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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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Prince Avalanche

USA | 2013 | 94 minutes | David Gordon Green

Stern, meditative Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend's insecure brother, Lance (Emile Hirsch), spend the summer together repainting traffic lines on country highway in this exquisitely crafted existential odd-couple comedy, a true return for David Gordon Green to the style of his early indie films George Washington and All the Real Girls.

Putzel

USA | 2012 | 88 minutes | Jason Chaet

Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein grew up in his family's smoked fish emporium in Manhattan. He never left home, content to live the rest of his life without leaving the Upper West Side—ever!—that is, until he meets Sally in this bittersweet romantic comedy.

Short Term 12

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Destin Daniel Cretton

The film follows Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace is a formidable caretaker as she deals with her own difficult past in this authentic film of heart and humor.

A Song Still Inside

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Gregory Collins

Unwilling to sacrifice for each other, new parents Maggie and Michael must decide whether or not they are able to set aside their budding acting careers for their offspring. An intimate exploration of evolving gender roles and the modern work/family dilemma.

Stuck in Love

USA | 2012 | 97 minutes | Josh Boone

In this tour-de-force comedy of manners, the clannish Borgens deny that mom—the Anna Karenina of the 'burbs—has abandoned them and cope in all the wrong ways instead of dealing honestly with the inevitable losses that life throws at us.

A Teacher

USA | 2013 | 75 minutes | Hannah Fidell

In the midst of a torrid sexual affair with one of her underage students, Austin-based high school English teacher Diana's carefully constructed life begins to unravel.

Teddy Bears

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Rebecca Fishman, Thomas Beatty

Andrew, despondent over the death of his mother, and his girlfriend invite their best friends for a desert retreat of emotional healing--via a surprise therapeutic orgy. Once this absurd and troubling request is revealed, their bonds begin to fracture in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

Test

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Chris Mason Johnson

San Francisco, 1985. Two opposites attract at a modern dance company. Together, their courage and resilience are tested as they navigate a world full of risks and promise, against the backdrop of a disease no one seems to know anything about.

This Is Martin Bonner

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Chad Hartigan

Seattle actor Paul Eenhoorn delivers a stunning performance in this deceptively simple and surprisingly optimistic story of a lonely man who gets a job helping ex-cons transition to civilian life. Winner of the Audience Award for Best of NEXT at Sundance. 

What Maisie Knew

USA | 2012 | 93 minutes | David Siegel, Scott McGehee

Precocious six-year-old Maisie develops an understanding of emotional warfare, as her self-absorbed parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) use her as ammunition against each other during their divorce and subsequent remarriages. A modern New York City version of Henry James's 1897 novel.

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