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Santa Barbara Film Fest Opens with "Sarah's Key"

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 28, 2010 at 8:52AM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open on January 27 with the stateside debut of Gilles Pacquet-Brenner's film fest veteran Sarah's Key, starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open on January 27 with the stateside debut of Gilles Pacquet-Brenner's film fest veteran Sarah's Key, starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

“From its triumphant unveiling in Toronto to its recent accolades in France and Tokyo, SARAH’S KEY has been stunning audiences, and we’re proud to open our 26th edition with it," said SBIFF executive director Roger Durling. Based on the international bestseller by Tatiana de Rosnay, the film weaves two different stories, one set in World War II Paris and the other in the present. Sarah’s Key will open in spring 2011 via Weinstein Company.

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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.