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Sissy Spacek, director William Friedkin to receive awards at 38th annual SIFF

The 38th Seattle International Film Festival will present awards to actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin, and include 273 feature-length films and 186 shorts, from 75 different countries. Tickets go on sale Thursday for all events in the festival.

Seattle Times movie critic

Festival preview

Seattle International Film Festival

May 17-June 10, various locations including Uptown, Egyptian, Harvard Exit, Pacific Place, SIFF Film Center, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center (May 18-24), Everett Performing Arts Center (May 24-31), Kirkland Performance Center (May 31-June 10). Individual tickets go on sale Thursday; passes (ranging from $57 for a six-ticket package to $2,850 for the Platinum PLUS pass) currently on sale at or 206-324-9996.
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The 38th annual Seattle International Film Festival, running May 17 through June 10, will present awards to actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin. Both will attend the festival, and several of their films will be screened among the festival's offerings — which this year include 273 feature-length films and 186 shorts, from 75 different countries. Tickets go on sale Thursday for all events in the festival.

Spacek will receive the festival's award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting in a special evening event at the Uptown on June 7, which will include an onstage interview and a screening of "Badlands," the 1973 Terrence Malick film (his debut feature) in which she played a teenage killer. "Coal Miner's Daughter," for which Spacek won an Academy Award for best actress as country singer Loretta Lynn, will screen outdoors at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheater June 8, and the festival will also present a screening of "Carrie," the 1976 horror film in which Spacek memorably played the blood-spattered title role.

Friedkin, whose long career in film began in the mid-'60s, will be given the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award June 9 at the Egyptian, in an evening to include a screening of his newest film, "Killer Joe." The festival will also present screenings of "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection," both in newly restored versions.

SIFF 2012 will begin and end with local flavor. "Your Sister's Sister," a romantic comedy filmed in the Northwest by Seattle-based director Lynn Shelton, was announced earlier this year as the festival's opening-night gala screening at McCaw Hall, with Shelton and cast members present. "Grassroots," directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, will close the festival at the Uptown. The film, shot here in 2010, tells the story of monorail advocate Grant Cogswell's run for the Seattle City Council in 2001 against Richard McIver, and stars Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose and Cedric the Entertainer. A dozen other Northwest feature-length films will play throughout the festival.

SIFF's centerpiece gala, screening June 2, will be the French comedy "The Chef," starring Jean Reno. Other special events include the "Gay-La" on June 3, with the American comedy "Gayby," and festive opening-night screenings for the fest's out-of-town venues: "Fat Kid Rules the World" opening at the Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center May 18, "Lola Versus" opening the Everett Performing Arts Center May 24, and "Starbuck," beginning the festival's programming at the Kirkland Performance Center May 31.

The year's Emerging Masters are British writer/director Andrea Arnold, whose new film version of "Wuthering Heights" will screen at the festival, and Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis, whose new film, "Tey," will make its U.S. premiere at SIFF.

Special archival presentations include the 1933 Chinese silent film "Little Toys," presented with live accompaniment by pianist Donald Sosin; "Two for the Road," Stanley Donen's 1967 scenes-from-a-marriage film starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn; and the 900-minute British documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey."

The main SIFF box office at Pacific Place (second floor, Sixth and Pine, Seattle) will open Thursday; box offices are also located at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle) and SIFF Cinema at the Film Center (on the Seattle Center campus). The full festival schedule will be posted online Thursday at, when individual tickets go on sale.

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