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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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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Pratibha Parmar

This documentary examines the life of author Alice Walker, who became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple in 1983. Director Pratibha Parmar focuses on Walker’s inspirational upbringing during years of violent social changes, and her political and social activism.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Belgium, United Kingdom, North Korea | 2012 | 83 minutes | Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner, Gwang Hun Kim

The first Western-financed fiction feature made entirely in North Korea, Comrade Kim Goes Flying is the winning story of a young female coal miner who dreams of becoming a trapeze artist.

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

United Kingdom | 2012 | 128 minutes | Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's stunningly visual, sexually provocative 16th-century tale is based on the life of the notorious Dutch engraver who tempts the Margrave of Alsace with a business proposition, offering to stage erotic dramatizations of the Old Testament.

Improvement Club

USA | 2013 | 98 minutes | Dayna Hanson

A hybrid narrative film with doses of mockumentary, musical comedy, and dance tracing a rag-tag Seattle performance group’s attempt to expose the American Revolution’s fatal flaws. Loosely based on the making of director Dayna Hanson’s real-life performance, "Gloria’s Cause," this film is gorgeously shot by award-winning local cinematographer Ben Kasulke.

The Little Tin Man

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Matthew Perkins

Tired of being overlooked for bigger roles, a struggling dwarf actor sets out to be cast as the Tin Man in Martin Scorsese's interpretation of The Wizard of Oz. World Premiere

Peaches Does Herself

Germany | 2012 | 80 minutes | Peaches

Artist, provocateur, and electro-rock goddess Peaches brings her sensational stage show—which she calls a jukebox musical with a sex change—to the big screen for a no-holds-barred, operatic, neo-queer extravaganza channeled through the wild, pumping, sexually skewed fibers of Peaches's unstoppable imagination.

Richard III

United Kingdom | 1955 | 161 minutes | Laurence Olivier

Sir Laurence Olivier plays a murderous Richard III, who schemes to steal the throne from his brother, King Edward IV. This Shakespearean tragedy is filled with betrayal, blood, and perhaps the greatest performance of Sir Olivier's career.

Spark: A Burning Man Story

USA | 2013 | 94 minutes | Jessie Deeter, Steve Brown

Burning Man attracts 60,000 participants to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every August. Go behind the curtain as participants and organizers struggle to balance their guiding principles with the event’s ever-growing popularity in this entertaining exposé.

Stories We Tell

Canada | 2012 | 108 minutes | Sarah Polley

An inspired, moving, and personal documentary film from writer and director Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) in which she explores her family's secrets and the varying narratives that each member has created to explain their tangled past.