Seattle International Film Festival Reveals Lineup

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Viggo Mortensen will be honored with the fest's Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award.

The Seattle International Film Festival, which is set to open May 19 with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, has lined up 421 films — including 181 features, 74 documentaries, eight archival films and 153 shorts from 85 countries — that will screen during the 25-day event that runs through June 12.  

Joceylyn Moorehouse’s 1950s-set Australian revenge comedy-drama The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, will serve as the closing-night film.

Clay Tweel’s documentary Gleason, which follows Spokane, Wash.-born NFL star Steve Gleason's battle with ALS, will be the fest’s Centerpiece Gala on June 4.

The program also includes the Northwest premiere of Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic, filmed in the state of Washington, which will screen as part of a tribute to Viggo Mortensen on June 11, when the actor will be presented with the festival’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and interviewed onstage at the flagship SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

On May 22, “An Afternoon With Molly Shannon” will feature an onstage interview with the performer and a screening of Saturday Night Live and Broad City writer Chris Kelly’s feature directorial debut Other People, in which Shannon stars with Jesse Plemons, Maude Apatow, Zach Woods, Bradley Whitford and June Squibb. Shannon’s latest film, Miles, also will make its world premiere at the fest on May 21.

“This year’s festival is bursting at the seams with extraordinary talent and revelatory, exciting stories from all over the world,” said SIFF artistic director and chief curator Carl Spence.

Among 53 world premieres set to screen is Seattle native Megan Griffiths’ The Night Stalker, a psychological thriller about serial killer Richard Ramirez starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

The festival box office opens Thursday. The complete lineup can be found here