Move movie night to the Sioux City film fest

The Oscar-nominated documentary “Haulout,” directed by Russian siblings Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev, will be screened during the Sioux City International Film Festival. Photo: SCIFF

It can be hard to choose what to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Max and all the other streaming platforms. Lucky for you, the discerning judges of the Sioux City International Film Festival have done that work for you. They sorted through more than 120 films from all over the world and made their final picks for the annual festival Oct. 5-8 at the Promenade Cinema in the heart of Sioux City’s Fourth Street Historic District.

The films will be screened in two-hour genre blocks — documentaries, comedies, thrillers, etc. — and the stories will run the gamut.

“We feel honored to showcase films nominated for Oscars, created by high-profile directors and featuring well-known actors,” board president Leslie Werden said in a press release.

The Oscar nom in question is “Haulout,” which offers a look at the startling impact that climate change has on walruses in the Arctic. This thought-provoking film was directed by Russian siblings Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev and nominated earlier this year for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

Now in its 18th year, the Sioux City festival is the longest running festival in the state. Visit the festival’s website for all the details or check out more Iowa film festivals coming to a theater near you.

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