SIFF 2016 Opening Night Gala: Café Society, May 19

Posted on May 16, 2016, 8:30 am
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The 42nd Annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) kicks off this Thursday, May 19 at 7pm with an advanced screening of Café Society. From

Woody Allen‘s new film, set in 1930s Hollywood and New York City, is a bittersweet romance starring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott…Poignant, and often hilarious, Café Society, a film with a novel’s sweep, takes us on a journey from pastel-clad dealmakers in plush Hollywood mansions, to the quarrels and tribulations of a humble Bronx family, to the rough-and-tumble violence of New York gangsters, to the sparkling surfaces and secret scandals of Manhattan high life.  Woody Allen conjures up a 1930s world that has passed to tell a deeply romantic tale of dreams that never die. Café Society is notable for the director’s first-time collaboration with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, known for epics such as Apocalypse NowReds, and The Last Emperor. This also marks Allen’s first foray into digital filmmaking, using a Sony CineAlta F65 camera.” 

Stick around for the opening gala to immediately follow the screening. SIFF always throws an awesome party, complete with hors d’oeuvres, desserts and an open bar for premium ticket-holders.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at SIFF. $100 gets you a premium pass (for early admission and other perks), $50 for general admission.

SIFF 2016 Opening Night Gala: Café Society, May 19

When: Thursday, May 19, 7pm

Where: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St)

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