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The much-awaited Santa Barbara International Film Festival is almost upon us. Beginning January 24th, Santa Barbara will be infiltrated with celebrities and directors alike—not to mention an array of new films to satisfy any movie buff. Herein is a list of program highlights. Check the website, sbiff.org/, for a full list of films, honorees and the like.

28TH FEST OPENS WITH U.S. PREMIERE OF DISCONNECT AND CLOSES WITH U.S. PREMIERE OF WASTELAND

The U.S. Premiere of Disconnect kicks off the festival at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 24, with the director and cast in attendance. A vast collection of characters in the film (lawyers, journalists, an estranged couple, you name it) illustrates a common thread in our society—an obsession with technology. Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot provide star power.

FEST PRESENTS INTERNATIONAL GALA OF PABLO TERRAÍN’S NO

SBIFF presents an International Gala Screening of Pablo Larraín’s film, No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The film, directed by Pablo Larrain, is about an ad executive who comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.

ANN DOWD, ELLE FANNING, EZRA MILLER, EDDIE REDMAYNE, OMAR SY AND QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS TO RECEIVE 2013 VIRTUOSOS AWARD

Come out to the 2013 Virtuosos Award to see a plethora of stars ranging from new comers like Elle Fanning and Ezra Miller, plus seasoned vets like Ann Dowd. Moderated by Fandango’s Dave Karger, the award presentation will take place at the Lobero Theatre on Tuesday, January 29.

“MIKE’S FIELD TRIP TO THE MOVIES” TO FEATURE SPECIAL SCREENING OF RISE OF THE GUARDIANS FOR 4,000 STUDENTS, FOLLOWED BY A Q&A WITH DIRECTOR PETER RAMSEY

The festival’s annual Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies hosts 5th and 6th grade students from schools throughout Santa Barbara County, exposing them to the art of filmmaking. Paramount Pictures’ hit animated comedy, Rise of the Guardians, featuring director Peter Ramsey,is this year’s topic of interest. This annual free screening takes place Friday, January 25 at the Arlington Theatre.

FEST TO PRESENT 13 WORLD PREMIERES AND 32 U.S. PREMIERES

This year’s festival film topics and places of origin are vast—needless to say, there is a something for everyone. Check sbiff.org for a list of titles, directors, and country of origin.

WARNER ARCHIVES TO PRESENT LATEST DIGITALLY REMASTERED FILMS

In addition to premieres, unforgettable classics will be screened throughout the festival as well—look out for digitally re-mastered versions of The Shining, Singin’ in the Rain, and Dial M for Murder. Each screening will be followed with a Q&A from the Warner Archives restoration team.

–Brenna Bozigian

 

 

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