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iW NEWS | “Battle,” “Shock,” and “Kiss” Among Highlights for 34th Seattle Fest

iW NEWS | "Battle," "Shock," and "Kiss" Among Highlights for 34th Seattle Fest

One hundred and ninety-one features as well as 170 shorts are on tap for the 34th Seattle International Film Festival taking place May 22 – June 15, including 38 North American and 19 U.S. premieres. As previously announced, Stuart Townsend‘s “Battle in Seattle” will kick off the 25-day long event with “Seattle” actors Charlize Theron and Martin Henderson as well as Townsend in attendance. Randall Miller‘s “Bottle Shock,” described as a “cinematic love letter to California’s wine country,” starring Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman will close the festival. Sean McGinly‘s “The Great Buck Howard” with Colin Hanks, John Malkovich and Tom Hanks will screen as a Centerpiece Gala June 6, while a “Gay-la” extravaganza and post-screening party will be held on Thursday, May 29 for the romantic comedy, “Kiss the Bride,” starring Tori Spelling, and Philipp Karne. Among the festival highlights are the world premiere of “Jolene,” co-directed by SIFF founder Dan Ireland. Eight films are slated to screen in the festival’s New American Cinema competition, including the world premieres of Russell Brown’s “The Bluetooth Virgin,” “Em” by Tony Barbieri, and Jared Drake’s “Visioneers.” Debuting in the doc competition are “Combalimon,” by Raphael Mathie (U.S. premiere), “Fairytale of Kathmandu,” by Neasa Ni Chianain (North American premiere), “Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go” by Kim Longinotto, “In Search of Kennedy” by Chuck Workman (world premiere) and “Shadow of the Holy Book” by Arto Halonen. For more information and a full line up, visit the festival’s website. [Brian Brooks]

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