Meet the Programmer: Hebe Tabachnik

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Meet our talented team of programmers – the people who work and watch movies all year long to curate the best films possible for the Seattle International Film Festival, celebrating its 49th year from May 11 to 21, 2023. Full program info

What are your 10 favorite films ever?
Hiroshima Mon Amour by Alain Resnais
Carmen by Carlos Saura
The Best Intentions by Bille August
Ratatouille by Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Matador by Pedro Almodovar
Dreams by Akira Kurosawa
Ran by Akira Kurosawa 
Le Bal by Ettore Scola
Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman
Come and See by Elem Klimov
What is one of your favorite festival moments?
There are three outstanding moments related to the fortune of participating in interviews, for very different reasons, to Ray Bradbury, Norman Lloyd and Howard Keel. I grew up reading or watching their stories, on the big screen or TV and I never imagined that one day I would be sitting in their homes, star struck by all the photos and awards displayed on their walls while listening to their unheard stories with other bigger than life artists like Charles Chaplin or Alfred Hitchcock. Experiencing their relentless lust for life was both an exceptional treat and an unforgettable and long lasting lesson on how to stay relevant, engaged and fulfilled at any age and against all odds.

What is your guilty pleasure film?
Legally Blonde 1 and 2

What's one thing we should know about you that is NOT film related?
I hold a degree in chemistry (I always love science) though I never used it and I have a dance background. Way before film was the center of my life, I became a dancer and choreographer.

What do you consider your hometown?
Buenos Aires, Argentina