VANCOUVER — There are more preems than usual among nearly 300 features, and many more venues for them, at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. Again led by topper Carl Spence, the 33rd edition launches May 24, with an opening gala for “Son of Rambow” at the Seattle Center’s new Marion Oiver McCaw Hall, and wraps 25 full days later, on June 17, with the North American debut of “Moliere” at the downtown Cinerama theatre.
There are 18 world preems, all U.S.-made, including Daniel Waters’ “Sex and Death 101,” David Hoffman’s The Fever of ’57,” Larry Blamire’s “Trail of the Screaming Forehead,” Wiley Underdown’s “The Life and Times of Yva Las Vegas,” Feroz Khan’s “Ghandi, My Father,” Tod Harrison Williams’ “Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot,” Lee Friedlander’s “Out of the Wedding,” and “American Shopper,” from Tamas Bojtar and Sybil Dessau.
More than 40 pics will be making U.S. or North American preems, including Milos Forman’s Spanish-made “Goya’s Ghosts”; Ventura Pons’ Iberian “Life on the Edge”; “Getting Home,” from China’s Zhang Yang”; “Yella,” by Germany’s Christian Petzold; “Little Book of Revenge,” from Canada’s Jean-Francois Pouliet; and “I Really Hate My Job,” from Brit helmer Oliver Parker.
Guests will include many of the above helmers plus indie thesps like Julie Delpy and Steve Buscemi, screen scribe Robert Benton, and singer-film composer Lisa Gerrard, subject of a doc called “Sanctuary.” On May 30, there will be a clip-laden tribute to Anthony Hopkins, who is skedded to appear.
Other SIFF elements include the new Planet Cinema subset of environmental pics spotlight on German cinema, live music accompaniment to silent pics, and the annual trade forum, this time accompanied by the first-time Northwest Trade Market, dedicated to bringing more biz to the region.