‘Battle’ to open Seattle festival

Theron feature to kick of event on May 22

Seattle is revising the scene of its big battle.

Stuart Townsend’s “Battle in Seattle” starring Charlize Theron and Martin Henderson will open the 34th Seattle International Film Festival on May 22.

Theron and Henderson star with an ensemble cast including Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ray Liotta as characters thrust into the anti-globalization riots that shook the city in 1999 when Seattle hosted the World Trade Organization’s ministerial conference. Townsend, Theron and Henderson will attend the screening and a gala party afterwards.

“We’re delighted to present an opening night film that will resonate with so many Seattleites,” said SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence. “Stuart Townsend has crafted a remarkable and entertaining movie.” The Seattle International Film Festival runs May 22-June 15.

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