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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.

Marie Krøyer

Denmark | 2012 | 98 minutes | Bille August

An exquisite period romance about the wife of acclaimed Danish painter P.S. Krøyer. At the peak of their marriage, Krøyer's mental illness becomes more severe and Marie's dream of a mutually supportive life as artists turns to frustration and sorrow.

Mistaken for Strangers

USA | 2013 | 92 minutes | Tom Berninger

A film that entertainingly follows the personal journey of Tom Berninger (who doubles as the director and subject) as he goes on tour with his older brother, Matt Berninger, the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based band The National.

Muscle Shoals

USA | 2013 | 102 minutes | Greg Camalier

In a small Alabama town called Muscle Shoals, legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett gathered to create music that would later inspire the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. Covering the history of this unlikely musical birthplace and the music that sprang from its soil. Winner of the Netflix Audience Award at Hot Docs 2013!

The Otherside

USA | 2013 | 47 minutes | Daniel Torok

A documentary on Seattle's underground hip-hop scene featuring interviews and concert footage taken from all over the U.S., Daniel Torok covers the triumphs, failures, and stereotypes of Seattle hip-hop artists.

Peaches Does Herself

Germany | 2012 | 80 minutes | Peaches

Artist, provocateur, and electro-rock goddess Peaches brings her sensational stage show—which she calls a jukebox musical with a sex change—to the big screen for a no-holds-barred, operatic, neo-queer extravaganza channeled through the wild, pumping, sexually skewed fibers of Peaches's unstoppable imagination.

The Punk Singer

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Sini Anderson

Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle

Feminism, punk music, and rare archival footage slam together in this blazing history of riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), featuring interviews including Joan Jett and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Russia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner

This documentary tells an important story of protest, suppression, and three young women—Nadia, Masha, and Katia—members of the feminist punk-rock collective, Pussy Riot, who face years in prison for their 40-second political performance piece “Punk Prayer.”

Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You - A Concert for Kate McGarrigle

USA | 2012 | 107 minutes | Lian Lunson

This simply and intimately shot concert film captures the emotions of sibling performers Martha and Rufus Wainwright as they pay tribute to their recently departed mother, beloved Canadian folk musician Kate McGarrigle.

Still Mine

Canada | 2012 | 102 minutes | Michael McGowan

Best Actor – James Cromwell: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

An exquisitely mounted and deeply affecting love story about one man's determination to create a suitable home for his ailing wife. Veterans James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold are nothing short of magnificent as they mine the subtext in the story of a couple with a deep and complicated past.

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