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iW NEWS | Seattle Fest Brings “Battle” to Seattle

iW NEWS | Seattle Fest Brings "Battle" to Seattle

Director Stuart Townsend‘s “Battle in Seattle” will open the 34th Seattle International Film Festival on Thursday, May 22, organizers announced Wednesday. The gala will take place at the city’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall with a red carpet for expected guests Charlize Theron and Martin Henderson who star in the film as well as Townsend. The film is the story of a handful of characters who find themselves thrust into the chaos of the infamous anti-globalization protests against the WTO that shook Seattle in the fall of 1999. Interweaving multiple storylines, the drama revisits fact, fiction, and many myths surrounding those tumultuous few days. “We’re delighted to present an opening night film that will resonate with so many Seattleites,” says SIFF artistic director Carl Spence in a statement. “In his feature debut as a director, actor Stuart Townsend has crafted a remarkable and entertaining movie. It’s also a terrific fit for SIFF since it has such relevance to our collective history and sense of place.” [Brian Brooks]

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