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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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Haute Cuisine

France | 2012 | 95 minutes | Christian Vincent

Based on the true story of the personal chef to former French president François Mitterrand, Haute Cuisine uses the politically charged kitchen and corridors of the Élysée Palace as an exquisite backdrop for a nonstop parade of mouthwatering dishes in this deliciously French comedy.

Here Comes the Devil

Mexico | 2012 | 97 minutes | Adrián García Bogliano

A couple is relieved when their children return after disappearing near some mysterious caves while on vacation in Tijuana—but it soon becomes clear that a terrible change has taken place within them in this sublime chiller.

A Hijacking

Denmark | 2012 | 99 minutes | Tobias Lindholm

Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations—and an escalating potential for explosive violence—in Tobias Lindholm's grittily authentic thriller.

The Horde

Russia | 2012 | 128 minutes | Andrei Proshkin

In this exciting and bloody historical epic set in 14th-century Eurasia, Saint Alexius is given a world-defining task: heal the blind mother of the recently deceased Khan, or allow Europe to perish at the hands of the fearsome Mongolian Golden Horde.

House With a Turret

Ukraine | 2012 | 81 minutes | Eva Neymann

This b&w wartime drama unfolds in Soviet Russia as an eight-year-old boy travels back to Ukraine from Moscow with his sick mother. Eva Neymann's touching second film creates a stunning visual journey into a country covered in snow and left poor by war.

The Hunt

Denmark | 2012 | 111 minutes | Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance as an innocent man accused of child molestation in this ferociously powerful new film by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration). 

I Kori (The Daughter)

Greece | 2012 | 87 minutes | Thanos Anastopoulos

Reeling from her father’s disappearance during Greece’s recent financial meltdown, 14-year-old Myrto kidnaps the son of her father’s former business partner in this claustrophobic drama.

Imagine

Poland | 2012 | 105 minutes | Andrzej Jakimowski

In this remarkable and captivating film, a young blind man who can envision the landscape through which he walks takes a similarly afflicted woman under his wing, and they venture into the beautiful (and perilous) streets of Lisbon.

In the Fog

Germany | 2012 | 128 minutes | Sergei Loznitsa

In this eerie, dreamlike WWII drama, a partisan suspected of being a traitor is apprehended and taken out into the woods to be executed—but as the night fog closes in, the difference between darkness and light (and innocence and guilt) becomes ever more murky.

In the Name Of

Poland | 2013 | 101 minutes | Malgoska Szumowska

The magnetic Andrzej Chyra (Decalogue IV, Katyn) plays Father Adam, a lonely but loving and kind priest in the Polish countryside struggling with his sexuality in this artfully rendered, unpredictable, and emotional film.

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