SEATTLE — The 24th Seattle International Film Festival, which kicks off May 21 with the Sophie Marceau costumer “Firelight,” has announced its June 14 closer: the world preem of “This Is My Father,” a multigenerational love story set in Ireland and the U.S. — although it carries a made-in-Canada tag.
Pic is a family affair, since it stars Aidan Quinn, was written and directed by his brother Paul Quinn and lensed by a third brother, Declan Quinn.
“It’s one of the finest films I’ve seen for several years,” says fest topper Darryl Macdonald of “Father” and its tale of long-held secrets. “It’s essentially a 13-year project for Paul Quinn, as a writer, and a labor of love for the whole family. The results are exceptionally moving.”
Macdonald is also excited by what he calls a “reemergence of national cinemas” from seemingly Hollywood-colonized countries such as Germany, England, and France, along with a “marked uptick in Eastern Europe.”
During its 25 days and nights — making it the longest full-scale fest in the world — SIFF boasts 20 U.S. preems of offshore product:
From Austria and Germany come “Jugofilm,” “Kisangani Diary,” “The Pharmacist,” “Sex-Life in L.A.,” and Sonke Wortmann’s “The Campus.”
East-European fare includes the Estonian “Georgica,” Bulgaria’s “Late Full Moon,” and “Land of the Deaf,” from Russian helmer Valerj Todorovsky.
Brit imports, in addition to “Firelight,” are “The Governess,” starring Minnie Driver; “Mothertime,” with Anthony Andrews; and “Resurrection,” from Marc Evans.
Australia’s “Thank God He Met Lizzie” toplines Cate Blanchett. From France, Denmark, and the Netherlands, respectively, come “Marthe,” “Motello” and “Felice, Felice.”
Solveig Nordlund’s “Comedia Infantile” is a co-production between Sweden, Portugal and Mozambique, and “War Zone,” helmed by Maggie Hadleigh-West, is a U.S.-German co-production.