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Sunday, December 5, 2021

43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival Kicks Off This Week

It SIFF season again. The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, will host its 43rd annual film festival from May 18 – June 11.

This year, SIFF will feature 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).

The 25-day festival will kick off May 18 with the screening of 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).

The festival will also feature a host of African American films including: Behind the Curtain, Todrick Hall, Crown Heights, Dara Ju, The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson, The Force, Gook, Quest, Step, and Whose Streets.

In addition, SIFF’s will feature many African films that showcase some of the best filmmaking happening in and about Africa today. Some of the African films featured at SIFF include: Bad Black, Borders , Heidi, Investigating Paradise, Kalushi, Kati Kati, The Nile Hilton Incident, The Wedding Party, Winnie, Wulu

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 Weds., June 7

One of several interactive events features Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, a documentary by Catherine Bainbridge celebrating the achievements and contributions of Native Americans in modern American music. Along with the screening of the film, guests will also enjoy Indigenous Centered Perspectives, an exhibit showcasing works by four indigenous artists at the Paramount Theater. The May 26 event is hosted by SIFF in collaboration with Amazon Video Direct, STG, and Longhouse Media.

“This year’s robust line-up includes a wide variety of programs ranging from heartfelt features from comedy favorites to thought-provoking documentaries, as well as once in a lifetime conversations with Hollywood legends,” says Interim Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “We are thrilled to jump into our 43rd edition and introduce spectacular programming from across the world to over 150,000 film enthusiasts in Seattle over the course of 25 days.”

More information, movie previews, reviews and exclusive SIFF interviews will be available on seattlemedium.com throughout the festival.

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