March 26, 2023
unnamedIssaquah, Wash. (Feb. 25, 2016) — The third annual free Issaquah International Film Festival will be held March 5 – 6 in Cinebarre Issaquah, Wash.
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and the City of Issaquah present a special weekend program featuring some of the world’s best films –a unique combination of family favorites, recent arthouse successes, and new films — presented at Cinebarre Issaquah.
Admission is FREE. Reservations are limited to two tickets per person. Patrons are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to screening times. Seating is first come, first served – and not guaranteed
Featured Films:
• Mar 5 | 1:00pm – Even Though the Whole World is Burning – The life and work of Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer winner, and environmental activist W.S. Merwin. Merwin has dedicated over three decades to preserving native species and palms at the Merwin Conservancy on the North Shore of Maui.
• Mar 5 | 4:00pm – Johnnie Ho’s Office – Master Hong Kong director Johnnie To (Drug War) and star Chow Yun-Fat take on the world of high-level corporate intrigue – in the form of an eye-popping musical. Adapted from co-star Sylvia Chang’s hit stage play “Design for Living”, Office cleverly combines stylized musical numbers and stunning abstract sets (designed by Wong Kar-wai’s production designer William Chang) to create a timely critique of corporate capitalism.
• Mar 5 | 7:00pm – The Wave – This thrilling disaster film – whose impressive scope on a small budget led director Roar Uthaug to a gig directing Hollywood’s new Tomb Raider film – follows geologist Kristian Eikfjord, who discovers changes in the cliffs along the fjords near the resort town of Geiranger which could lead to a destructive tsunami. With less than 10 minutes to react, Kristian must save as many townspeople as possible – including his own family.
• Mar 6 | 1:00pm – Only Yesterday – This previously unreleased gem from Studio Ghibli, a touching story of remembrance and growing up from animator Isao Takahata, comes to US screens for the first time in a new English language version featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire). Recommended for ages 9+
• Mar 6 | 4:00pm – Best of SIFF Shorts – Award winning and audience favorite short films from the Seattle International Film Festival, including Oscar winning and nominated short films.
• Mar 6 | 7:00pm – Good Ol’ Boy – Growing up a 10-year-old boy in ’70s suburban America, all Smith wants to do is watch “Happy Days”, play with his Star Wars figurines, and hang out with the girl-next-door. But things aren’t so easy when his father insists on pushing his Indian heritage on him every second of every day.
Issaquah, named Best ‘Burb by Sunset, one of the Best Towns for Families by Family Circle and one of the Best Towns by Outside, is a great place for residents and visitors alike. Our community of more than 33,000 is  conveniently located off the Interstate 90 corridor, just 16 miles east of Seattle.
Issaquah – nicknamed Trailhead City – is centered within the Issaquah Alps (Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains). It’s a destination for countless outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and paragliders. In town, Issaquah features a Saturday farmers market, a nationally-recognized theater and a seasonal ArtWalk. In addition, the historic salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors.
Every October, more than 150,000 people also visit Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days.

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