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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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More Than Honey

Germany | 2012 | 90 minutes | Markus Imhoof

With dazzling nature photography, Academy Award®–nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) takes a global examination of endangered honeybees—spanning California, Switzerland, China and Australia—more ambitious than any previous work on the topic.

Mother of George

USA | 2013 | 106 minutes | Andrew Dosunmu

This vibrant feature follows the lives of Nigerian-American newlyweds, Adenike and Ayodele, as they navigate their new lives in New York City. Nigerian tradition and pressure to conceive a child give way to new cosmopolitan temptations as Adenike discovers life outside of being a housewife.

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.

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.

Paradise: Faith

Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

The second film of the trilogy explores religious fanaticism as self-flagellating missionary Anna Maria finds that her summer devoted to spreading the gospel is disrupted by the sudden return of her paraplegic Muslim husband, who aggressively attempts to shatter her beliefs.

Paradise: Hope

Austria | 2013 | 90 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

So her mother and aunt can leave on summer excursions, 13-year-old Melanie is shipped off to weight loss camp. There she makes unexpected new friendships, talks about sex, and develops a mad crush on the handsome camp doctor, in this surprisingly tender conclusion to the Paradise trilogy.

Paradise: Love

Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

With a blend of realism, social commentary, and warped humor, Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy tells the stories of three women each at a turning point. Paradise: Love travels with 50-year-old hausfrau Teresa as she becomes a "Sugar Mama" sex tourist, buying favors from Kenyan beach boys.

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 Plague

Spain | 2013 | 85 minutes | Neus Ballús

A vividly shot slice of life docudrama set in the distant suburbs of Barcelona, this heavy but hopeful film follows five interconnected Catalonians, including a wrestler and a farmer, as they struggle with personal and economic difficulties.

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.

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