19th annual spokane international film festival  |  Jan 27 - Feb 5, 2017

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, Jan 27, 2017

The Basket – Opening Gala SpIFF 2017!

Friday, Jan 27, 2017 @ 7:30PM

A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice woven against a background of beauty, The Basket ultimately points to triumph and hope in a changing America. The arrival of a new schoolteacher Martin Conlon (Peter Coyote) sets the town in motion as he introduces a new game called basketball.

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017

Mixed Match

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 12:00PM

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who must reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a nearly impossible search to find bone marrow donors.

US and Canadian Shorts – 2017

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 12:30PM

A wide variety of short films from across the U.S. and Canada.

Portrait of a Garden

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 3:00PM

In an historical vegetable garden on a Dutch estate, the 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees in the historical orangery, the orchard and lush grapevines, they show the passion, dedication and knowledge that make up the essential ingredients of successfully maintaining a large and vibrant garden.

Animation Showcase – 2017

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 3:00PM

A selection of the world’s finest animation.

Strangers on the Earth

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 6:30PM

​Perhaps Europe’s most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. Strangers on the Earth examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the concept of ‘journey’ and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience​.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 7:00PM

In Death by a Thousand Cuts, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is found brutally murdered, a murder that becomes a flashpoint in the increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.

Creepy

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 @ 9:00PM

A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door.

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

Médecin de Campagne (Irreplaceable)

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 @ 12:00PM

Irreplacable (The Country Doctor) stars Francois Cluzet (Intouchables) as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who has come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, can the pair bond and learn from one another?

Mixed Match

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 @ 12:30PM

Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who must reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a nearly impossible search to find bone marrow donors.

The Women’s Balcony (Ismach Hatani)

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 @ 3:00PM

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

World Shorts – 2017

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 @ 3:00PM

A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles.

Strangers on the Earth

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 @ 6:00PM

Perhaps Europe’s most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. Strangers on the Earth examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the concept of ‘journey’ and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience​.

Our Love Story (Yeon-ae-dam)

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Yoon-ju is a graduate student of fine arts and is working on her graduation exhibition. One day, while she is searching materials for her project, she runs into Ji-soo at a junk shop. Watching Ji-soo in an odd place, Yoon-ju finds herself drawn to her.

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

Kedi

Monday, Jan 30, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Kedi is about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can.

US and Canadian Shorts – 2017

Monday, Jan 30, 2017 @ 6:45PM

A wide variety of short films from across the U.S. and Canada.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017

Lost in Paris

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 @ 6:30PM

When Fiona’s orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award®-nominee Emmanuelle Riva) who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. Lost in Paris is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.

District Zero

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 @ 6:45PM

Maamun opens the door to his shop, like he does every other morning, repairing mobile phones. Their memory cards contain their past in Syria: happiness, routine, family life. And then the war came, bringing destruction, fear and flight. Maamun recovers lost photos and sounds, recharges batteries, and restores the only link his neighbours still have with Syria.

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Nise – The Heart of Madness

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Dr. Nise da Silveira arrives in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock and lobotomy in the treatment of mental illness. Ridiculed by her colleagues, Nise takes the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she would start a revolution through paints, dogs and love.

Portrait of a Garden

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 @ 6:45PM

In an historical vegetable garden on a Dutch estate, the 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers. Surrounded by vegetable patches, citrus trees in the historical orangery, the orchard and lush grapevines, they show the passion, dedication and knowledge that make up the essential ingredients of successfully maintaining a large and vibrant garden.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

Dolores

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Georg Letterer is an introvert modeler, who builds detail-obsessed prototypes. He receives an order from a famous Hollywood Actress Dolores Moor to make a model of her extravagant Villa. This is the opportunity for Georg to escape.

Animation Showcase – 2017

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 @ 6:45PM

A selection of the world’s finest animation.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017

2017 Best of the Northwest

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 @ 5:30PM

A program of unique and award-winning short films, all harvested from right here in the great northwest.

Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 @ 7:30PM

Two comedians. One apocalypse. When all power and communication systems mysteriously shut off, down on their luck comedians Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine pack up their things and hit the road in search of a safe haven to wait out the possible extinction event. Accompanied by their trusty dog Watson and their miserable cat Mrs. Peel, the duo must struggle against the mundane realities of the collapse of civilization while retaining their decency and rationality as the rest of humanity starts getting really, really weird.

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017

Au Nom de ma Fille (In Her Name)

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 11:30AM

Inspired by a true story. July 10, 1982: Kalinka Bamberski, fourteen years old, is found dead in her mother’s new house in Germany. André Bamberski, Kalinka’s father, sets out for justice – even if it means spending his whole life in order for justice to be done.

World Shorts – 2017

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 12:00PM

A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles.

After the Storm

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 2:00PM

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on struggles to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

Animation Showcase – 2017

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 2:30PM

A selection of the world’s finest animation.

Emerging Filmmaker Program & Panel – 2017

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 4:15PM

Whether there’re young, students, or just new to film scene, the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase presented by Terrain and SpIFF features several short films by artists just beginning their filmmaking careers.

District Zero

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 4:30PM

Maamun opens the door to his shop, like he does every other morning, repairing mobile phones. Their memory cards contain their past in Syria: happiness, routine, family life. And then the war came, bringing destruction, fear and flight. Maamun recovers lost photos and sounds, recharges batteries, and restores the only link his neighbours still have with Syria.

Phantom of the Opera with The Spokane Symphony!

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 @ 7:30PM

Don’t miss this season’s Symphonic Film at The Fox, the 1925 classic Phantom of the Opera. Watch the great Lon Chaney, Sr. in one of his most memorable roles while the Spokane Symphony performs the soundtrack LIVE with pianist Rick Friend. Please note that the SpIFF Festival Pass does not include admission to Phantom of the Opera.

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017

Conduct! Every Move Counts

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 @ 11:30AM

Every two years 24 young conductors travel to the Frankfurt Opera House to compete against each other in the world’s leading Sir Georg Solti conducting competition. The documentary Conduct! Every Move Counts accompanies five of them through evaluation rounds up to the final, which two of them reach.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 @ 12:00PM

In Death by a Thousand Cuts, a Dominican Park Ranger in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is found brutally murdered, a murder that becomes a flashpoint in the increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.

Animation Showcase – 2017

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 @ 2:00PM

A selection of the world’s finest animation.

Strangers on the Earth

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017 @ 2:00PM

Perhaps Europe’s most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. Strangers on the Earth examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the concept of ‘journey’ and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience​.