43rd Seattle International Film Festival is Around the Corner
The 2017 Seattle International Film Festival will feature a major premiere, a tribute to Anjelica Huston, and the screening of a collection of David Lynch’s films.
SIFF, now in its 43rd year, is held across eleven different cinemas in the Seattle area. This year, cinemas include the SIFF Cinema Uptown, Cinerama Theater, and the historic SIFF Cinema Egyptian. Seattle’s international film festival is the largest in the country, with over 155,000 visitors yearly.
On May 18th, the festival will start off with a gala to celebrate the premiere of The Big Sick, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan. From the festival’s website, ”Based on the real-life courtship: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) fall in love, but they struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.”
Between May 18 and June 11, over 400 films from 80 countries will be shown. There will also be film showcases on several different themes, including a China Stars series that will feature 10 new Chinese feature films and five short films from students of the Beijing Film Academy.
A unique tradition of the SIFF is its yearly Secret Festival. Guests who purchase Secret Festival tickets are required to sign legally binding non-disclosure agreements before attending the screenings. According to the SIFF website, this is because they show “films that we are not supposed to show, films that have legal issues and cannot be publicly screened, films that have been promised to premiere at festivals later in the year, films that people may have sent us by mistake!” The names of the films shown are revealed only to those who attend, and are kept secret afterwards. The $80 passes give access to four Sunday morning screenings.
Single-show tickets, festival passes, and packages are available at https://www.siff.net/festival/box-office.