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'The Big Sick' will be 2017 SIFF's opening night film

The 43rd Seattle International Film Festival is a month away and the opening night film was just announced!

Opening night is Thursday, May 18th, and will begin with Amazon Studio's new film, "The Big Sick." The Sundance Film Festival favorite has a powerhouse of Hollywood celebs including comedian Kimail Manjiani (Silicon Valley), "industry mogul" Judd Apatow, and was directed by Michael Showalter.

Here's the film synopsis:

"The Big Sick promises to electrify audiences as it kicks off the largest film festival in North America. The smart and complicated romantic comedy features Kumail Nanjiani as the star and co-writer, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, as well as comedian friends Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, and Kurt Braunohler. Co-written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon and based on the beginnings of their relationship, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart."

Amazon Studios will release "The Big Sick" in limited theaters on June 23rd with an expansion set for July 14th.

The whole SIFF lineup with be announced on May 3rd, so keep your eyes peeled! But for now film fanatics - go ahead and buy your tickets, HERE.