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SIFF Announces Lineup for 2013 Women in Cinema Festival

1/3/2013 | SIFF Cinema
Jessica Marx | 206.315.0683 |

SEATTLE (January 3, 2013) - The Seattle International Film Festival announced today the official lineup for the 2013 Women in Cinema festival. The popular and much-beloved festival will return to SIFF January 23-27, 2013. Women in Cinema is produced by SIFF, the non-profit arts organization that reaches more than 250,000 people annually through the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema (at the Uptown and SIFF Film Center) and SIFF Education. Women in Cinema is generously underwritten by presenting sponsor OSKA in addition to LUNAFEST.


"After a ten-year hiatus, we are excited to revive SIFF's popular festival devoted to women directors. There is an abundance of extraordinary films directed by women this year and we look forward to showcasing a lively selection of the best new films from around the world," said SIFF Artistic Director, Carl Spence. The 2013 Women in Cinema festival will showcase 10 feature films and a program of shorts from women filmmakers all around the globe.


Women in Cinema 2013 will open with Margarethe von Trotta's entertaining and provocative biopic, HANNAH ARENDT (Germany, 2012) about the philosopher famous for her controversial reporting on the 1961 trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann and her shocking conclusion of "the banality of evil," to describe the ordinariness of the Holocaust's perpetrators. Actress Barbara Sukowa gives a magnetic and award-worthy performance perfectly embodying Arendt's intellectual and emotional courage.


The festival will close with GINGER & ROSA (United Kingdom, 2012), the story of two best friends (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) growing up in Great Britain during the sixties. The girls discover that with the newfound freedom of the sexual revolution comes a heavy price in this salutary tale. Turning her lens on her own generation, ORLANDO writer-director Sally Potter looks back on the roots of feminism with admiration for the idealism of her young heroine, and also with a keen eye for the naïveté of that age and that time. The film also stars Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks and Annette Bening.


"With women directors working in every cinematic genre, SIFF celebrates a broad range of films with women at the helm at the Women in Cinema festival," said SIFF Director of Programming, Beth Barrett. Women in Cinema will also include presentations of following celebrated films: THE DANDELIONS (dir. Carine Tardieu, France), 2012 Locarno Film Festival Audience Award-winner LORE (dir. Cate Shortland, Australia/Germany/UK), MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN (dir. Deepa Mehta, Canada/UK), SATELLITE BOY ((dir. Catriona McKenzie, Australia), 2012 Fantastic Fest Award-winner VANISHING WAVES (dir. Kristina Buozyte, Lithuania/France/Belgium), and THE WORLD BEFORE HER (dir. Nisha Pahuja, Canada).


Additional Women in Cinema programs will include a selection of female-helmed short films and the festival forum, Beyond the Director. This festival forum will be a panel discussion with women working behind the camera. Join professional Seattle cinematographers, production managers, ADs, and key grips for an insight into their roles and what happens to get the film to the screen! Presented by Women in Film Seattle.


Passes are on sale now at, with the full lineup on sale January 5, 2013 at 


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About SIFF


Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education.


Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly-attended film festival in the United States reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming presenting over 250 features and 150 short films from over 70 countries each year.


SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on four screens at the SIFF Film Center and the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown, reaching more than 100,000 attendees annually.


SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 11,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.      



About OSKA (presenting partner)


OSKA is an internationally well-known label for women's and men's garments. More than 800 wholesale customers in over 20 countries establish a firm foundation for our brand success. An exclusive presentation in OSKA shops strengthens an understanding of the label and offers the  customer a vast selection of designs. The current US shops are located in New York, Chicago, Montclair, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Mill Valley, and Edina, Minnesota.


OSKA production is fully inclusive. Teams responsible for Development, Design, Production and Administration are based in their Munich, Germany headquarters. Well-trained experts uphold a high standard of quality and OSKA's own dyeing factory provides endless creative opportunities for developing and maintaining the individual OSKA palette of colors.


The OSKA Seattle shop is located downtown at 1322 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101. 



About LUNAFEST (media sponsor)


Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.  


Equally important, LUNAFEST can be used as a "fundraiser-in-a-box", helping hosts raise money for nonprofits in their own communities, as well as for our main beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund. 100 percent of all net proceeds are donated to charity. Since its inception, LUNAFEST has grown from a single annual event to a coast-to-coast force with more than 150 North American screenings each season. To date, 92 filmmakers have been featured, nearly $1.2 million dollars has been raised and thousands of attendees have come away moved, entertained and inspired.


LUNAFEST's main beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund, is dedicated to eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. Through education, policy initiatives and other innovative campaigns, the Breast Cancer Fund mobilizes the public to help stop this devastating epidemic affecting 1 in 8 women. 



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