Seattle International Film Festival presents...

Kirkland Opening Night: Non-Fiction

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:00PM
  • Adult: $15.00
  • Senior: $14.00
  • VIP: $25.00

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Kirkland Opening Night

To kick off Kirkland screenings, we start with a reception preceding the film on Thursday, May 30!

Film: Non-Fiction
Party: 21+

Film + Party:
Includes admission to the film, entry to the pre-film reception, and two drink tickets.

  • Non-Members: $25
  • Members: $23

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” This line from “The Leopard” by Giuseppe di Lampedusa (it’s also in Visconti’s masterpiece) is the subject of debate by the characters in Non-Fiction, but it’s also at the heart of the film itself. The film is set in the Parisian publishing world, and the change referred to is largely technological—namely, the impact of the digital age on literature as an art. On the side of change is Alain (Guillaume Canet), a renowned editor cautiously trying to lead his publishing house into the 21st century. Firmly on the side of staying the same is Leonard (Vincent Macaigne), a technophobe writer whose latest novel Alain is about to reject. Change is not only affecting these characters’ professional lives, but their personal lives as well. Leading the “digital transition” at the publishing house is Laure, the ambitious new hire with whom Alain is having an affair. Meanwhile, Alain’s wife Selena (a marvelous Juliette Binoche) has been involved with Leonard for years. All of which makes for a deliciously smart and sexy comedy, one that manages to engage with both the particular issues of our time as well as the enduring ambivalence about change that seems to be an inescapable part of the human condition.

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