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The Seattle International Film Festival announced today the official lineup for the 2013 Women in Cinema festival. The Women in Cinema, produced by SIFF, and sponsored by OSKA in addition to LUNAFEST, will run January 23-27, 2013. 

“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 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 what is “

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.

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