The longest festival in the US, the Seattle International Film Festival boasts a record 24 world premieres for its 38th edition running May 17 – June 10, unspooling a total of 273 features and 187 shorts representing 75 countries. Among the films, 180 are currently without distribution.
For the first time, the fest will be able to use multiple screens in a single location with the acquisition of Seattle's historic Uptown Cinemas. Of this year's selection, fest artistic director Carl Spence says: "There are films for every kind of movie lover whether you are a cinephile or multiplex guru, running the gamut from food, politics, comedy, action, thriller, classic, auteur cinema and everything in-between.”
The lineup, listed below, includes a mix of familiar titles from the fest circuit including opener Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" (with Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass), Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" (Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis), Pixar's "Brave," Jake Schreier's "Robot and Frank" (Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, and Peter Sarsgaard), Michael Winterbotton's "Trishna" (Freida Pinto), Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts" (Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, and Zac Efron), Colin Trevorrow's "Safety Not Guaranteed" (Duplass, Aubrey Plaza), Sarah Polley's "Take this Waltz" (Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Sarah Silverman), Fernando Meirelles' "360" (Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Foster) and Declan Donnellan's "Bel Ami" (Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci).
The complete schedule will be available here on May 3.
Your Sister's SIster (dir. Lynn Shelton, USA, Sundance Selects) – opening night
Grassroots (dir. Stepen Gyllenhaal, USA, MRB Productions) – closing night
The Chef (dir. Daniel Cohen, France, Cohen Media Group) – centerpiece gala
Fat Kid Rules the World (dir. Matthew Lillard, USA, Whitewater Films)
Robot and Frank (dir. Jake Schreier, USA, Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Lola Versus (dir. Daryl Wein, USA, Fox Searchlight Pictures)
As Luck Would Have It (dir. Alex de la Iglesia, Spain, 6 Sales)
Starbuck (dir. Ken Scott, Canada, Québec, eOne Films US)
Gayby (dir. Jonathan Lisecki, USA, Wolfe Releasing)
The Details (dir. Jacob Aaron Estes, USA, The Weinstein Company)
This year’s Special Presentations spotlight some of the most original and interesting features in our line-up.
Brave (dir. Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, USA, Disney • Pixar)
Diaz – Don’t Clean Up This Blood (dir. Daniele Vicari, Italy, Fandango Portobello)
The Last Reef 3D (dirs. Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas, United Kingdom, Giant Screen Films)
People Like Us (dir. Alex Kurtzman, USA, Dreamworks SKG)
Trishna (dir. Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom, Sundance Selects)
419, dir. Ned Thorne – USA
American Addict, dir. Sasha Knezev – USA
The Beautiful Game, dir. Victor Buhler – USA
Camilla Dickinson, dir. Cornelia Duryée Moore – USA
City World, dir. Brent Chesanek – USA
Duck Beach to Eternity, dirs. Stephen Frandsen, Hadleigh Arnst, Laura Naylo – USA
Earthbound, dir. Alan Brennan – Ireland
Easton's Article, dir. Tim Connery – USA
The Empty Home, dir. Nurbek Egen – Kyrgyzstan/Russia
Free Throw, dir. Court Crandall – USA
Fugly!, dir. Alfredo de Villa – USA
Grassroots, dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal – USA
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, dir. Matthew Mishory – USA
The Long Ride Home, dir. Tom Wright – USA
The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On, dir. Drew Denny – USA
Recalled, dir. Michael Connors – USA
The Revolutionary, dirs. Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers, Irv Drasnin – USA
The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, dir. Jeff Kaufman-USA
