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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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Closed Curtain

Iran | 2013 | 106 minutes | Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi- banned from filmmaking for "anti-government propaganda"-explores his own experience of house arrest in this engrossing, fictional drama about life and art in political hiding.

Coming Forth by Day

Egypt | 2012 | 96 minutes | Hala Lotfy

An exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, Hala Lotfy makes her debut with Coming Forth by Day. The daily struggles of a mother and daughter are a far cry from the riots of Tahrir Square, but offer equally compelling insight into Egyptian society today.

Die Welt

Netherlands | 2012 | 80 minutes | Alex Pitstra

A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.

Everyday Revelations

2012 | 86 minutes |

This program encourages us to take a look at our surroundings, and see the many things that can go unnoticed. 

The Forgotten Kingdom

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Andrew Mudge

When Atang returns to Lesotho to bury his father, he falls in love with his childhood friend Dineo and reconnects with the mystic landscape and hardships of village life he left behind.

Full Circle

China | 2012 | 104 minutes | Zhang Yang

A group of irrepressible senior citizens living in a nursing home in China experience renewed, youthful energy when they decide to compete in a televised acting and variety show competition.

Gay By Any Means

2013 | 83 minutes |

From life in a possible future to the issues being faced here and now, staying in the closet is not an option for the men in these intriguing and touching stories.

Go Grandriders

Taiwan | 2012 | 75 minutes | Tien-hau Hua

This box office smash from Taiwan follows 17 senior citizens who travel the island by scooter, delighting in the journey and their own achievement all the way.

The Great Passage

Japan | 2013 | 133 minutes | Yûya Ishii

Tasked with helping to edit a new dictionary known as “The Great Passage,” Mitsuya finds himself distracted by his landlord’s beautiful granddaughter in this kindhearted tribute to the power of words.

Halima's Path

Croatia | 2012 | 93 minutes | Arsen Anton Ostojic

In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who carries a mysterious connection to her son.

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