'Rambow' will lead charge at Seattle fest


Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith's "Son of Rambow," an homage to childhood and the movies, will kick off this year's Seattle International Film Festival on May 24 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.

The 33rd annual SIFF runs through June 17 and will feature more than 400 films, including 227 narrative features, 61 documentaries and 117 shorts.

Laurent Tirard's "Moliere," a historical comedy starring Ludivine Sagnier, will wrap the festival.

"The festival lineup is incredibly strong this year, with an exceptional number of premieres reflecting our aim to highlight world-class talent," SIFF artistic director Carl Spence said. "SIFF has continued to grow in many exciting new directions, and we are proud to celebrate the many stories being told through film at home and abroad."

Anthony Hopkins, who is set to present his writing-directing debut, "Slipstream," will receive the SIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute event May 30. The award will precede a screening of the actor's "The Remains of the Day." Other events include a memorial presentation in honor of the late director Fons Rademakers and a screening of his "Max Havelaar."

The Weekend Gala presentations will spotlight Julie Delpy's "2 Days in Paris," Jacob Chueng's "A Battle of Wits," Lars von Trier's "The Boss of It All" and Lojos Koltai's "The Evening."