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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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Ain't Them Bodies Saints

USA | 2013 | 105 minutes | David Lowery

A big award-winner at Sundance and a hit at Cannes, a rare honor for an American film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints features young outlaws Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) torn apart after a shootout lands Bob in prison. Palm Springs "Director to Watch" David Lowery has been compared to Terrence Malick and Robert Altman for this gorgeously poetic romance-cum-western crime saga.

The Artist and the Model

Spain | 2012 | 105 minutes | Fernando Trueba

In the summer of 1943, an aging sculptor (the legendary Jean Rochefort) in occupied France experiences a creative rebirth when a young Spanish refugee becomes his muse. Nominated for 13 Goya Awards.

Augustine

France | 2012 | 102 minutes | Alice Winocour

Set in Belle Epoque France, Augustine tells the true-life tale of a pioneering 19th century neurologist and the precocious teenage patient whose "hysteria" becomes the star attraction of his practice.

Byzantium

United Kingdom | 2012 | 118 minutes | Neil Jordan

Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan returns to vampire lore with this stylish and haunting gothic thriller about an ageless mother and daughter who reside at the Byzantium Hotel, charming their prey while hiding from a narrow-minded order of ancient ones.

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

United Kingdom | 2012 | 128 minutes | Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's stunningly visual, sexually provocative 16th-century tale is based on the life of the notorious Dutch engraver who tempts the Margrave of Alsace with a business proposition, offering to stage erotic dramatizations of the Old Testament.

The Guillotines

Hong Kong | 2012 | 112 minutes | Andrew Lau

Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) directs this "wuxia" extravaganza in which a fearsome Qing Dynasty assassination squad must contend with the whims of their bloodthirsty new emperor.

The Horde

Russia | 2012 | 128 minutes | Andrei Proshkin

In this exciting and bloody historical epic set in 14th-century Eurasia, Saint Alexius is given a world-defining task: heal the blind mother of the recently deceased Khan, or allow Europe to perish at the hands of the fearsome Mongolian Golden Horde.

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.

Richard III

United Kingdom | 1955 | 161 minutes | Laurence Olivier

Sir Laurence Olivier plays a murderous Richard III, who schemes to steal the throne from his brother, King Edward IV. This Shakespearean tragedy is filled with betrayal, blood, and perhaps the greatest performance of Sir Olivier's career.

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