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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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Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari

Russia | 2012 | 106 minutes | Alexsei Fedorchenko

From Aleksey Fedorchenko, the director of Silent Souls, comes a wholly original, humorous, beautiful folk tale—told in the native tongue of the nature worshipping Mari—about 22 strong independent women whose names all begin with the letter O.

Children of Sarajevo

Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2012 | 90 minutes | Aida Begic

A determined young girl struggles to keep her younger brother on the right side of the tracks and out of the hands of social services (and the police) in this heart-wrenching drama set against the war-scarred landscape of Sarajevo.

Circles

Serbia | 2013 | 112 minutes | Srdan Golubovic

Based on actual events, a soldier's father, a surgeon, and a widow struggle with the aftermath of Serbian violence in this three-part tale of memory, revenge, and redemption.

The Cleaner

Peru | 2012 | 95 minutes | Adrian Saba

During a mysterious epidemic in Perù set sometime in the near future, Eusebio cleans up after the dying. When he finds a frightened young boy who has lost his mother, he's quietly transformed in this gently haunted and affecting study of social alienation and redemption.

Closed Curtain

Iran | 2013 | 106 minutes | Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi- banned from filmmaking for "anti-government propaganda"-explores his own experience of house arrest in this engrossing, fictional drama about life and art in political hiding.

Cold War

Hong Kong | 2012 | 102 minutes | Longman Leung, Sunny Luk

After a high-tech police van is hijacked off Hong Kong's gleaming streets, two Deputy Commissioners clash over how to handle the crisis. Tense, thrilling and sleekly lensed, Cold War offers a politically tinged cop drama that's suspenseful from start to finish.

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.

Crystal Fairy

Chile | 2013 | 98 minutes | Sebastian Silva

Set against Chile’s Atacama Desert, Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann headline this wild and psychedelic comedy about a drug-addled American and a neo-hippie searching for a hallucinatory cactus.

The Deep

Iceland | 2012 | 95 minutes | Baltasar Kormákur

Based on an astonishing true incident, The Deep fashions a modern-day everyman myth about the sole survivor of a shipwreck, whose superhuman will to survive made him both an inexplicable scientific phenomenon and a national hero.

Doch (The Daughter)

Russia | 2012 | 110 minutes | Alexander Kasatkin, Natalia Nazarova

A hauntingly beautiful crime drama with Dostoevskian overtones in which a serial killer targets teen girls in a small town. Forces of faith, law, and paternalism collide with a young woman's awakening, in spite of the ominous circumstances.

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