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SFF 2018: Catch Binoche and more on the weekend


Above: Juliet Binoche stars in Claire Denis' "Let the Sunshine In."

As my "Movies 101" partner Nathan Weinbender knows, the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival is under way. Nathan, who is movies and music editor at The Inlander, is spending this week seeing as many SIFF films as he can.

And you can join him, figuratively speaking. Tickets to most SIFF screenings are available one way or another, either buy purchasing them in advance or by simply showing up at the respective venue and waiting in line — that latter resort something that I've been known to do more than once.

Because sometimes in the past, SIFF tended to show movies that never made it to Spokane. That's not such a big deal in these days of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu. Still, there's nothing quite like sitting in, say, The Egyptian theater and watching a film with 500 other movie fans, as I have done more times than I can remember.

And which Nathan is doing right now. Here are his recommendations for Friday and Saturday:

Friday: The new Hirokazu Koreeda film "The Third Murder"; his other new film just won the Palme d'Or and he's one of my faves. "Summer 1993," which I know you like (and which played at the recent Spokane International Film Festival). "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," which won the Jury Prize at Sundance (plays Saturday, too).

Saturday: Claire Denis' "Let the Sunshine In" (Juliet Binoche!), the Mr. Rogers doc "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" (though that's basically sold out). "Summer 1993" plays again.

If you want to know what else SIFF will be screening over the weekend, just consult the festival guide. As for ticket info, check with the SIFF box office.

The festival will run through June 10.

Below: The trailer for the Spanish-made "Summer 1993."

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