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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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My Dog Killer

Slovakia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Mira Fornay

Fornay’s second feature follows a day in the life of 18-year-old Marek who lives on the Slovak-Moravian border. Marek’s best friend and only confidant is his dog as he deals with the hooliganism of his skinhead friends and his single father.

Orange Honey

Spain | 2012 | 100 minutes | Imanol Uribe

A chilling political thriller from acclaimed director Imanol Uribe. Set in the 1950s, it follows Enrique, a conflicted stenographer for a fascist judge who struggles with morality, loyalty, and which side to be on when he witnesses the execution of his mother's doctor.

Our Nixon

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Penny Lane

SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Grand Jury Prize

This all-archival documentary, constructed from Super8 footage shot by three White House aides (Watergate conspirators Ehrlichman, Haldeman, and Chapin), creates an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency, as it has never been seen before.

Out in the Dark

Israel | 2012 | 96 minutes | Michael Mayer

When closeted gay Palestinian student Nimr falls in love with Roy, an out Israeli lawyer, their relationship is tested by the politically fraught turmoil of their respective homelands.

The Pardon

Rwanda | 2013 | 73 minutes | Joel Karekezi

Bridging narrative simplicity and emotional depth, first-time Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi showcases friends who are on opposing sides of the Rwandan genocide. Years later, they must navigate their horrific past toward an emotional future.

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

United Kingdom | 2012 | 134 minutes | Sophie Fiennes

This film is the fun philosophy course you wish you could have taken in college—loaded with clips from classic films, and starring sly philosophical provocateur Slavoj Zizek.

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.”

Redemption Street

Serbia | 2012 | 97 minutes | Miroslav Terzic

A post-war thriller set in Belgrade. A young lawyer wants to prove himself with his first important case. Naively he shakes too many skeletons from the post-war closet, exposing himself and his family to danger.

The Repentant

Algeria | 2012 | 87 minutes | Merzak Allouache

Nearly a decade into the country's civil war, a young Algerian jihadist takes advantage of a national amnesty to leave the mountains and rejoin civil society. But the past is not so easily set aside. A beautifully made, deeply felt drama from a veteran director.

A Respectable Family

Iran | 2012 | 90 minutes | Massoud Bakhshi

Move over, Sopranos. A college professor returns home to Iran after 22 years—only to get embroiled in illicit dealings masterminded by his family in this post-Revolution psychological drama.

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