Sponsored by 88.5 KNKX. See more details on KNKX's sponsored films below.
The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films, guests, and events for the 43rd annual 25-day Festival (May 18 - June 11, 2017).
This year, SIFF will screen 400 films representing 80 countries and will include: 161 features (plus 4 secret films), 58 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 163 shorts. The lineup includes 36 World premieres (14 features, 22 shorts), 34 North American premieres (22 features, 12 shorts), and 20 U.S. premieres (11 features, 19 shorts).
Opening night kicks off Thursday, May 18 with The Big Sick from Amazon Studios. Starring and written by Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) along with his wife Emily V. Gordon, the film promises to electrify audiences with the smart and complicated romantic story based on the beginnings of their relationship. Nanjiani will be in attendance at the Seattle premiere and Opening Night Gala, along with co-writer Emily V. Gordon and director Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris and Wet Hot American Summer). Closing this year’s Festival is the North American premiere of The Young Karl Marx, directed by Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro). The story follows 26-year-old Karl Marx (August Diehl) and his wife Jenny in exile in Europe, where they meet a man who provides them with the final piece needed for the foundation of Marxist theory.
At the annual Centerpiece Gala, SIFF will travel to 1990s Manhattan in the slice-of-life comedy, Landline. Director Gillian Robespierre brings back actress-comedienne Jenny Slate following their SIFF 2014 run of Obvious Child. Slate, Robespierre, and new-coming actress Abby Quinn are all scheduled to attend the Seattle premiere taking place on Saturday, June 3.
The World premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Trouble will screen at Seattle’s historic SIFF Cinema Egyptian as SIFF honors the film’s executive producer and star, Anjelica Huston, with the Career Achievement in Acting Award. In addition to the award presentation and screening, the acclaimed actress is also slated for an on-stage interview at the Wednesday, June 7 event.
KNKX SPONSORED FILMS
The Reagan Show (USA) - showing June 2, 8:45 p.m. at SIFF Uptown; June 3, 2:30 p.m., SIFF Egyptian; June 7, 4:30 p.m. SIFF Uptown
Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this captivating you-are-there documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of the original performer/president, Ronald Reagan.
Finding Kukan (USA) - showing May 27, 12 noon at SIFF Uptown; May 28, 7 p.m. at Pacific Place; June 2, 4:30 p.m. at Ark Lodge Cinemas
A filmmaker turns detective to uncover the remarkable story of Ling-Ai Li, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a 1941 Academy Award®-winning documentary revealing the atrocities of World War II China that has been lost for decades.
Backpack Full of Cash (USA) - showing May 19, 3:30 p.m. at SIFF Uptown; June 6, 7 p.m. at Pacific Place; June 7, 4:30 p.m. at Pacific Place
Matt Damon narrates this incredibly timely warning about America's public schools, which have fallen into a growing, greedy, and woefully under-regulated system of privatization that is having a heartbreaking impact on our most vulnerable children.
O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist) (Portugal) - showing May 31, 9:30 p.m. at SIFF Egyptian; June 5, 3 p.m. at SIFF Uptown
With a subversive Pasolini-esque style, João Pedro Rodrigues' mind-bending adventure treks along with a solitary ornithologist who, while searching for endangered black storks, is plunged into the eerie and dark forests of northern Portugal and finds himself transforming into a Catholic saint.