Festival programming includes opening night film HANNAH ARENDT (Margarethe von Trotta) and closing night film GINGER & ROSA (Sally Potter) starring Elle Fanning.
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 www.siff.net, with the full lineup on sale January 5, 2013 at SIFF.net.