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“Tetro,” “Humpday” Among Seattle Fest’s Whopping 392 Films

"Tetro," "Humpday" Among Seattle Fest's Whopping 392 Films

The 35th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended event of its kind in the United States, has announced its programming. Running 25 days, the fest will present 203 narrative features, 54 documentary features, and 124 short films from 62 countries, including 31 World Premieres, 45 North American Premieres, and 13 US Premieres. SIFF 2009 will unspool from May 21 through June 14 at multiple venues throughout the city.

“This year’s SIFF is a dazzling assortment of extraordinary films, special presentations, Galas, and exclusive events that proudly reflect the Festival’s independent legacy,” says SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence, in a statement. “On our 35th anniversary, SIFF salutes its loyal audiences by giving them an even more exciting way to find the unexpected in the world’s most popular art form.”

The Festival gets underway Thursday, May 21, at the Paramount Theatre with the Opening Night Gala presentation of Armando Iannucci’s “In the Loop,” a political farce starring James Gandolfini and Steve Coogan that premiered at Sundance this year. The Festival will wrap with a Closing Night Gala presentation on Sunday, June 14, of “OSS 117: Lost in Rio,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, the sequel to SIFF 2006 Golden Space Needle winner, “OSS 117: Nest of Spies.”

Additionally, Francis Ford Coppola who will host a special presentation of his new film, “Tetro,” a semi-autobiographical drama in which two brothers attempt to make peace with their troubled pasts. The film will premiere at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes next month.

SIFF will present the 2009 Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing to Spike Lee “in recognition of his extraordinary filmmaking career.” This special Tribute ceremony will include a montage of clips highlighting his diverse work as a director, followed by a special presentation of “Passing Strange,” Lee’s original visualization of the celebrated Broadway hit.

Part of the Northwest Connections program (featuring local filmmakers), the SIFF Centerpiece Gala will present Seattle director Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday,” which premiered at Sundance and – like “Tetro” – will compete in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes.

In addition to Humpday, the Northwest Connections program features a record 16 features and documentaries and 13 shorts by local filmmakers, made in the Northwest, or with distinctive appeal to the region. Other highlights in the Northwest Connections program include the celebrated Sundance hit and hometown production, “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle”, directed by David Russo; the filmed-in-Wallingford feature “World’s Greatest Dad,” starring Robin Williams and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait; and Sandy Cioffi’s documentary, “Sweet Crude.”

For a complete list of Seattle’s World, North American, and U.S. Premieres, visit the next page.

World Premieres
Back to the Garden, Flower Power Comes Full Circle, directed by Kevin Tomlinson (USA, 2009)
Dancing Across Borders, directed by Anne H. Bass (USA/Cambodia, 2009)
Facing Ali, directed by Pete McCormack (Canada, 2009)
The Hills Run Red, directed by Dave Parker (USA, 2009)
Icons Among Us, directed by Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson, Peter J. Vogt (USA, 2009)
I’m No Dummy, directed by Bryan W. Simon (USA, 2009)
Pop Star On Ice, directed by David Barba (USA/Canada/Russia/Japan, 2009)
The Spy and the Sparrow, directed by Garrett Bennett (USA, 2009)
talhotblond, directed by Barbara Schroeder (USA, 2008)
The Whole Truth, directed by Colleen Patrick (USA, 2009)

North American Premieres
Alisa’s Birthday, directed by Sergei Seregin (Russia, 2008)
Beauties at War, directed by Patrice Leconte (France, 2008)
Black Dogs Barking, directed by Mehmet Bahadir Er, Maryna Gorbach (Turkey, 2009)
Boy, directed by Aureaus Solito (Philippines, 2009)
Breathless, directed by Yang Ik-june (South Korea, 2008)
The Dark Harbor, directed by Naito Takasugu (Japan, 2008)
The Escape, directed by Kathrine Windfeld (Denmark, 2009)
Everyone Else, directed by Maren Ade (Germany, 2009)
Forasters, directed by Ventura Pons (Spain, 2009)
Forever Enthralled, directed by Chen Kaige (China, 2009)
Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, directed by Lasse Hallström (USA, 2009)
I Know You Know, directed by Justin Kerrigan (United Kingdom, 2008)
Kaifeck Murder, directed by Esther Gronenborn (Germany, 2008)
Light Year, directed by Mikael Kristersson (Sweden, 2008)
Little Joe, directed by Nicole Haeusser (USA, 2009)
Little Soldier, directed by Annette K. Olesen (Denmark, 2009)
Live and Remember, directed by Alexander Proshkin (Russia, 2008)
Mamma Moo and Crow, directed by Igor Veyshtagin (Sweden, 2008)
Manhole Children, directed by Yoshio Harada (Japan, 2008)
Miao Miao, directed by Hsiao-Tse Cheng (Hong Kong/Taiwan, 2008)
Morris: A Life With Bells On, directed by Lucy Akhurst (United Kingdom, 2008)
Nak, directed by Natthaphong Ratanachoksirikul (Thailand, 2009)
No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti, directed by Leon Dai (Taiwan, 2008)
Northface, directed by Philipp Stölzl (Austria, 2008)
The Other Bank, directed by George Ovashvili (Georgia/Kazakhstan, 2009)
School Days With a Pig, directed by Tetsu Maeda (Japan, 2008)
The Sniper, directed by Dante Lam (Hong Kong, 2009)
Story of Jen, directed by François Rotger (Canada/France, 2009)
The Strength of Water, directed by Armagan Ballantyne (New Zealand/Germany, 2009)
Summer, directed by Kenny Glenaan (United Kingdom, 2008)
Tears of April, directed by Aku Louhimies (Finland, 2009)
Telstar, directed by Nick Moran (United Kingdom, 2008)
What’s on Your Plate, directed by Catherine Gund (USA, 2009)
Wind Blows in the Meadow, directed by Khosro Masoumi (Iran, 2008)
Yes, I Can See Dead People, directed by David Lee (Hong Kong, 2008)

US Premieres
The Admiral, directed by Andrey Kravtchuck (Russia, 2008)
Be Calm and Count to Seven, directed by Ramtin Lavafipour (Iran, 2008)
Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, directed by Edwin (Indonesia, 2008)
Buddenbrooks, directed by Heinrich Breloer (Germany, 2008)
The Fortress, directed by Fernand Melgar (Switzerland, 2008)
Krabat, directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner (Germany, 2008)
Maradona by Kusturica, directed by Emir Kusturica (Spain/France, 2008)
Sexykiller, directed by Miguel Martí (Spain, 2008)
Spring 1941, directed by Uri Barbash (Israel/Poland, 2008)
A Woman’s Way, directed by Panos H. Koutras (Greece, 2009)

For a complete list of films, check back with SIFF’s website.

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