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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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Phase IV

USA | 1974 | 92 minutes | Saul Bass

In this visionary piece of '70s cinematic science fiction, the only feature-length film directed by the legendary Oscar®-winning graphic designer Saul Bass, two scientists wage a war against a rapidly evolving ant colony. Presented in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Pieta

South Korea | 2012 | 104 minutes | Kim Ki-duk

In Kim Ki-duk's brilliant but disturbing psychological study, a cold-blooded loan shark reconsiders his brutal lifestyle when a mysterious woman arrives and claims to be his long-lost mother. Warning: this film contains explicit scenes that some viewers may find offensive.

Pit Stop

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Yen Tan

The parallel stories of two gay men are told in this exploration of the complex and often overlooked lives of gay men in small-town, rural America.

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.

Populaire

France | 2012 | 111 minutes | Régis Roinsard

Saturday Night Film & Party | Party at Il Fornaio with fashion by Oska follows the screening. – May 18

Rose is a terrible secretary but a fantastic typist, so her boss resolves to make her the fastest typist in the world. Set in 1958, this French rom-com combines a Mad Men aesthetic with an I Love Lucy sensibility.

Port of Shadows

France | 1938 | 91 minutes | Marcel Carné

In legendary filmmaker Marcel Carné's classic 1938 crime drama, army deserter Jean gets wrapped up in sordid romance and vicious blackmail in a French port city. A masterpiece of cinematography and characterization.

Prince Avalanche

USA | 2013 | 94 minutes | David Gordon Green

Stern, meditative Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend's insecure brother, Lance (Emile Hirsch), spend the summer together repainting traffic lines on country highway in this exquisitely crafted existential odd-couple comedy, a true return for David Gordon Green to the style of his early indie films George Washington and All the Real Girls.

The Punk Singer

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Sini Anderson

Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle

Feminism, punk music, and rare archival footage slam together in this blazing history of riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), featuring interviews including Joan Jett and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Russia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner

This documentary tells an important story of protest, suppression, and three young women—Nadia, Masha, and Katia—members of the feminist punk-rock collective, Pussy Riot, who face years in prison for their 40-second political performance piece “Punk Prayer.”

Putzel

USA | 2012 | 88 minutes | Jason Chaet

Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein grew up in his family's smoked fish emporium in Manhattan. He never left home, content to live the rest of his life without leaving the Upper West Side—ever!—that is, until he meets Sally in this bittersweet romantic comedy.

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