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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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Thailand | 2012 | 68 minutes | Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

When her hard drive breaks, taking with it a year’s worth of work, film location scout Sai sets out to recapture the missing photos and memories of an unrequited love. Told entirely over 36 static shots.

Aayna Ka Bayna

India | 2012 | 94 minutes | Samit Kakkad

In this kinetic mash-up of the Step Up films and the musical Moulin Rouge, nine Marathi Indian boys living in an oppressive juvenile home challenge their circumstances by banding together to enter a prominent dance competition. Explosive, innovative, and crowd-pleasing fun.

The African Cypher

South Africa | 2012 | 89 minutes | Bryan Little

A survey of the extraordinary street dance styles across South Africa, director Bryan Little's award-winning documentary drills deeper into the philosophy of the dancer's self-expression and, especially, the souls of two extraordinary young performers. Ages 13+

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.

The Artist and the Model

Spain | 2012 | 105 minutes | Fernando Trueba

In the summer of 1943, an aging sculptor (the legendary Jean Rochefort) in occupied France experiences a creative rebirth when a young Spanish refugee becomes his muse. Nominated for 13 Goya Awards.

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Eric Slade, Stephen Silha

Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9

This vibrant and joyful documentary chronicles the life of experimental filmmaker, poet, and queer activist James Broughton from the mid-century San Francisco Renaissance to his death in 1999.

Breathing Earth

Germany | 2012 | 93 minutes | Thomas Riedelsheimer

Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) explores the world of Japanese artist Susumu Shingu, who dreams of a place where sustainability and art collide, creating a wind-powered home where his graceful wind and water sculptures can breathe with the earth. 

Celluloid Man

India | 2012 | 150 minutes | Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

Award-winning director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur celebrates India’s film heritage in this masterful documentary about the rise of the National Film Archive of India and its obsessively passionate founder P.K. Nair.

Cutie and the Boxer

USA | 2013 | 81 minutes | Zachary Heinzerling

This film about the creative process, aging, and marriage is also a candid New York love story that explores the four-decade marriage of painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, as she seeks an identity of her own as an artist.

Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

USA | 2012 | 98 minutes | Brad Bernstein

A smattering of 20th century history and original animation illuminate the story of Tomi Ungerer, whose children’s books, provocative political art, and erotica are all served with a dose of dark humor, hilarious frankness, and memories of Nazi occupation.

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