The Scottsdale International Film Festival, (SIFFa yearly 10-day event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe, is returning for its 19th year, kicking off opening night on Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

Enhanced and expanded from previous years, SIFF will open with Noah Baumbach’s film “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Listed as one of this season’s most anticipated motion pictures, the divorce drama has already captured the attention of worldwide film connoisseurs at events such as the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. 

“Scottsdale is now being recognized as a cultural film hub and having the opportunity to locally premiere buzzworthy films such as “Marriage Story” is a testament to how far we have come in the industry,” said SIFF Executive Director, Amy Ettinger. “SIFF is excited to showcase some of this year’s finest films and cultivate a broader audience.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to enjoy a catered dessert reception featuring live entertainment from the Scottsdale Philharmonic. The screening of “Marriage Story” will begin at 8 p.m. 

Tickets for opening night may be purchased online starting Tuesday, October 1 at for $25, or at the door on the day of the event for $28. 

The complete 2019 SIFF schedule will be announced on October 1. With a curated selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more, audience members will be sure to find their niche. SIFF encourages all attendees to bring their critical thinking skills and appreciation for the arts and get ready to immerse themselves into the world of cinema. 

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