May 29: Day 16 of the Seattle International Film Festival features a new take on a classic literary figure, a familiar face in movies telling his personal stories and a refreshing take on a rom-com plot. Today’s festival highlights include:
“Mr. Holmes” — Acclaimed actor Ian McKellen (“The Lord of the Rings,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) stars as a very elderly Sherlock Holmes. Decades after his retirement, the legendary detective struggles to remember the details of his final case — the one that prompted him to live a life in exile in the Sussex countryside. (watch the trailer)
Actor Hiroyuki Sanada is scheduled to attend the 7 p.m. PT screening at the SIFF Uptown – this event is sold out, with limited tickets available via standby. A follow-up screening is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on May 31.
“The Primary Instinct” — You might not know the name Stephen Tobolowsky, but even casual movie fans know the face. Ned Ryerson in “Groundhog Day.” Sammy Jankis in “Memento.” Tobolowsky has starred in more than 200 films and TV shows in a career that has spanned the decades. This documentary is an adaptation of the popular podcast “The Tobolowsky Files,” where he writes and reads long-form stories from his life, loves and career in Hollywood.
Director David Chen and subject Stephen Tobolowsky are scheduled to attend this film’s world premiere at 9:45 p.m. PT screening at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian. A follow-up screening is scheduled for 12 p.m. on May 30.
“I Kissed a Girl” — This French comedy follows an apparently happily engaged man who has a one-night stand with a woman that shakes his certainty in his impending wedding. The spin here: the man is engaged to his long-term boyfriend — and his one-night-stand turns his life upside down. (watch the trailer)
This screening is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. PT screening at the Lincoln Square. Follow-up screenings are scheduled for June 6 and June 7.
For a complete list of all films screening at SIFF on May 29, click here. For a YouTube playlist of movie trailers from films screening at SIFF 2015, click here.