Armando Iannucci’s political satire In The Loop and Michel Hazanavicius’ spy spoof sequel OSS 117: Lost In Rio bookend the 35th Seattle International Film Festival, set to run from May 21-June 14.
Overall 392 films will screen over 25 days, including Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro, Lynn Shelton’s comedy Humpday, Bobcat Goldthwait’s dark comedy World’s Greatest Dad.
World Premieres include Anne H Bass’ Dancing Across Borders, Pete McCormack’s Facing Ali, Bryan W Simon’s I’m No Dummy, and Garrett Bennett’s The Spy And The Sparrow.
As previously announced Spike Lee will be in town to collect the 2009 Golden Space Needle Award For Outstanding Achievement. Lee will be the subject of a tribute, Q&A session and a screening of his Broadway adaptation Passing Strange.
In cooperation with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Centennial Celebration, the festival will present a screening of Blake Edwards’ 1965 slapstick homage The Great Race.
The festival’s archival programme includes restored or rarely seen films such as Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West, by Sun Yu’s Chinese silent classic Wild Rose, and Coppola’s paranoid thriller The Conversation.
“On our 35th anniversary, SIFF salutes its loyal audiences by giving them an even more exciting way to find the
unexpected in the world’s most popular art form,” the festival’s artistic director Carl Spence said.