SIFF Cinema Presents: Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, Feb. 5 – 11

Posted on February 04, 2016, 4:17 pm
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In River of Fundament, artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney brings Norman Mailer’s novel, Ancient Evenings to the screen in an epic opera, told in three acts. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellen Burstyn, Elaine Stritch and many other all-star actors. SIFF Cinema Uptown presents the film on 4k projection with 7.1 surround sound.

River of Fundament promises to be a non traditional opera of dazzling proportions, combining elements of documentary footage, outdoor performances and an impressive interior of Mailer’s famous Brownstone apartment. Hollywood Reporter says that River of Fundament “Splashes across the screen with a tidal wave of thematic concepts: life, death, philosophy, religion, history, mythology, politics, America, industry, urban development, societal construct, and, most abrasively, bodily functions…for six hours of jaw-dropping cinematic art.” In short: All the best things.

Ellen Burstyn in River of

Ellen Burstyn in River of Fundament. 

Screenings begin on Friday, February 5 and run through the following Thursday, February 11. The event’s varying schedule offers a couple of options. You can take in the whole event at once, or else see one act a day in succession during the week.

On Friday through Sunday, you can see the entire play in one day. Act 1 at 4:30, Act 2 at 7 and Act 3 at 9:20 PM.

The weekday schedule works a little differently. Monday, February 8 will host three screenings of Act 1 at 4:30, 7 and 9:20 PM. Tuesday, February 9 screens act 2, and Wednesday, February 10 shows act 3 at those same times.

Thursday, February 11, the SIFF goes back to playing all three acts on the same day.

Tickets for individual acts are $13 ($8 for SIFF members). A River Fundament Series Pass bundles all the acts at once for $30 ($15 for SIFF members).

Be sure to visit for more information on the play, tickets and scheduling.

 SIFF Cinema Presents: Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament

When: Friday February 5 – 11 at 4:30, 7 and 9:20 PM

February 5 – 7 and February 11 features Acts 1, 2 and 3.

February 8 shows Act 1, February 9 shows Act 2, February 9 shows Act 3.

Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N)

For mature audiences only. Buy tickets online.

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