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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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Filmistaan

India | 2012 | 117 minutes | Nitin Kakkar

In this optimistic comedy, Sunny, an irrepressible Indian wannabe-actor, is mistaken for an American and kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists. Discovering his captors share his love for Bollywood, Sunny finds that cinema is his best escape route.

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.

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.

The Guillotines

Hong Kong | 2012 | 112 minutes | Andrew Lau

Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) directs this "wuxia" extravaganza in which a fearsome Qing Dynasty assassination squad must contend with the whims of their bloodthirsty new emperor.

Harana

Philippines | 2012 | 104 minutes | Benito Bautista

U.S.-based classical guitarist Florante Aguilar journeys back to his Filipino roots to search for the lost voices of harana, a traditional Filipino form of serenade. He gathers the three remaining master haranistas, bringing this fading culture back to life.

Kalpana

India | 1948 | 160 minutes | Uday Shankar

An unsung gem upon its 1948 release, this black-and-white Indian ballet stars writer/director Uday Shankar (brother of Ravi Shankar) as a dance academy proprietor torn between two women. Stunning restoration by the World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Key of Life

Japan | 2012 | 128 minutes | Kenji Uchida

Japan's master of screwball comedy Kenji Uchida returns with this cynical and hilarious tale about a failed actor who switches identities with a stranger at a bath house—only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.

The Land of Hope

Japan | 2012 | 133 minutes | Sion Sono

Based on the events following the 2011 Tōhoku disaster, a multigenerational rural family is forced to make impossible choices and painful decisions in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and the resulting nuclear fallout.

A Man Vanishes

Japan | 1967 | 130 minutes | Shôhei Imamura

A brilliantly layered documentary masterpiece from 1967, New Wave Japanese director Shohei Imamura investigates a seemingly commonplace occurrence in Japanese society: the disappearance of hundreds of ordinary people. 

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