With a star-studded cast and a tale of arrested development, Laggies might just be Lynn Shelton's mainstream breakthrough. A local audience will get a chance to see it early when Laggies opens SIFF's annual Women in Cinema mini-festival on September 18 at the Egyptian Theatre. The director's latest Seattle-set feature follows Megan (Keira Knightley), a woman in her late 20s who—after running out on a wedding proposal—lays low and becomes close friends with a high schooler named Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz). As Megan attempts to piece together her life, she becomes romantically involved Annika’s father (Sam Rockwell). Shelton and her local crew will be in attendance at the Women in Cinema screening to give Laggies a proper Seattle welcoming before its official theatrical release on October 24. The screening will be followed by an afterparty at nearby Capitol Cider.
Women in Cinema runs September 18–21 and showcases top female filmmakers from around the globe. Highlights of the festivities include the latest feature from Winter's Bone director Debra Granik (Stray Dog), the shorts collection Femme Future (featuring works by the girls of the 2014 National Film Festival for Talented Youth), and international films from Denmark (Someone You Love), Norway (I Am Yours), Argentina (Lock Charmer), Germany (Inbetween Worlds), and the Philippines (Transit).
Tickets to the Women in Cinema's Opening Night screening of Laggies are on sale now at siff.net. Tickets for the film and afterparty are $25, while passes to the movie alone run $12. Women in Cinema festival passes (which include the screening and party) are also on sale for $60.
Women in Cinema Opening Night: Laggies
Sept 18 at 7, Egyptian Theatre, $12–$25; Festival pass $60