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Seattle Int'l Film Festival: Complete 2012 Lineup Includes Anderson, Shelton, Winterbottom, Meireilles, Polley

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 30, 2012 at 5:20PM

The longest festival in the US, the Seattle International Film Festival boasts a record 24 world premieres for its 38th edition running May 17 - June 10, unspooling a total of 273 features and 187 shorts representing 75 countries. Among the films, 180 are currently without distribution.
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At SIFF 2012: "Trishna," "Your Sister's Sister," "Brave," "Moonrise Kingdom"
At SIFF 2012: "Trishna," "Your Sister's Sister," "Brave," "Moonrise Kingdom"

The longest festival in the US, the Seattle International Film Festival boasts a record 24 world premieres for its 38th edition running May 17 - June 10, unspooling a total of 273 features and 187 shorts representing 75 countries. Among the films, 180 are currently without distribution.

For the first time, the fest will be able to use multiple screens in a single location with the acquisition of Seattle's historic Uptown Cinemas. Of this year's selection, fest artistic director Carl Spence says: "There are films for every kind of movie lover whether you are a cinephile or multiplex guru, running the gamut from food, politics, comedy, action, thriller, classic, auteur cinema and everything in-between.”

The lineup, listed below, includes a mix of familiar titles from the fest circuit including opener Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" (with Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass), Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" (Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis), Pixar's "Brave," Jake Schreier's "Robot and Frank" (Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, and Peter Sarsgaard), Michael Winterbotton's "Trishna" (Freida Pinto), Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts" (Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, and Zac Efron), Colin Trevorrow's "Safety Not Guaranteed" (Duplass, Aubrey Plaza), Sarah Polley's "Take this Waltz" (Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Sarah Silverman), Fernando Meirelles' "360" (Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Foster) and Declan Donnellan's "Bel Ami" (Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci).

The complete schedule will be available here on May 3.

GALAS

Your Sister's SIster (dir. Lynn Shelton, USA, Sundance Selects) - opening night

Grassroots (dir. Stepen Gyllenhaal, USA, MRB Productions) - closing night

The Chef (dir. Daniel Cohen, France, Cohen Media Group) - centerpiece gala

Fat Kid Rules the World (dir. Matthew Lillard, USA, Whitewater Films)
Robot and Frank (dir. Jake Schreier, USA, Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Lola Versus (dir. Daryl Wein, USA, Fox Searchlight Pictures)
As Luck Would Have It (dir. Alex de la Iglesia, Spain, 6 Sales)
Starbuck (dir. Ken Scott, Canada, Québec, eOne Films US)
Gayby (dir. Jonathan Lisecki, USA, Wolfe Releasing)
The Details (dir. Jacob Aaron Estes, USA, The Weinstein Company)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

This year’s Special Presentations spotlight some of the most original and interesting features in our line-up.

Brave (dir. Brenda Chapman, Mark Andrews, USA, Disney • Pixar)
Diaz - Don’t Clean Up This Blood (dir. Daniele Vicari, Italy, Fandango Portobello)
The Last Reef 3D (dirs. Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas, United Kingdom, Giant Screen Films)
People Like Us (dir. Alex Kurtzman, USA, Dreamworks SKG)
Trishna (dir. Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom, Sundance Selects)

FEATURE PREMIERES

World (24):
419, dir. Ned Thorne – USA
American Addict, dir. Sasha Knezev – USA
The Beautiful Game, dir. Victor Buhler – USA
Camilla Dickinson, dir. Cornelia Duryée Moore – USA
City World, dir. Brent Chesanek – USA
Duck Beach to Eternity, dirs. Stephen Frandsen, Hadleigh Arnst, Laura Naylo – USA
Earthbound, dir. Alan Brennan – Ireland
Easton's Article, dir. Tim Connery – USA        
The Empty Home, dir. Nurbek Egen – Kyrgyzstan/Russia
Free Throw, dir. Court Crandall – USA
Fugly!, dir. Alfredo de Villa – USA
Grassroots, dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal – USA
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, dir. Matthew Mishory – USA
The Long Ride Home, dir. Tom Wright – USA
The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On, dir. Drew Denny – USA
Recalled, dir. Michael Connors – USA
The Revolutionary, dirs. Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers, Irv Drasnin – USA
The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, dir. Jeff Kaufman-USA
Short Life, dir. Scott Levy – USA
Sin Bin, dir. Billy Federighi – USA
The Standbys, dir. Stephanie Riggs – USA
True Wolf, dir. Rob Whitehair – USA
Welcome To Doe Bay, dirs. Nesib Shamah, Dan Thornton – USA
White Camellias, dir. Russell Brown – USA

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.