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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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9 Full Moons

USA | 2013 | 103 minutes | Tomer Almagor

A powerful, brooding love story about the seemingly implausible relationship of two radically different personalities somehow always meant for each other. Set against the hipster music scene of Southern California with a remarkable performance from Amy Seimetz.

Afternoon Delight

USA | 2013 | 108 minutes | Jill Soloway

An attractive, privileged stay-at-home mom lives a seemingly idyllic life. But when she strikes up a peculiar friendship with a nubile young stripper, it calls her own staid existence into question, in this funny and moving portrayal of female midlife crisis.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

USA | 2013 | 105 minutes | David Lowery

A big award-winner at Sundance and a hit at Cannes, a rare honor for an American film, Ain't Them Bodies Saints features young outlaws Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) torn apart after a shootout lands Bob in prison. Palm Springs "Director to Watch" David Lowery has been compared to Terrence Malick and Robert Altman for this gorgeously poetic romance-cum-western crime saga.

C.O.G.

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Kyle Patrick Alvarez

SIFF 2013 Best New American Cinema: Grand Jury Prize

This first film adaptation of David Sedaris' work is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul and the amusing characters he meets as he pursues his Steinbeckian dream—to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon.

Clutter

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Diane Crespo

Laugh legend Carol Kane (Taxi, Annie Hall) headlines this ensemble comedy as an eccentric matriarch forced to clean up her act, and her obsessive hoarding, when the county health department comes calling.

Computer Chess

USA | 2013 | 91 minutes | Andrew Bujalski

This Sundance award-winner by mumblecore comedy pioneer Andrew Bujalski was shot completely on vintage video equipment, lending it a grainy authenticity. Computer Chess returns to circa 1980, where several teams of programmers face off in the ultimate game of mathematical supremacy and the beginnings of AI are heralded with just the right amount of satirical restraint.

Concussion

USA | 2013 | 93 minutes | Stacie Passon

Abby is a forty-something, wealthy, lesbian housewife whose pent-up libido is unleashed after getting smacked in the head by a baseball. She embarks on a double life as a high-end prostitute in this sensual and delicious observation of a midlife crisis.

The East

USA | 2013 | 116 minutes | Zal Batmanglij

Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård star in this taut thriller—produced by Tony and Ridley Scott—about a corporate spy infiltrating an anarchist collective.

Five Dances

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Alan Brown

A coming out tale of an extraordinarily gifted young dancer recently arrived in New York City (Ryan Steele, Broadway's Newsies, West Side Story, and 2013 multi-Tony Nominee Matilda), Five Dances is a visually sensual glimpse of life and first love in New York's downtown contemporary dance world.

The Forgotten Kingdom

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Andrew Mudge

When Atang returns to Lesotho to bury his father, he falls in love with his childhood friend Dineo and reconnects with the mystic landscape and hardships of village life he left behind.

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