Seattle film festival sets bookends
'In the Loop,' 'OSS 117' are opening, closing picsThe 35th Seattle International Film Festival, which runs May 21-June 14, will lead off with Armando Iannucci's political farce "In the Loop" and conclude with Michel Hazanavicius' "OSS 117: Lost in Rio."
The sprawling fest will present 392 films in 25 days, with 89 premieres and more than 600 screenings.
Francis Ford Coppola, who will present his new film "Tetro" and that movie's star Vincent Gallo; Spike Lee will also attend. Spike Lee will screen his film version of the Broadway musical "Passing Strange."
Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" will screen as the Centerpiece Gala.
In cooperation with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Centennial Celebration, SIFF will screen Blake Edwards' 1965 film "The Great Race."
SIFF's Archival program will present such rarely seen classic films as Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West," the British period mystery "So Long at the Fair," the Chinese silent classic "Wild Rose," and Coppola's "The Conversation" as well as John Cassavetes' "A Woman Under the Influence" and Michelangelo Antonioni's "Le Amiche."
Turner Classic Movies host and Hollywood Reporter columnist Robert Osbornewill accept an award on behalf of TCM's efforts to showcase the nation's cinematic heritage and will introduce four of his favorite classic films, "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Dodsworth," "Sunset Boulevard" and "The Third Man."