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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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Augustine

France | 2012 | 102 minutes | Alice Winocour

Set in Belle Epoque France, Augustine tells the true-life tale of a pioneering 19th century neurologist and the precocious teenage patient whose "hysteria" becomes the star attraction of his practice.

Before Snowfall

Norway | 2012 | 105 minutes | Hisham Zaman

When his older sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage, Siyar tracks her from Kurdistan to Istanbul where a fateful encounter with a young girl creates cracks in his resolve. A dazzling drama that tackles notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. 

Between Valleys

Brazil | 2012 | 80 minutes | Philippe Barcinski

Vicente leads a normal life at home and at work until one loss after another leads him on an erratic journey towards alienation. A quietly ambitious look at the fragility of man's control of his destiny.

Bitch Hug

Sweden | 2012 | 97 minutes | Andreas Öhman

In order to save face after missing her flight to New York, Swedish high school graduate Kristin concocts a scheme to write about her "travels" from the safety of a friend's country house in this heart-warming, humor-infused drama.

Breach in the Silence

Venezuela | 2012 | 90 minutes | Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez

Having suffered her whole life at the hands of her abusive parents, 19-year-old deaf-mute Ana makes a stand, hoping to steal her siblings away in a bid for freedom. Hailed as Venezula's answer to the smash-hit, tear-your-heart-out Precious, brothers Andres and Luis Rodriguez draw on their experiences as social workers to craft this tale of quiet desperation.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium | 2013 | 100 minutes | Felix van Groeningen

Set to a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, tattooist Elise and America-obsessed cowboy Didier fall in love, only to later have their happiness tested when their daughter falls ill. Based on the play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels.

Bwakaw

Philippines | 2012 | 110 minutes | Jun Robles Lana

One of the year's most charming surprises, this life-affirming comic drama stars veteran Filipino superstar Eddie Garcia as Rene, an elderly, hilariously cantankerous gay man coming out of his shell late in life.

Bypass

Spain | 2012 | 94 minutes | Aitor Mazo, Patxo Telleria

In this comedy of errors, Xavi pretends to reciprocate the romantic longings of Maria in order to cheer her up following a diagnosis of a terminal illness. But when her health improves, Xavi must balance this new relationship with that of his girlfriend.

Byzantium

United Kingdom | 2012 | 118 minutes | Neil Jordan

Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan returns to vampire lore with this stylish and haunting gothic thriller about an ageless mother and daughter who reside at the Byzantium Hotel, charming their prey while hiding from a narrow-minded order of ancient ones.

Camion

Canada (Québec) | 2012 | 95 minutes | Rafaël Ouellet

When a sixty-year-old truck driver gets in a head-on collision, his quiet life is suddenly thrown into a tailspin. A finely crafted drama about a working-class family that reconnects in the wake of an accident. Winner, Best Director and Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

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