Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $25, get an Enthusiast Membership to Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) (a $55 value). The Enthusiast Membership is tax-deductible and scores you:
- Discounted tickets to SIFF Cinema and Festival ($5, beginning November 16)
- Early-bird discounts for Festival tickets and passes (beginning November 1)
- Invites to complimentary preview screenings
- A popcorn punch card
- Three sample issues of Seattle Met
Your one-year membership must be activated within three months.
SIFF illuminates the human experience with cinematic stories told from the perspectives of a variety of cultures, while giving you fresh ways to enjoy cherished film favorites. Subtitle junkies can get their foreign fix with the latest works of boot-shaped talkies at the New Italian Cinema Festival, running November 16–20, or overload their inner child with the sense-blending synesthesia of the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision, playing December 10–12. The Dark Side of Oz showcases the surreal synchronicity of The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on December 3 and 4, while the film plays with its original soundtrack on December 4 and 5. Otherwise, wear way too tight pants and bring your juggling balls to the Labyrinth Quote-Along, which puts a Rocky Horror twist on the 1986 Jim Henson fantasy with quote-along subtitles (all together now, "you remind me of the babe…"), sing-along lyrics, and a sock-puppet station in the lobby where you can make your own merry band of goblin-muppets.
Seattle International Film Festival's elevated escapism will expand your silver-screen horizons and instill a deep love for the 20th century's greatest art form. And, with a whole new film center coming in the new year, your oasis for international fare will get even oasisier. Invite along a fellow film buff to the SIFF and delight in how filmmakers from all over the world translate their stories into moving picture-radios.
The SIFF team scours the globe in search of extraordinary films. Their mission is to bring the community—and the world—together through quality international showings, and they host premieres, classic films, and revivals at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and the SIFF Film Center 365 days each year.
As one of the largest and best-attended film festivals in the U.S., the Seattle International Film Festival reaches more than 150,000 moviegoers each year. The 25-day festival presents more than 250 features and 150 short films from more than 70 countries during its run, giving people a perfect excuse to try out an all-popcorn diet.