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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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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.

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.

Ready for Anything

2013 | 86 minutes |

Seven short films about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

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.

The Rocket

Australia | 2013 | 96 minutes | Kim Mordaunt

Set in lush, rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. With help from his friend Kia and uncle Purple, he builds a giant rocket to compete in the dangerous Rocket Festival.

Short Stories

Russia | 2012 | 105 minutes | Mikhail Segal

Short Stories is about a writer and his short story manuscript that finds its way into the lives of the publishers that rejected it. The five stories are a tableau of entertaining ultra-contemporary Russian tales.

ShortsFest Closing Night 2013

2013 | 86 minutes |

SIFF's annual celebration of the short form finishes off with this wonderfully varied program examining the breezy joy and tremendous complexity found in the best short films.

ShortsFest Opening Night 2013

2013 | 87 minutes |

It is our great pleasure to open our ShortsFest weekend with this collection of superb short films from around the world that exemplify the art of storytelling in all its variety. Comedy and drama, live action and animation—these films prove that short is truly sweet.

These Birds Walk

Pakistan | 2012 | 75 minutes | Bassam Tariq, Omar Mullick

The Edhi foundation, founded by humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, gets the documentary treatment in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience about a runaway child and an ambulance driver in Karachi, Pakistan. The film recently won the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award at the Hot Docs Festival, and directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq were featured in Filmmaker Magazine's "The 25 New Faces of Independent Film."

This Is Martin Bonner

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Chad Hartigan

Seattle actor Paul Eenhoorn delivers a stunning performance in this deceptively simple and surprisingly optimistic story of a lonely man who gets a job helping ex-cons transition to civilian life. Winner of the Audience Award for Best of NEXT at Sundance. 

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