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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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Mercy

Germany | 2012 | 132 minutes | Matthias Glasner

After immigrating to coastal Norway, a German family’s idyllic life is threatened when a car accident claims the life of a local teenager in this beautifully photographed drama.

My Dog Killer

Slovakia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Mira Fornay

Fornay’s second feature follows a day in the life of 18-year-old Marek who lives on the Slovak-Moravian border. Marek’s best friend and only confidant is his dog as he deals with the hooliganism of his skinhead friends and his single father.

Naked Harbour

Finland | 2012 | 123 minutes | Aku Louhimies

In a series of hard-hitting parallel stories, Finnish director Aku Louhimies does the same for Helsinki as Alejandro González Iñárritu's Amores Perros does for Mexico City.  

Nightfall

Hong Kong | 2012 | 107 minutes | Roy Chow

In this stylish Hong Kong noir thriller, obsession leads to violence when an ex-con torments the family of the famous musician instrumental in his 20-year incarceration.

Northwest

Denmark | 2013 | 100 minutes | Michael Noer

In this compelling neorealist Danish thriller, small-time burglar Casper attempts upward mobility within the Copenhagen crime world, only to ignite a violent turf war.

Orange Honey

Spain | 2012 | 100 minutes | Imanol Uribe

A chilling political thriller from acclaimed director Imanol Uribe. Set in the 1950s, it follows Enrique, a conflicted stenographer for a fascist judge who struggles with morality, loyalty, and which side to be on when he witnesses the execution of his mother's doctor.

Our Children

Belgium | 2012 | 111 minutes | Joachim Lafosse

With a story ripped from the headlines and a gut-wrenching performance from Emilie Dequenne, Belgium's Academy Award® submission offers an intimate look at one family's devastating spiral towards tragedy.

Out in the Dark

Israel | 2012 | 96 minutes | Michael Mayer

When closeted gay Palestinian student Nimr falls in love with Roy, an out Israeli lawyer, their relationship is tested by the politically fraught turmoil of their respective homelands.

Paradise: Faith

Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

The second film of the trilogy explores religious fanaticism as self-flagellating missionary Anna Maria finds that her summer devoted to spreading the gospel is disrupted by the sudden return of her paraplegic Muslim husband, who aggressively attempts to shatter her beliefs.

Paradise: Hope

Austria | 2013 | 90 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

So her mother and aunt can leave on summer excursions, 13-year-old Melanie is shipped off to weight loss camp. There she makes unexpected new friendships, talks about sex, and develops a mad crush on the handsome camp doctor, in this surprisingly tender conclusion to the Paradise trilogy.

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