Short Life, dir. Scott Levy – USA
Sin Bin, dir. Billy Federighi – USA
The Standbys, dir. Stephanie Riggs – USA
True Wolf, dir. Rob Whitehair – USA
Welcome To Doe Bay, dirs. Nesib Shamah, Dan Thornton – USA
White Camellias, dir. Russell Brown – USA
North American (25):
4 Days in May, dir. Achim von Borries – Germany
6 Points About Emma, dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo – Spain
170 Hz, dir. Joost van Ginkel – Netherlands
The Blindfold, dir. Garin Nugroho – Indonesia
Chapiteau-Show, dir. Sergey Loban – Russia
A Checkout Girl’s Big Adventures, dir. Pierre Rambaldi – France
The Chef, dir. Daniel Cohen – France
Coming Home, dir. Frédéric Videau – France
The Convoy, dir. Alexey Mizgirev – Russia
Diaz – Don’t Clean Up This Blood, dir. Daniele Vicari – Italy
Dragon Pearl, dir. Mario Andreacchio – Australia
The First on the List, dir. Roan Johnson – Italy
The Fourth State, dir. Dennis Gansel – Germany
Fuck My Wedding, dir. Nicolás López – Chile
The Glass Man, dir. Cristian Solimeno – United Kingdom
Joan and the Voices, dir. Mikayel Vatinyan – Armenia
Kill Me, dir. Emily Atef – Germany
Là-bas: A Criminal Education, dir. Guido Lombardi – Italy
The Last Man on Earth, dir. Gian Alfonso Pacinotti – Italy
Nosilatiaj.Beauty, dir. Daniela Seggiaro – Argentina
Otelo Burning, dir. Sara Blecher – South Africa
Prime Time Soap, dir. Odilon Rocha – Brazil
Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings, dir. Jade Castro – Philippines
Sharqiya, dir. Ami Livne – Israel
Silence: All Roads Lead to Music, dir. Haider Rashid – Italy
360, dir. Fernando Meirelles – United Kingdom
Coteau Rouge, dir. André Forcier – Canada (Québec)
Countdown, dir. Huh Jong-ho – South Korea
The Crown Jewels, dir. Ella Lemhagen – Sweden
Everything and Everyone, dir. Tracy D. Smith – Canada
Hail, dir. Amiel Courtin-Wilson – Australia
The Last Friday, dir. Yahya Alabdallah – Jordan
Legends of Valhalla: Thor, dirs. Gunnar Karlsson, Toby Genkel, Oskar Jonasson – Iceland
Lipstikka, dir. Jonathan Sagall – Israel
Lost in Paradise, dir. Ngoc Dang Vu – Vietnam
Lost Years, dir Kenda Gee, Tom Radford – Canada
The Mirror Never Lies, dir. Kamila Andini – Indonesia
Salt White, dir. Keti Machavariani – Georgia
Starry Starry Night, dir. Tom Shu-Yu Lin – Taiwan
Tey, dir. Alain Gomis – Senegal
Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods, dir. Christian Ditter – Germany
In addition to the above listed feature premieres, this year’s Festival will also include 56 short film premieres.
New Directors Competition
Festival programmers select 12 films remarkable for their original concept, striking style and overall excellence. To be eligible films must be a director’s first or second feature and without U.S. distribution at the time of their selection. Winners receive a $2,500 cash prize.
2012 Entrees: 6 Points About Emma (dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo, Spain); 170 Hz (dir. Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands); Chapiteau-Show (dir. Sergey Loban, Russia); The Empty Home (dir. Nurbek Egen, Kyrgyzstan); The Invader (dir. Nicolas Provost, Belgium); L (dir. Babis Makridis, Greece); Là-bas: A Criminal Education (dir. Guido Lombardi, Italy); The Last Friday (dir. Yahya Alabdallah, Jordan); Lipstikka (dir. Jonathan Sagall, Israel); Mirage (dir. Jung-ho Yang, South Korea); Nosilatiaj.Beauty (dir. Daniela Seggiaro, Argentina); Otelo Burning (dir. Sara Blecher, South Africa)
New American Cinema Competition
Festival programmers select 12 films without U.S. distribution that are sure to delight audiences looking to explore the exciting vanguard of New American Cinema and compete for the FIPRESCI Award for Best New American Film. The jury is comprised of three members from the International Federation of Film Critics. In addition, six of this year’s entries will also participate in SIFF’s Catalyst program, celebrating independent production.
