, director Sammo Hung
8:30 p.m., May 27
Hong Kong action legend Sammo Hung directs and stars as a retired bodyguard, struggling with the onset of dementia, who must take down the mob in order to save a compulsive gambler (Andy Lau) whose daughter he has befriended.

Australia, 2015, 93 minutes, director Stuart McDonald
1 p.m., May
When a wild penguin sanctuary is threatened by hungry foxes, their only chance for survival might be an eccentric chicken farmer and his mischievous sheep dog in this Down Under family delight. Recommended for ages 5+ (mild language and doggy mayhem).

Folk Hero & Funny Guy
USA, 2016, 90 minutes, director Jeff Grace
8 p.m., May
A struggling stand-up (Alex Karpovsky) becomes the opening act on tour with his rising-star musician friend (Wyatt Russell) in this refreshing indie road-trip buddy comedy filled with sparkling dialogue and original music.

Long Way North
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France, 2015, 81 minutes, director Rémi Chayé
1 p.m., May
In this enchanting and epic animated adventure, a 15-year-old Russian aristocrat embarks on a harrowing and dangerous journey to the North Pole in a desperate search for her explorer grandfather and his famous ship. Recommended for ages 6 plus (includes mild foul language, and a girl finds a man frozen to death off screen).

The Olive Tree
Spain, 2016, 98 minutes, director Icíar Bollaín
5 p.m., May
A determined young woman journeys from Spain to Germany to retrieve a gnarled, thousand-year-old olive tree that is precious to her ailing grandfather after it has been sold to an energy company, in Icíar Bollaín’s earthy, bittersweet fable.

Kilo Two Bravo
United Kingdom, 2015, 108 minutes, director Paul Katis
7:30 p.m., May
A relentless, Hurt Locker-esque true story about a patrol of British paratroopers in Afghanistan who, while trying to disable a Taliban roadblock, are marooned in a minefield along the Kajaki dam.

The Final Master
China, 2015, 109 minutes, director Xu Haofeng
5:30 p.m., May
A Wing Chun master must singlehandedly take on a town full of martial-arts schools jockeying for dominance through realistic, bone-crunching hand-to-hand combat in this action-packed film from the writer of Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster.

Other Girls
Finland, 2015, 80 minutes, director Esa Illi
8 p.m., May
Based on the actual video diaries of teenage girls, this charming and energetic Finnish delight introduces four high-school girlfriends coping with romance, independence, trust, and self-acceptance as they near graduation and adulthood.

Tanzania, 2015, 112 minutes, director Chande Omar
6 p.m., May
When a Tanzanian businesswoman experiences a brutal attack upon returning to her home village, she discovers that friends and family are willing to turn a blind eye to the abuse that women suffer and decides to fight for justice no matter the consequence.


South Korea, 2015, 99 minutes, director Park Hong-min
8:30 p.m., May
A young man finds himself trapped in a living nightmare where he is hunted down again and again in director Park Hong-min’s bold, mind-altering psycho-thriller set amid the sprawling maze of alleyways and stairwells in Seoul’s gritty shantytown district.


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