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posted Friday, May 17, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 20x
SIFF 2013: A world of curiosities to explore
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SIFF 2013: A world of curiosities to explore

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Through June 9


The 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked itself off May 16 with a gala screening of writer/director Joss Whedon's jazzy, lithely delicate, and whimsically ambitious adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Over the next 24 days, more than 440 films (features, documentaries, and shorts) will screen throughout the Seattle area, including bookings in both Kirkland and Renton. Filmmakers, actors, and other industry professionals of all types will descend upon the city in droves, transforming it once again into a cinematic mecca virtually unlike anyplace else on the globe.

Special guests being honored by SIFF this year include 'Twin Peaks' and Blue Velvet star Kyle MacLachlan and iconoclastic director Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover), the latter presenting his latest dementedly ephemeral opus, Goltzius and the Pelican Company, as well as showcasing a multimedia presentation entitled 'The Death of Cinema.' On top of that, there are plenty of intriguing curiosities intermingling amidst this seemingly overwhelming and daunting list of potential moviegoing attractions including Closing Night feature The Bling Ring, written and directed by Sofia Coppola fresh off its Cannes Film Festival debut.

Like last year's festival, the folks at SIFF have attempted to make the schedule easier to navigate by splitting all of the films and events into 10 categories they nickname 'Moods': Creative Streak, Face the Music, Love &, Make Me Laugh, Open My Eyes, Provoke Me!, Sci-Fi & Beyond, Show Me the World!, Thrill Me! and To the Extreme. Certain motion pictures can fit into multiple categories, so finding entertainments fit for any and all tastes should be a fairly simple proposition.

Gala events this year include special screenings of 2013 Sundance Film Festival favorite The Way, Way Back; the local premiere of Pacific Northwest filmmaker Lynn Shelton's latest enterprise, Touchy Feely, at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center; the divine French comedy Populaire, revolving around a high-speed typing competition; a benefit screening of the Seattle-centric Decoding Annie Parker for the UW's King Lab; the arrival of Joe Swanberg's much-talked-about Drinking Buddies; and a Gay-La presentation of Darren Stein's high-school clique satire G.B.F. Also launching this year is SIFF's African Pictures program, spotlighting emerging filmmakers and artists from throughout the continent. The 18 films being presented run the gamut from comedy to drama to documentary to thriller, including virtually every genre in between.

Hollywood gets in on the act with screenings of Pixar's Monsters University and Fox's Epic, while already-lauded high-profile independents like The East from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the explosive killer whale/SeaWorld documentary Blackfish, David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, Noah Baumbach's spellbinding France Ha with Greta Gerwig, the gory anthology sequel V/H/S/2, and the Danish drama The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen, amongst many, many others, also make their local debuts. Intermingled throughout the festival lineup are 49 world premieres, 47 North American premieres, and 18 U.S. premieres, while eight archival films, including a brand new print of Saul Bass' visionary, unsettling sci-fi killer-ant thriller Phase IV, will also be screened.

There's more, of course, a heck of a lot more than can be gone into in a brief preview. Safe to say, this year's SIFF is just as adventurously programmed and filled with as many unheard-of delights as previous festivals, and the glory of this event is in the discovery of programs and features one might not ever have considered watching beforehand. In Seattle, SIFF is a summertime staple, and imagining the city without this 25-day cinematic adventure is a nightmare I don't ever want to experience.

For more information and for the complete lineup of films, parties, galas, events, forums, and panels, go to www.siff.net.

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