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Northwest movie lovers are counting the minutes until Opening Night of the 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival, and today (May 3), SIFF released it's full lineup. Here are some of the standouts.
As previously reported, 'The Big Sick' is the opening night film at McCaw Hall - and the buzz on this one is good. Early reviews of the Judd Apatow-produced picture describe it as a surprisingly emotional comedy about a young couple of different ethnicities, trying to manage their lives and families when one of the contracts a mysterious illness. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano reportedly take turns stealing the scene with performances as the in-laws.
Next up must-see list is 'Landline', starring the always interesting Jenny Slate. It's the story of a pair of sisters growing up in New York in the 1990s who bond over the discovery of their father's affair. Edie Falco and John Turturro play their parents. Early reviews say this one too, really tugs at the heart strings - and asks the question - is divorce really the end of a family, or can it be the beginning?
'The Young Karl Marx' may not be for everyone - it's French, it has subtitles - but whatever! As the title suggests, it's a biopic of Karl Marx, and it explores how a struggling young family man - and socialist philosopher - planted the seeds for modern day communism. If you are a student of history and gorgeous film-making...check it out.
Last but not least, SIFF will honor one of the greatest actresses of our time, Oscar winner Anjelica Huston. Huston is, of course, part of one of Hollywood's legendary cinema families. Her father is director John Huston, her grandfather is Walter Huston - both won Oscars for 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'.
Anjelica's body of work is incredible: 'Prizzi's Honor', 'Enemies: A Love Story', "The Witches", "The Dead", "the Addams Family" and "The Grifters". The tribute to Huston is June 7th - and yes, she'll be there.