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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.

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.

Ali

Spain | 2012 | 86 minutes | Paco R. Baños

In this delightfully quirky coming-of-age comedy, 18-year-old Ali is afraid of driving and of falling in love, which gets complicated when Julio comes on the scene. Ages 13+

Before Snowfall

Norway | 2012 | 105 minutes | Hisham Zaman

When his older sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage, Siyar tracks her from Kurdistan to Istanbul where a fateful encounter with a young girl creates cracks in his resolve. A dazzling drama that tackles notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. 

Between Valleys

Brazil | 2012 | 80 minutes | Philippe Barcinski

Vicente leads a normal life at home and at work until one loss after another leads him on an erratic journey towards alienation. A quietly ambitious look at the fragility of man's control of his destiny.

Breach in the Silence

Venezuela | 2012 | 90 minutes | Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez

Having suffered her whole life at the hands of her abusive parents, 19-year-old deaf-mute Ana makes a stand, hoping to steal her siblings away in a bid for freedom. Hailed as Venezula's answer to the smash-hit, tear-your-heart-out Precious, brothers Andres and Luis Rodriguez draw on their experiences as social workers to craft this tale of quiet desperation.

Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari

Russia | 2012 | 106 minutes | Alexsei Fedorchenko

From Aleksey Fedorchenko, the director of Silent Souls, comes a wholly original, humorous, beautiful folk tale—told in the native tongue of the nature worshipping Mari—about 22 strong independent women whose names all begin with the letter O.

Children of Sarajevo

Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2012 | 90 minutes | Aida Begic

A determined young girl struggles to keep her younger brother on the right side of the tracks and out of the hands of social services (and the police) in this heart-wrenching drama set against the war-scarred landscape of Sarajevo.

¡Cinema Magnifico!

Spain | 2013 | 87 minutes |

Lovers' secret codes, a wondrously surreal recital, and a haunted Brooklyn apartment—come discover the accomplished and eclectic range of work found in Spanish short cinema today.

The Cleaner

Peru | 2012 | 95 minutes | Adrian Saba

During a mysterious epidemic in Perù set sometime in the near future, Eusebio cleans up after the dying. When he finds a frightened young boy who has lost his mother, he's quietly transformed in this gently haunted and affecting study of social alienation and redemption.

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