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Seattle Int’l Fest Set with “Rambow” and “Moliere”; Competition Rosters Unveiled

Seattle Int'l Fest Set with "Rambow" and "Moliere"; Competition Rosters Unveiled

The Seattle International Film Festival, set for May 24 – June 17, 2007, will open with Garth Jennings‘ Sundance ’07 premiere “Son of Rambow” and close with Laurent Tirard‘s “Moliere,” described as a “sumptuous historical comedy” about the famed French satirist. A whopping 405 films will screen at the festival, which touted its 48 world premieres and 39 North American premieres in an announcement.

“The Festival line-up is incredibly strong this year with an exceptional number of premieres reflecting our aim to highlight world class talent,” said SIFF Artistic director Carl Spence, in a statement. “SIFF has continued to grow in many exciting new directions, and we are proud to celebrate the many stories being told through film at home and abroad including our inaugural program, Planet Cinema, focusing on mankind’s interaction with the environment.”

Anthony Hopkins will be presented a SIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute on May 30th, while Dutch director Fons Rademakers will also be saluted this year. Also on tap for the festival is the aforementioned Planet Cinema section, curated in collaboration with Sundance programmer Caroline Libresco. Sixteen films about the environment and global climate change will be screened.

Four competition sections are set (see the feature lineups below), including the New Directors Showcase, New American Cinema, the Documentary Competition and the Short Film Competition. Other plans this year include a spotlight on Germany and, for the third year, SIFF’s Face the Music program highlighting the intersection of music and film. And also on tap are an archival series, the Alternate Cinema section, the Spawned in Seattle sidebar, Futurewave for education and outreach, numerous panels and forums, short films programs, and the returning Secret Festival, Films4Families, Fly Filmmaking Challenge, Contemporary World Cinema and Midnight Adrenaline.

Feature competition lineups are included below:

New Directors Showcase
7 Years,” directed by Jean-Pascal Hattu (France, 2006)
Doghead,” directed by Santi Amodeo (Spain, 2007)
Fish Dreams,” directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky (Brazil, 2006)
Emma’s Bliss,” directed by Sven Taddicken (Germany, 2006)
Falkenberg Farewell” (Sweden, 2006)
Free Floating,” directed by Boris Khlebnikov (Russia, 2006)
Fresh Air,” directed by Agnes Kocsis and Andrea Roberti (Hungary, 2007)
How is Your Fish Today?,” directed by Xiaolu Guo (China, 2006)
La Leon,” directed by Santiago Otheguy (Argentina, 2006)
The Paper Will Be Blue,” directed by Radu Muntean (Romania, 2006)
Sons,” directed by Erik Richter Strand (Norway, 2006)
Stealth,” directed by Lionel Baier (Switzerland, 2006)

New American Cinema
Cthulhu,” directed by Daniel Gildark (2007)
Expired,” directed by Cecilia Miniuchhi (2007)
Lovely By Surprise,” directed by Kirt Gunn (2007)
The Memory Thief,” directed by Gil Kofman (2007)
One Day Like Rain,” directed by Paul Todisco (2007)
One of Our Own,” directed by Abe Levy (2007)
Out At the Wedding,” directed by Lee Friedlander (2007)
Shotgun Stories,” directed by Jeff Nichols (2007)
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot,” directed by Tod Harrison Williams (2007)
Walk the Talk,” directed by Matthew Allen (2007)

Documentary Competition
Angels in the Dust,” directed by Louise Hogarth (USA, 2006)
Bajo Juarez, the City Devouring its Daughters,” directed by Alejandra Sanchez and Jose Antonio Cordero (Mexico, 2007)
The Champagne Spy,” directed by Nadav Schirman (Israel/Germany, 2007)
Children of the War,” directed by Alexandre Fuchs, Jeremy Fourteau and Samantha Belmont (USA/United Kingdom, 2007)
The Devil Came on Horseback,” directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (USA, 2007)
The Fever of ’57,” directed by David Hoffman (USA, 2007)
Journey Home: A Story from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956,” directed by Reka Pigniczky (Hungary, 2007)
Miss Gulag,” directed by Maria Yatskova (USA, 2007)
Noemadak Tx,” directed by Harkaitz Martinez and Igor Otxoa (Spain, 2007)
Out of Time,” directed by Harald Friedl (Austria, 2006)
The Price of Sugar,” directed by Bill Haney (USA, 2007)
Protagonist,” directed by Jessica Yu (USA, 2007)

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