Tickets for the 42nd annual Seattle International Film Festival go on sale Thursday, May 5. The fest will run from May 19 to June 12 and include 417 films, including 263 full-length features, from 85 countries.

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Get ready for a cinematic onslaught: Tickets for the 42nd annual Seattle International Film Festival go on sale Thursday, May 5. This edition of SIFF, which takes place May 19-June 12, contains 417 films, including 263 full-length features, from 85 different countries.

And it’ll screen all over town, with SIFF adding venues in Shoreline, Ballard and Columbia City to its usual locations: downtown, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Bellevue, Kirkland and Renton.

This year’s festival begins and ends with a period comedy. At McCaw Hall on May 19, SIFF kicks off with Woody Allen’s 1930s comedy “Café Society.” Closing night will feature, on Cinerama’s giant screen, “The Dressmaker,” an Australian revenge comedy set in the 1950s, with Kate Winslet (in the title role, as a woman who returns to her outback hometown many years after a mysterious death) and Liam Hemsworth.

Festival preview

Seattle International Film Festival

May 19-June 12 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, SIFF Film Center, Pacific Place, Majestic Bay, Ark Lodge Theaters, Lincoln Square, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, Shoreline Community College, Kirkland Performance Center. Ticket/schedule information:, or 206-324-9996.

The festival’s Centerpiece Gala on June 4 will be “Gleason,” a documentary about the Spokane-born NFL star Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Other gala screenings will include James Schamus’ 1950s drama “Indignation” (May 21), Clea DuVall’s relationship comedy/drama “The Intervention” (May 28), and “Frank & Lola” (June 11), a crime drama set in Paris and Las Vegas.

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths (“Lucky Them,” “Eden,” “The Off Hours”) will be on hand for the world premiere of her newest film, the crime drama “The Night Stalker,” about serial killer Richard Ramirez. Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays Ramirez, is also scheduled to attend the screening, June 4 at the Uptown. Other local filmmakers will be represented in SIFF’s “Northwest Connections” showcase, which includes four features and eight documentaries with Pacific Northwest roots.

Among the well-known international filmmakers whose work will be presented at SIFF are France’s André Téchiné and Michel Gondry, Australia’s Gillian Armstrong, Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, Germany’s Werner Herzog and Oliver Hirschbiegel, China’s Zhang Yang, Spain’s Julio Medem and the U.K.’s Terence Davies.

Several SIFF trademarks return, such as the Secret Festival, which includes four features that cannot be named (buy a pass and take your chances — and promise not to say a word about it), and a strong slate of archival films. (Among them: Orson Welles’ “Chimes at Midnight” and film-noir expert Eddie Muller introducing the 1956 Argentine noir “The Bitter Stems.”) And numerous filmmaker/actor guests are expected to introduce screenings and host Q&As.

As in past years, tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 206-324-9996 or in person at the Uptown, Film Center, or Egyptian before the festival’s start, and at every SIFF venue after May 19. Individual tickets for most screenings are $13 ($11 SIFF members, $12 seniors, $8 students with ID, $5 Teen Tix). Various passes and ticket packages are available, such as the Cinematic Six-Pack ($60/six tickets; $54 for SIFF members); see for details.