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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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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.”

Red Obsession

Australia | 2012 | 75 minutes | David Roach, Warwick Ross

France's Bordeaux region is renowned for its coveted wine, but shifts in the global marketplace mean that Oenophiles in China are buying up the limited product, causing the price of Bordeaux to skyrocket.

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.

Remote Area Medical

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Farihah Zaman, Jeff Reichert

Remote Area Medical, about a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free healthcare to those without insurance, observes the program's volunteers and its recipients over three long days at Virginia's Bristol Motor Speedway.

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.

A River Changes Course

Cambodia | 2013 | 83 minutes | Kalyanee Mam

Shot over two years, Kalyanee Mam returns to her homeland to document three families and they contend with the ever-changing economy and industry of modern Cambodia in this impressionistic and beautifully constructed portrait of life.

Sadourni's Butterflies

Argentina | 2012 | 94 minutes | Dario Nardi

A surrealistic melodrama about a circus dwarf jailed for a crime of passion addresses identity, alienation, and daring to dream. Director Dario Nardi’s strange and magical movie, reminiscent of film noir and German expressionism, is utterly captivating.

Salma

United Kingdom | 2013 | 89 minutes | Kim Longinotto

When Salma, a young aspiring poet in South India, reached puberty, her parents locked her away. Twenty-five years later, Salma has fought her way back to the outside world in this beautiful, poignant, and powerful portrait of women in India.

Sand Fishers

Mali | 2012 | 72 minutes | Samouté Andrey Diarra

Having lost their jobs due to climate change and overfishing, a group of fishermen have been dubbed Sand Fishers, and now harvest wet compact sand and gravel from the bottom of waterways for use by the construction industry.

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