2012 Entrees: 419^ (Ned Thorne); Easton's Article^ (Tim Connery); Eden (Megan Griffiths); Fugly! (Alfredo de Villa); Future Weather^ (Jenny Deller); I Am Not a Hipster^ (Destin Cretton); Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (Matthew Mishory); The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On (Drew Denny); Recalled^ (Michael Connors); Sin Bin (Billy Federighi); Welcome To Pine Hill^ (Keith Miller); White Camellias (Russell Brown)
^2012 Catalyst participant
Unscripted and uncut, the world is a resource of unexpected, informative, and altogether exciting storytelling. Documentary filmmakers have, for years, brought these untold stories to life and introduced us to a vast number of fascinating topics we may have never known existed—let alone known were so fascinating. Documentary Competition winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize.
2012 Entrees: American Addict (dir. Sasha Knezev, USA); The Beautiful Game (dir. Victor Buhler, USA); Duck Beach to Eternity (dirs. Stephen Frandsen, Hadleigh Arnst, Laura Naylor, USA); Five Star Existence (dir. Sonja Lindén, Finland); Free Throw (dir. Court Crandall, USA); Italy Love it or Leave It (dirs. Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi, Italy); The Mexican Suitcase (dir. Trisha Ziff, Mexico); Rouge Parole (dir. Elyes Baccar, Tunisia); The Source (dirs. Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos, USA); The Standbys (dir. Stephanie Riggs, USA); We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (dir. Brian Knappenberger, USA); Winter Nomads (dir. Manuel von Stürler, Switzerland)
SIFF Shorts Competition
All short films shown at the Festival are eligible for both the Golden Space Needle Audience Award and Jury Award. Shorts Competition jurors will choose winners in the Narrative, Animation, and Documentary categories. Each jury winner will receive $1,000 and the Narrative and Animation winners may also qualify to enter their respective films in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.
New this year, SIFF Catalyst is a selection of six U.S. feature films celebrating the next wave of independent filmmaking, thriving thanks to the collaborative support of their peers and the financial support of hundreds of fans. In this new creative dynamic, the filmmaker exists as the catalyst of the creative process.
FUTUREWAVE & FILMS4FAMILIES
The FutureWave program invites teens to the cinema for nine great feature films that will excite and challenge youth, engaging them in the joy of discovery at the Festival. This year’s selections feature vampires, surfing, graffiti artists, young love, and so much more.
2012 Entrees: Fat Kid Rules The World (USA); The First Time (USA); Gimme The Loot (USA); My Sucky Teen Romance (USA); Otelo Burning (South Africa); Sin Bin (USA); Starry Starry Night (Hong Kong); We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (USA)
Films4Families is a celebration of the whole family coming together to share the movie-going experience. The 2012 lineup features some of the best children’s features and shorts from around the world, in both live action and animation. Seattle families will be among the first audiences to enjoy a select few of these creative treasures.
2012 Entrees: Brave (USA); Dragon Pearl (Australia); The Familiy Picture Show; The Great Bear (Denmark); Legends of Valhalla: Thor (Iceland); The Painting (France); War of the Buttons (France); Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods (Germany/Malta)
Golden Space Needle Awards Given in five categories (Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Short Film) as voted by festival audiences. Awards are presented on Sunday, June 10, at the Space Needle.
WaveMaker Award for Excellence in Youth Filmmaking Sponsored in part by Adobe Youth Voices and presented to one filmmaker, 18 years old or younger, from the FutureWave program, whose talents celebrate the creative possibilities of film. All FutureWave films shown at the Festival are eligible for the Youth Filmmaking award. In addition to the award, TheFilmSchool will provide the winner with a scholarship to their Prodigy Camp, a week-long immersive overnight film camp for youth ages 12-18, held in late July.
Introduced in 2011, SIFF Pathways help moviegoers find the film and experience that suites their moods. Instead of using traditional categories, SIFF Pathways easily connect the audience with films by organizing them into areas that help answer the question, “What sort of film do I feel like seeing tonight?” Pathways include: Love Me, Do!, Make Me Laugh, Creative Streak, I Didn’t Know That!, Sci-Fi and Beyond, Show Me The World, Give Me Drama!, To the Extreme, Thrill Me!, and Face the Music.