“Birds Are Singing in Kigali” at the prestigious 44th Seattle Film Festival / by Ada Zielinska

Birds Are Singing in Kigali will be the only Polish film in the program of this year’s 44th edition of the biggest US Film Festival in Seattle that takes place between May 17th and June 10th.  The festival opens with Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop and ends with highly awaited Gus Van Sant’s new film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix. A special recognition is to be given this year to the works of Ethan Hawke with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema and special presentation of his brand new film the Blaze.      

The festival shows the best of contemporary world cinema in various programs and sections, featuring fiction, documentary and short films. This year’s program includes also the exclusive presentation of a new Chinese cinema and an array of the world's VR productions. "Sifting through over 4,000 film submissions each year, finding just 240 features is somewhat of a treasure hunt," said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. "We're looking for dynamic, diverse stories. This year, we're overjoyed to share that over 43-percent of the feature films are female directed. We're thrilled to jump into the 44th Festival and share these voices from around the globe with over 150,000 film enthusiasts in Seattle over the course of 25 days."    

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