The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced the complete lineup of films and events for their 39th year, which will include special guests, three galas, and even some secret films.
The festival, which kicks off with a star-studded gala and premiere of Joss Whedon's adaptation of "Much Ado about Nothing," will screen a total of 447 films between May 16 and June 9, including 272 features, including four secret films, and 175 shorts. The films will represent 85 countries and include 17 US premieres.
Special guests include Seattle native Kyle MacLachlan (of "Twin Peaks" and, more recently, "Portlandia" fame) and independent film director director Peter Greenaway.
The films will range from artistic shorts to commercial pieces with big-name stars. From the press release:
This year's films feature a star-studded lineup including, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Maya Rudolph in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's "The Way, Way Back"; Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Bradley Whitford and Rashida Jones in Steven Bernstein's "Decoding Annie Parker"; Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche"; Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster in David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"; Greta Gerwig and Mickey Summer in Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha"; Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now"; Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia in the World Premiere of Adam Rodgers' "Middleton"; and Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, and Ti West in Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies."
"I'm overjoyed to kick off my tenure as Managing Director with such an exciting Festival lineup," noted Mary Bacarella, who took over the role of SIFF Managing Director in January.
"It's going to be a spectacular 25 days of celebrating the world of film," says Bacarella.
The box office opens May 2. You can find more information on SIFF's webiste.