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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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Die Welt

Netherlands | 2012 | 80 minutes | Alex Pitstra

A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.

Dirty Wars

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Richard Rowley

Richard Rowley offers a devastating indictment of the covert wars sponsored by the United States government. Based on the investigative reporting of Jeremy Scahill, this documentary sheds light on the darkest secrets of American history.

Dog Flesh

Chile | 2012 | 81 minutes | Fernando Guzzoni

This brooding and intimate study tells the tale of Alejandro, a solitary, fragile, and unpredictably dangerous man paralyzed by the hostility of his past with the Pinochet dictatorship. Winner, Best New Director, San Sebastián Film Festival.

The East

USA | 2013 | 116 minutes | Zal Batmanglij

Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård star in this taut thriller—produced by Tony and Ridley Scott—about a corporate spy infiltrating an anarchist collective.

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington

USA | 2013 | 86 minutes | Riley Morton

Intimate portraits of players in the 2012 campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington State power a thrilling account of the promises and risks of drug reforms.

Filmistaan

India | 2012 | 117 minutes | Nitin Kakkar

In this optimistic comedy, Sunny, an irrepressible Indian wannabe-actor, is mistaken for an American and kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists. Discovering his captors share his love for Bollywood, Sunny finds that cinema is his best escape route.

Forbidden Voices

Switzerland | 2012 | 96 minutes | Barbara Miller

Despite constant resistance, influential cyber feminists from Cuba, China, and Iran keep blogging about abuses in their countries. Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan, and Farnaz Seifi courageously write about political issues under increasing scrutiny from their governments and at the risk of their own lives.

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.

Halima's Path

Croatia | 2012 | 93 minutes | Arsen Anton Ostojic

In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who carries a mysterious connection to her son.

Horses of God

Morocco | 2012 | 115 minutes | Nabil Ayouch

Best Director – Nabil Ayouch: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

An intimate portrait of three young boys growing up on the outskirts of Casablanca. Critically acclaimed at Cannes, this film is a major achievement by one of North Africa's most important filmmakers.

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