Tacoma Sister Cities International Film Festival

Rescheduling of the 2020 TSC International Film Festival

For 18 years the Tacoma Sister City International Film Festival committee has been passionate about providing a memorable and enriching opportunity to celebrate international friendship through “film, food and fun”. It is in this same spirit of friendship, and concern for our global and local communities, that we have decided to postpone this year’s International Film Festival.
The new dates will be in 2021 and will be announced during the last quarter of 2020. We wish to offer our most sincere thanks to the Blue Mouse Theater for their support and partnership in making this change. We wish to offer our most sincere thanks to the Blue Mouse Theater for their support and partnership in making this change.
We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of public health officials as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Details are being settled for providing refunds or transfer of tickets to our new dates. Please keep an eye on your email inbox for announcements. If you have any questions, please contact us at: FilmFestival@tacomasistercities.org
For the most up to date information about COVID-19 please visit the following sites:
We wish you all good health and good spirits.
Mira Utz, Film Festival Chair & Clare Petrich, TSC Council Chair


Tacoma Sister Cities has its own Film Festival!

The Tacoma Sister Cities International Film Festival is an annual event that allows to share cultural aspects of each sister city with its community members.

In partnership with the Blue Mouse Theatre, the film festival brings you films from the countries of the Sister Cities of Tacoma to help you better connect and understand each country culture through an interactive experience.

The 2020 International Film Festival will run for 5 days and will present 9 films!

From Friday March 27th to Tuesday March 31st , 2020 at the Blue Mouse Theatre in Proctor.

Cultural programs before/after the screening of films, and a gala evening on Saturday April 18 at the Tin Can Alley!


Navigate the tabs to see each day program !

Follow movie links to see pictures and trailer for each movie !

Cyrano, My Love!  | Biot, France 6pm

December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years.

In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. Only concern: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims of actresses, the demands of his Corsican producers, the jealousy of his wife, the stories of his best friend’s heart and the lack of enthusiasm of all those around him,

Edmond starts writing this piece which nobody believes. For now, he has only the title: “Cyrano de Bergerac”.


The Great Buddha+  | Taichung, Taiwan @ 11:00 am

Pickle is a night security guard at a bronze statue factory. His colleague, Belly Bottom, works as a recycling collector during the day, and Pickle’s biggest pleasure in life is flicking through the porn magazines Belly Bottom collects in the small hours in the security room.

Having late night snacks and watching television are an integral part of their dull lives.

One day when the television is broken, their lives are changed forever. The story involves gods, the middle-aged men’s sexual desire and the conversation between ghosts and humans.


Mirai | Kitakyushu, Japan @ 1:00 pm

The movie follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical.

A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy’s home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man.

These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.


Sergio & Sergei   | Cienfuegos, Cuba @ 4:00 pm

In 1991, the USSR is falling apart and Cuba enters its hardest economic crisis. Sergio, a professor of Marxism who can’t provide for his family, and Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in the Mir space station, share a common passion: amateur radio.

Through this hobby, both men will be able to help each other in facing the dramatic changes of their countries.



El Norte | Boca Del Rio, Mexico @ 7:00 pm

Peasants, tired of being nothing more than manual laborers, are discovered by the Guatemalan army.

After the army destroys their village, a brother and sister, decide they must flee el Norte.

After receiving help from friends and advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way to Los Angeles.


Life is a Trumpet | Stari Grad, Croatia @ 3:00 pm

Life Is a Trumpet has a loose jazz musician as the groom, a butcher as his father, and two families of different backgrounds whose members are not as different as one might expect.







To Rome with Love | Porto Sant’Elpidio, Italy @ 6:00 pm

In Rome, the America tourist Hayley meets the local lawyer Michelangelo on the street and soon they fall in love with each other. Hayley’s parents, the psychiatrist Phyllis and the retired music producer Jerry, travel to Rome to meet Michelangelo and his parents. When Jerry listens to Michelangelo’s father Giancarlo singing opera in the shower, he is convinced that he is a talented opera singer. But there is a problem: Giancarlo can only sing in the shower.


Sweat Rain | El Jadida, Morocco @ 6:00 pm

Mbarek is a farmer who ekes out a living on a small plot of land in a rural Moroccan village. He lives there with his pregnant wife Ayda, his sick father and his teen-aged son Ayoub who has Down’s Syndrome. This small piece of land is the family’s sole source of income, and the family is devastated when the village is hit by a severe drought. Mbarek begins to dig a well in the desperate hope of finding a new source of water, when an official letter arrives threatening the confiscation of his land.


The Tongue Cutters  | Aalesund, Norway @ 6:00 pm

In the northern part of Norway Tobias and many other children work as cod tongue cutters. The tongues are considered a delicacy, and they are exported around the world to countries like China and Japan. But in Northern Norway they are simply everyday food when in season. The children start from the age of 6, and can earn a lot of money during a winter season. This job has always been reserved for the children, as long as the fishing industry has existed. They even have their own cod tongue cutting championship every February. This winter city girl Ylva (9) from Oslo will spend her winter vacation up in the North. Normally she lives far away from cod heads, sharp knives, fish blood and intestines, but this winter …


Ways you can support our 2020 International Film Festival

There are several ways you can help making our Film Festival a success and you can reap some substantial benefits in the process !

The Sister Cities International Film Festival is the perfect opportunity to show your support to the various cultural communities of Tacoma.

Last year, our audience grew by 20% and engagement on our website and social media channels tripled, showing that the public is eager to support our Film Festival.

Your support is going to make this 18th edition of the Tacoma Sister Cities International Film Festival bigger and better than ever!

You will help fund:

• Venue rental

• Promotional materials and promotion for the festival

• Film fees

• Cultural demonstrations during the Film Festival

• Organization costs

By supporting our International Film Festival, you:

• Align your business/brand with the values of an organization creating a more peaceful world through people-to-people exchanges and initiatives.

• Support face-to-face meetings and personal relationships across borders which not only changes the lives of individuals, but helps communities all over the world to thrive.

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