Seattle Announces Lineup, 38 World, U.S. Premieres
by Mark Rabinowitz
William Nicholson’s “Firelight,” which stars Sophie Marceau
(“Braveheart“) and Stephen Dillane (“Welcome To Sarajevo“) has been
chosen as the opening night film for the 24th Seattle International Film
Festival (SIFF) which is set to run from May 21 – June 14. Highlights
include a mini-fest, Siganme A Espana (Follow Me to Spain), spotlighting
new films and directors from Spain. The festival has programmed 16 world
premieres, and 22 U.S. premieres, including new films from Whit Stilman
(U.S. premiere – “The Last Days Of Disco“), John Shea (world premiere –
“Southie“) and Adam Rifkin (world premiere – “Denial“) and the U.S.
Premiere of Sandra Goldbacher’s “The Governess,” starring Minnie Driver.
In a prepared statement, Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said, “I’ll
admit to being more than a little perplexed at the statement from Cannes
last week that there was a dearth of good American independent pictures
to program. I personally feel that there is a striking upsurge in the
quality of AmerIndy pictures this year, with better writing and more
sophisticated filmmaking techniques in evidence than in any previous
year.” All in all, the full festival lineup contains 170 features and 70
shorts from over 35 countries.
The complete list of films follows:
“Above Freezing” (USA), directed by Frank Todaro.
“Around the Fire” (USA), directed by John Jacobsen. Starring Devon Sawa,
“Carried Away” (USA), directed by Paul Kostick. Starring Christian Ryser,
Susan Tate, Matt Riedy.
“Dancemaker” (USA), produced and directed by Matthew Diamond.
“Dark Harbor” (USA), directed by Adam Coleman Howard. Starring Alan
Rickman, Polly Walker, and Norman Reedus.
“Delivered” (USA), directed by Guy Ferland. Starring Jillian Armenante,
“Denial” (USA), directed by Adam Rifkin. Starring Jason Alexander, Patrick
Dempsey, and Jonathan Silverman.
“Floating” (USA), directed by William Roth. Starring Norman Reedus, Chad
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” (Japan), directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with the
voices of Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Matthew Lawrence, Debbie Reynolds
and Janeane Garofalo.
“Lost and Found” (USA), directed by Ron Burrus. Starring Michael Landes,
“Melting Pot” (USA), directed by Tom Musca. Starring Paul Rodriguez,
C.C.H. Pounder, and Cliff Robertson.
“Possums” (USA), directed by J. Max Burnett. Starring Mac Davis.
“Southie” (USA), directed by John Shea, starring Donny Wahlberg.
“Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” (USA), directed by Thomas Michael
Donnelly. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Skeet Ulrich, Georgina Cates.
“Unknown Cyclist” (USA), directed by Bernard Salzman. Starring Lea
Thompson, and Vincent Spano.
“When Trumpets Fade” (USA), directed by John Irvin. Starring Ron Eldard,
Frank Whaley, Martin Donovan, Dwight Yoakam.
“The Campus” (Germany), directed by Sonke Wortmann.
“Caresses” (Spain), directed by Ventura Pons.
“Comedia Infantile” (Mozambique/Sweden/Portugal), directed by Sloveig
Nordlund. Starring Sergio Titos.
“Felice . . . Felice” (Netherlands), directed by Peter Delpeut. Starring
Johan Leyson and Toshie Ogura.
“Firelight” (Great Britain/USA), directed by William Nicholson. Starring
Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane.
“Georgica” (Estonia), directed by Sulev Keedus.
“The Governess” (Great Britain), directed by Sandra Goldbacher. Starring
“Hold You Tight” (Hong Kong), directed by Stanley Kwan.
“Jugofilm” (Austria), directed by Goran Rebic.
“Kisangani Diary” (Austria, France), directed by Hubert Sauper.
“Land of the Deaf” (Russia), directed by Valerj Todorovsky.
“The Last Days of Disco” (USA), directed by Whit Stillman. Starring Jennifer
Beals, Chloe Sevigny.
“Late Full Moon” (Bulgaria), directed by Eduard Zahariev.
“Marthe” (France), directed by Jean-Loup Hubert.
“Motello” (Denmark), directed by Mikae Wikke and Steen Rasmussen.
“Mothertime” (Great Britain), directed by Matthew Jacobs. Starring Anthony
“Nights of Cabiria“* (Italy/France), directed by Federico Fellini.
Starring Giuletta Masina, Francois Perier, Amedeo Nazzari, Franca Marzi.
“The Pharmacist” (Germany), directed by Rainer Kaufman.
“Resurrection Man” (Great Britain), directed by Marc Evans.
“Sex – Live in L.A.” (Germany), directed by Jochen Hick.
“Thank God He Met Lizzie” (Australia), directed by Cherie Nowlan. Starring
“War Zone” (USA/Germany), directed by Maggie Hadleigh-West.
* First time this extended director’s cut has screened in the U.S.
[Tickets will go on sale May 12 and can be purchased by phone at
206.325.6150 and on the world wide web at www.seattlefilm.com . For
general information call 206.325.6828.]