39th SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS PREMIERES WEEK

North American Festival Premiere of The Bling Ring to Close Festival

6/6/2013 | Seattle International Film Festival
By: Jessica Marx | 206.315.0683 | jessica.marx@siff.net

SEATTLE (JUNE 6, 2013) It's Premieres Week for the 39th Seattle International Film Festival, which will kick off the grand finale of the Festival with a series of premieres, screenings, and events, including the North American festival premiere of "The Bling Ring," with cast members Israel Broussard and Katie Chang scheduled to attend.

Fourteen out of the Festival's 62 world, North American, and US premieres have been selected as part of Premieres Week, along with 38 other films from the total 272 feature films being presented throughout the entirety of SIFF 2013. In addition, SIFF will include 10 films from its inaugural African Pictures Program, highlighting films from across the continent and supported in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

On June 9, the Festival will announce the SIFF 2013 Competition and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards.


WORLD PREMIERES
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9 Full Moons

Talent available: director Tomer Almagor (6/4 - 6/9 for in-person and phone interviews)
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 by Amy Seimetz. Director Tomer Almagor scheduled to attend.
JUNE 6 | 7:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 8 | 1:45 PM | HARVARD EXIT

Clutter
Laugh legend Carol Kane 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.
JUNE 7 | 7:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 9 | 11:30 AM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN

Test
Talent available: director Chris Mason Johnson (6/6 - 6/9 for phone and in-person interviews)
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.
JUNE 7 | 7:00 PM | HARVARD EXIT
JUNE 9 | 1:30 PM | HARVARD EXIT


MORE WORLD PREMIERES AT SIFF 2013
Evergreen: the Road to Legalization in Washington 
Talent available: director Riley Morton; producers Nils Cowen, Jason Reid, and Adam Brown (6/3 - 6/8 for phone and in-person interviews)
Spud 2: the Madness Continues 


NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES:

The Bling Ring: North American Festival Premiere
Talent available: actors Israel Broussard and Katie Chang (6/8 - 6/10 for phone and in-person interviews)
Five celebrity-obsessed teens barrel through the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles, illegally pilfering the goods of the rich and famous in Sofia Coppola's bitingly funny satire with a razor-sharp edge. Actors Israel Broussard and Katie Chang scheduled to attend.
CLOSING NIGHT GALA: JUNE 9 | 6:30 PM | CINERAMA

Ali
Talent available: director Paco Banos (6/5 - 6/12 for phone and in-person interviews)
In this delightfully quirky coming-of-age comedy, 18-year-old Ali is afraid of driving and of falling in love, which gets complicated when Julio comes on the scene. Director Paco R. Banos scheduled to attend.
JUNE 6 | 7:00 PM | HARVARD EXIT
JUNE 8 | 11:00 AM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN

Bitch Hug
In order to save face after missing her flight to New York, Swedish high school graduate Kristin concocts a scheme to write about her "travels" from the safety of a friend's country house in this heart-warming, humor-infused drama.
JUNE 8 | 9:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 9 | 3:30 PM | PACIFIC PLACE

Eden
Dazed and vulnerable following the sudden death of her husband, heavily pregnant Karine becomes involved in the cultish "Church of Éden." The church's domineering pastor takes her under his wing as a religious ambassador in this sinister and stylish Brazilian drama.
JUNE 7 | 10:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 8 | 2:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN


The Girl with Nine Wigs
Talent available: subject/author Sophie van der Stap and actress Lisa Tomaschewsky (6/5 - 6/9 for phone and in-person interviews)
Based on the bestselling novel. 21-year-old Sophie has just started her studies when she is diagnosed with cancer. Though her world is turned upside-down, nine individual wigs become Sophie's elixir of life in this true story. Actor Lisa Tomaschewsky and subject Sophie van der Stap scheduled to attend.
JUNE 7 | 3:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN


Last Flight to Abuja
Talent available: director Obi Emelonye (6/6 - 6/10 for phone and in-person interviews)
An ill-fated flight provides the setting for this suspenseful multi-character pot-boiler filled with romance, blackmail, and murder in Obi Emelonye's Nollywood box-office smash.
JUNE 8 | 5:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 9 | 12:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN

Low Profile
After a fresh breakup with his wife, Yvan decides to leave Paris and start a new life -- except that he finds himself stuck with the son his wife had with another man. With great performances by Vanessa Paradis and Denis Menochet and an uplifting acoustic indie soundtrack. Director Cecilia Rouaud scheduled to attend.
JUNE 8 | 6:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 9 | 11:00 AM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN

MORE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES AT SIFF 2013:

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CAPTURING DAD 
CELESTIAL WIVES OF MEADOW MARI 
CLOSED CURTAIN
COMRADE PRESIDENT Talent available: director Mosco Kamwendo (6/5 - 6/8 for phone and in-person interviews)
FATAL Talent available: director Lee Don-ku (6/4 - 6/7 for phone and in-person interviews)
THE GREAT PASSAGE 
HOUSE WITH A TURRET 
I KORI (THE DAUGHTER) 
LOVE IS IN THE AIR 
MY DOG KILLER Talent available: director Mira Fornay (6/3 - 6/8 for phone and in-person interviews)
NISHAN (MEDAL OF HONOR) 
THE PLAGUE 
RIPPLES OF DESIRE 


UNITED STATES PREMIERES:

Aayna Ka Bayna
In this kinetic mash-up of the Step Up films and the musical Moulin Rouge, nine Marathi Indian boys living in an oppressive juvenile home challenge their circumstances by banding together to enter a prominent dance competition.
JUNE 7 | 6:00 PM | KIRKLAND

Breathing Earth
Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) explores the world of Japanese artist Susumu Shingu, who dreams of a place where sustainability and art collide, creating a wind-powered home where his graceful sculptures breathe with the earth.
JUNE 9 | 6:00 PM | PACIFIC PLACE

Horses of God
Talent available: director Nabil Ayouch (6/5 - 6/9 for phone and in-person interviews)
An intimate portrait of three young boys growing up on the outskirts of Casablanca. Critically acclaimed at Cannes, this film is a major achievement by one of North Africa's most important filmmakers. Director Nabil Ayouch scheduled to attend.
JUNE 7 | 6:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
JUNE 8 | 6:00 PM | KIRKLAND

Invader
Returned from Iraq, a soldier's fragmented memories of his injuries don't match the official story. He seeks out the truth that others do not want disclosed in this visceral political thriller.
JUNE 7 | 9:00 PM | PACIFIC PLACE
JUNE 8 | 4:00 PM | PACIFIC PLACE