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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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About 111 Girls

Iraq | 2012 | 79 minutes | Bijan Zmanpira, Nahid Ghobadi

In this charming, satirical road trip movie an Iranian diplomat travels Kurdistan in response to a letter threatening the collective suicide of 111 young women if they are not provided with eligible suitors. Visually stunning with dreamlike reveries and absurd Beckett-esque humor.

The Act of Killing

Denmark | 2012 | 115 minutes | Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous

Powerful and surreal. For over forty years, the leaders of Indonesian paramilitary death squads have considered their acts of genocide heroic. This flabbergasting documentary follows these notorious murderers as they brazenly re-enact their heinous crimes with B-movie panache.

After Lucia

Mexico | 2012 | 103 minutes | Michel Franco

After his wife's death in a car accident, Roberto moves to Mexico City with his teenage daughter, Alejandra. While father and daughter are inherently close, their repressed grief and lack of communication threatens to unhinge them when she becomes the victim of brutal bullying at school.

After the Battle

France | 2012 | 122 minutes | Yousry Nasrallah

Based on the true story of the horsemen hired by President Mubarak to charge the crowds in Tahrir Square, this vibrant drama captures the personal and political implications of the revolution across Egyptian society.

After Tiller

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Lana Wilson, Martha Shane

In the wake of the assassination of Dr. Tiller, this documentary examines the personal and ethical imperatives that drive the four remaining physicians who continue to perform late-term abortions despite dangerous legal and personal harassment in this thought-provoking and sometimes troubling documentary.

Ali Blue Eyes

Italy | 2012 | 100 minutes | Claudio Giovannesi

A stunning coming-of-age story following sixteen-year-old Nader, a troubled immigrant teenager who desperately wants to fit into Italian youth culture despite his family's insistence that he respect his Egyptian and Muslim roots. Winner Special Jury Prize, Rome Film Festival.

Alive and Well

USA | 2013 | 75 minutes | Josh Taft

The courage and strength of the human spirit are illuminated in this gripping documentary, which follows resilient characters coming to terms with the profound reality of living with the hereditary chronic illness known as Huntington's Disease.

Anita

USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Freida Lee Mock

Twenty years after a poised young law professor sent shockwaves through the nation, Academy Award® winner Freida Mock crystallizes sexist power dynamics, unraveling the lightning-rod moment in Anita Hill's life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America.

The Attack

Lebanon | 2012 | 102 minutes | Ziad Doueiri

The life of a happily married Israeli-Arab physician is upended by a suicide bombing in this powerful psychological thriller based on Yasmina Khadra's internationally acclaimed novel.

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.

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