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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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Breach in the Silence

Venezuela | 2012 | 90 minutes | Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez

Having suffered her whole life at the hands of her abusive parents, 19-year-old deaf-mute Ana makes a stand, hoping to steal her siblings away in a bid for freedom. Hailed as Venezula's answer to the smash-hit, tear-your-heart-out Precious, brothers Andres and Luis Rodriguez draw on their experiences as social workers to craft this tale of quiet desperation.

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.

Coming Forth by Day

Egypt | 2012 | 96 minutes | Hala Lotfy

An exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, Hala Lotfy makes her debut with Coming Forth by Day. The daily struggles of a mother and daughter are a far cry from the riots of Tahrir Square, but offer equally compelling insight into Egyptian society today.

Die Welt

Netherlands | 2012 | 80 minutes | Alex Pitstra

A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.

Fatal

South Korea | 2012 | 103 minutes | Lee Don-ku

This hard-hitting South Korean drama centers on a 28-year-old man who, ten years earlier, participated in a violent act against a classmate. Attempting to seek forgiveness without confessing his role in her adolescent trauma, guilty Sung-gong forms a relationship with his victim, with unexpected consequences.

Fuck Up

Norway | 2012 | 100 minutes | Øystein Karlsen

When his buddy fatally crashes his car into a moose, the titular Jack must recover two and a half kilos of cocaine before it's too late in this darkly comic Norwegian crime caper.

Harmony Lessons

Kazakhstan | 2013 | 110 minutes | Emir Baigazin

SIFF 2013 Best New Director: Grand Jury Prize

A stark, surreal, strange, and entirely riveting tale of a marginalized teenage boy. Young Kazakh director Emir Baigazin's accomplished debut creates a poetic and mature study of school bullying and the strength of the survival instinct in a small town in rural Kazakhstan.

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.

Love Is in the Air

France | 2013 | 96 minutes | Alexandre Castagnetti

On a flight from New York to Paris, exes Julie and Antoine are seated side-by-side for the first time since their break-up, and relive the lows, and highs, of their past. Make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened for this breezy romantic comedy.

The Plague

Spain | 2013 | 85 minutes | Neus Ballús

A vividly shot slice of life docudrama set in the distant suburbs of Barcelona, this heavy but hopeful film follows five interconnected Catalonians, including a wrestler and a farmer, as they struggle with personal and economic difficulties.

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