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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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I Used to Be Darker

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Matthew Porterfield

A quietly devastating, music-infused family drama that traces the unraveling of a marriage through casually loaded conversations, elegantly framed hangout sessions, and cathartic musical performances (including two full-length original songs) by real-life troubadours Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham.

Jin

Turkey | 2012 | 122 minutes | Reha Erdem

SIFF 2011 Emerging Master Reha Erdem returns to the Festival with this vivid and visually stunning depiction of a teenage Kurdish freedom fighter trekking the Turkish mountains after laying down her arms.

Jump

Ireland | 2012 | 88 minutes | Kieron J. Walsh

A fateful New Year's Eve throws half a dozen characters into collision in this complex, wildly inventive and occasionally giddy tale from Northern Ireland. Does Jump refer to potential suicide or playing with chronological narrative?

The Kampala Story

Uganda | 2012 | 62 minutes | Donald Mugisha, Kasper Bisgaard

Apio, a 14-year-old Karamojong girl, and her mother run their household on money wired from her father who works in the capital of Uganda. When the money transfers stop, Apio must travel alone to the big city in search of her father. North American Premiere

The Kings of Summer

USA | 2013 | 93 minutes | Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Two teenage friends and an eccentric tag-along retreat to the woods and build a ramshackle cabin as a declaration of independence, oblivious to the panic their disappearance creates in this smart, deliriously quirky teen comedy.

La Playa D.C.

Colombia | 2012 | 90 minutes | Juan Andrés Arango

13-year-old Tomas and his brothers are kicked out into the tough streets of Bogotá, where Tomas survives and finds his way as a barber, creating elaborate, hip hairstyles called “tropas.”

Northwest

Denmark | 2013 | 100 minutes | Michael Noer

In this compelling neorealist Danish thriller, small-time burglar Casper attempts upward mobility within the Copenhagen crime world, only to ignite a violent turf war.

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.

The Rocket

Australia | 2013 | 96 minutes | Kim Mordaunt

Set in lush, rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. With help from his friend Kia and uncle Purple, he builds a giant rocket to compete in the dangerous Rocket Festival.

Short Term 12

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Destin Daniel Cretton

The film follows Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace is a formidable caretaker as she deals with her own difficult past in this authentic film of heart and humor.

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