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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Ludwig II

Germany | 2012 | 140 minutes | Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr

In this lushly art-directed biopic, Sabin Tambrea portrays Bavaria's famous "Mad King Ludwig" as a misunderstood, reluctant monarch who met his downfall by believing music and culture could change the world.

More Than Honey

Germany | 2012 | 90 minutes | Markus Imhoof

With dazzling nature photography, Academy Award®–nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) takes a global examination of endangered honeybees—spanning California, Switzerland, China and Australia—more ambitious than any previous work on the topic.

Naked Harbour

Finland | 2012 | 123 minutes | Aku Louhimies

In a series of hard-hitting parallel stories, Finnish director Aku Louhimies does the same for Helsinki as Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros does for Mexico City.  

Paradise: Faith

Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

The second film of the trilogy explores religious fanaticism as self-flagellating missionary Anna Maria finds that her summer devoted to spreading the gospel is disrupted by the sudden return of her paraplegic Muslim husband, who aggressively attempts to shatter her beliefs.

Paradise: Hope

Austria | 2013 | 90 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

So her mother and aunt can leave on summer excursions, 13-year-old Melanie is shipped off to weight loss camp. There she makes unexpected new friendships, talks about sex, and develops a mad crush on the handsome camp doctor, in this surprisingly tender conclusion to the Paradise trilogy.

Paradise: Love

Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

With a blend of realism, social commentary, and warped humor, Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy tells the stories of three women each at a turning point. Paradise: Love travels with 50-year-old hausfrau Teresa as she becomes a "Sugar Mama" sex tourist, buying favors from Kenyan beach boys.

The Wall

Austria | 2012 | 108 minutes | Julian Roman Pölsler

After returning from a summer walk in the Austrian woods with her dog, a woman is shocked that an invisible wall prevents her from leaving the forest, where she becomes determined to survive and record her thoughts. Based on Marlen Haushofer’s classic novel.