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Santa Barbara Film Fest Lineup is Bookended by 'Disconnect' and 'Wasteland'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 8, 2013 at 1:03PM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announces the lineup for its 28th edition, running January 24-February 3. Among the selections are 13 world premieres and 32 US premieres from 49 countries; gala screenings for opening night film "Disconnect," closing night film "Wasteland" and Pablo Larrain's "No"...
Gael Garcia Bernal in "No"
Gael Garcia Bernal in "No"

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) lineup for its 28th edition, running January 24 through February 3 includes 13 world premieres and 32 US premieres from 49 countries and gala screenings for opening night film "Disconnect," closing night film "Wasteland" and Pablo Larrain's "No." The Fest also features the usual panels on Writing, Directing and Women in the Business, and much more.

The categories include: Independent Features, International Features, Doc Features, Spanish/Latin America Cinema, Shorts, Animated Shorts and the Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice, as well as sidebars Applebox, Cinesonic, Kolnoa, Pan Asia, Reel Nature, Santa Barbara Filmmakers, Screen Cuisine, Special Presentations and To The Maxxx.

SBIFF will bestow its Virtuoso Award, recognizing the year's best performances, to Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy and Quvenzhané Wallis. Tributes and awards will also be given to Ben Affleck (Modern Master Award), Daniel Day-Lewis (Montecito Award), Amy Adams (Cinema Vanguard Award), Leonardo DiCaprio (American Riviera Award) and Jennifer Lawrence (Outstanding Performance of the Year Award).

SBIFF exec director Roger Durling states: "As we deliver the 10th edition of SBIFF under my helm, I feel this year’s festival offerings are the most varied, mature and fun we’ve ever had.” Check out the lineup below.


Below is the list of World and US Premiere films, followed by the list of titles by sidebar category.  For the complete list of films, along with their descriptions and a preliminary screening schedule, go here. Please note that this is subject to change.


A Year in Burgundy USA
Directed by David Kennard
Cast:  Martine Saunier
This documentary follows half a dozen wine makers in the Burgundy region of France for one full year, where the beautiful and traditional processes are revealed.

Blumenthal, USA
Directed by Seth Fisher
Cast:  Seth Fisher, Brian Cox, Fred Melamed, Laila Robins, Mark Blum, Mei Melancon
Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Now, Harold's estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups in order to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation.

Crosstown, USA
Directed by Miriam Kruishoop
Cast:  Manny Perez, Vivica A. Fox, Will Green, Noel Gugliemi, Paige Hurd
The promise of a better life is shattered when two families are confronted with the brutal reality of raising their children in Los Angeles. An undocumented immigrant family from El Salvador is forced to sign their 17 year-old son's life away to the U.S. Military with the false promise of naturalization papers. The other family struggles to prevent a forbidden love affair between their Black teenage daughter and a recently initiated member of the local Salvadoran street gang.

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.