The North American premiere of Amazon Studios’ Café Society, the newest film from legendary director Woody Allen will be opening night film of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival.
The 2016 Festival runs May 19 through June 12 at venues in Seattle and surrounding cities.
Café Society is a sparkling romantic comedy that features a stellar cast of rising stars and acclaimed acting talent, including Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, Paul Schneider, Anna Camp, and Judy Davis. The bicoastal period piece tells the story of a young man (Eisenberg) who arrives in Hollywood from New York during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. He falls in love and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
In his new role as Festival Director and Chief Curator, Carl Spence says, “Woody Allen delivers a delightful, vibrant, and entertaining tale that continues to expand his repertory of acting talent. Combining the power of SIFF, which boasts the largest audience of any film festival in the country, with an emerging Seattle-based film distribution powerhouse that firmly believes in the theatrical experience, along with one of our most acclaimed directors, is a perfect match. We are proud to collaborate with Amazon Studios with seven titles in our lineup. They have confidently emerged as relevant curatorial partners for the filmmaking community with a wealth of experience and love of cinema to bring a broad and diverse range of high-quality films to the American public.”
The 42nd Seattle International Film Festival presents an unprecedented slate of six additional titles from Amazon Studios, led by the North American premiere of Café Society, direct from its World premiere as the Opening Night film at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.
Other Amazon Studios titles at SIFF 2016 include Author: The JT LeRoy Story (dir. Jeff Feuerzeig, 2016); Complete Unknown (dir. Joshua Marston, 2016); The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015); Gleason (dir. Clay Tweel, 2016); Love & Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman, 2016); and Wiener-Dog (dir. Todd Solondz, 2016).