The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled it 2014 lineup. This year’s fest is set to run January 30 through February 9.
The fest boasts 23 world and 33 US premieres. It opens with Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens’ “Mission Blue” and closes with a “Before” triple feature, with director Richard Linklater and stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in person. Check out the premiere lineup below, and the full lineup at the SBIFF website.
A Life Outside, USA
Directed by Catherine Brabec
Featuring: Greg Mesanko, Chris Mesanko, Kevin Casey, Jim
Purpuri, Richard Luthringer, and Bucky Walters
A documentary following the six surfers who pioneered the
1960’s surf break at the New Jersey Casino Pier.
A Year in Champagne, USA
Directed by David Kennard
A detailed portrait of winemakers and their families reveals
some of the most intimate secrets behind creating the legendary bubbly
Directed by Andrew Fleming
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman, Brittany Alger
An upper-class, hard-luck gambler invites a shoeless
eccentric to his brother’s lavish southern style wedding to prove he’s changed
Directed by Andrew Putschoegi
Cast: Andrea Grano, Tara Karsian
Looking for a few days of vacation and amusement, two best
friends pretend to be lovers while attending a couple’s weekend workshop.
Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr. Pepper, USA
Directed by Drew Rist
This documentary details the events and history leading up
to the demise of Dublin Dr. Pepper, as well as the public outcry that continues
to this day.
Chu and Blossom, USA
Directed by Charles Chu, Gavin Kelly
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Caitlin Stasey, Alan Cumming
A coming of age comedy centers on an unlikely brotherhood
between a pensive, 6-foot-8 Korean exchange student, and a performance artist,
both trapped together in small Southern town.
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Directed by Ben Pitterie, Brian Hall
Explore the fascinating and obscure world of marathon
swimming as three swimmers put everything on the line chasing a dream to swim
up to 20 miles across the Santa Barbara Channel.
Falcon Song, USA
Directed by Jason Brown
Cast: Gabriel Sunday, James Storm, Martin Kove, Rainey
A whimsical portrait of a guitar-playing drifter who helps a
rancher’s granddaughter find her true calling
Directed by Jillian Elizabeth
A group of students and their teacher confront fundamental
questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest
ashram in southern India.
Invitation to Dance, USA
Directed by Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch
An activist, an avant-garde of disabled dancers, and a
quest: equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor.
Late Spring, South Korea – World Premiere
Directed by Keun-Hyun Cho
In post war Korea, A genius sculptor meets an amateur model
The Last One, USA
Directed by Nadine C. Licostie
This feature-length documentary traces the history of the
AIDS Memorial Quilt and the role it continues to play as a response to the
Lutah Maria Riggs, USA
Directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani
A documentary about Lutah Maria Riggs, an American architect
who worked for several decades in the Southern California region
Directed by Micah Van Hove
Cast: Jacob King, James Wilson, Johnny Wactor, Luke Eberl
When four friends reunite for a night of fun in their hometown,
a crisis forces them to confront the consequences of their lifestyles.
Mission Blue, USA
Directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens
Cast: Sylvia Earle, James Cameron, Mike deGruy,
Legendary oceanographer and TED prize winner Dr. Sylvia
Earle is on a mission to save our oceans. The documentary Mission Blue is the
story of Sylvia’s life as witness to the changes to the sea that threaten our
planet, and how we still have a chance to repair much of the damage – if we act
Mount Joy, USA
Directed by Jack Lewars
Cast: Kate Hodge, Lou Martini Jr., Matthew Watson
A lead singer places his band’s national bar tour on hold
until he gets answers from the girl who broke his heart, but soon discovers she
harbors a secret that could change everything.
Night Has Settled, USA
Directed by Steve Clark
Cast: Spencer List, Pilar López de Ayala, Adriana Barraza
In 1983 New York City, a thirteen-year-old boy well-poised
to enter the precocious teenage world of sex, vodka, and the possibilities of
love, is traumatized by an encounter with his housekeeper.
Noble, United Kingdom
Directed by Stephen Bradley
Cast: Dierdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Liam
Cunningham, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Ruth Negga
In 1989 Vietnam, a funny, feisty and courageous woman
overcomes the difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny
on the streets of Saigon.
Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, USA
Directed by Matt Livadary
Roping and riding and busting stereotypes, the dauntless
members of the International Gay Rodeo Association face constant obstacles in
their quest to qualify for the World Gay Rodeo Finals.
Roaming Wild, USA
Directed by Sylvia Johnson
Featuring: Samantha Layne (voice)
An activist, a cowboy and a mountain man search for
solutions to protect life and land in this modern day Western about America’s
wild horses and the federal government’s controversial roundups.
Directed by Elena Hazanov
Cast: Frédéric Landenberg, Sacha Guerreiro, Séverine Bujard,
After living with his mother since his parents’ divorce,
seven-year-old Sam is forced to move in with his father, a struggling writer
with no source of inspiration.
The Village of Peace, Israel/USA
Directed by Nicholas Philipides, Ben Schuder
The stories of four African Hebrew Israelites illuminate a
community whose daily lifestyle includes polygamy, health, nutrition, education
and spiritual enlightenment.
Directed by Alex Beh
Cast: John Heard, Jean Smart, Austin Stowell, Sarah Habel,
After giving up on making it in the Chicago improv scene, a
young comedian fatefully reconnects with the former love of his life one fall
night while working at a coffee shop in his hometown.
African Metropolis, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Senegal, South
Africa, Nigeria and Kenya
A complication of short films directed by Jim Chuchu, Ahmed
Ghoneimy, Folasakin Iwajomo, Marie KA, Philippe Lacôte, Vincent Moloi
A compilation of six short fiction films, set in six major
A la Bizkaina, Spain
Directed by Aritz Galarza
The mystery of the sauce carrying the name of Bizkaia gives
us a hint of its origin and ingredients.
Adria Blues, Slovenia/Croatia/Bosnia/Herzegovina
Directed by Miroslav Mandič
Cast: Senad Bašić, Mojca Funkl, Peter Musevski
Paralyzed by depression, an aging former rock star from
Bosnia is pushed by his wife to reengage with life.
Algunas Chicas, Argentina
Directed by Santiago Palavecino
Cast: Cecilia Rainero, Agostina López, Agustina Muñoz
A woman traveling to a friend’s house to escape her marital
crisis is soon consumed by the secrets of those around her.
The Amazing Catfish, Mexico
Directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cast: Ximena Ayala, Lisa Owen, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén
A lonely young woman becomes a live-in caregiver for an
ailing but indomitable matriarch and her brood of kids.
Bauyr (Little Brother), Kazakhstan
Directed by Serik Aprymov
Cast: Almat Galym, Alisher Aprymov, Murat Omarov, Dokhdurbek
A nine year old living on his own is revisited by his
brother, and believes his life will change with his arrival.
Bella Vita, USA/Italy
Directed by Jason Baffa
Cast: Chris Del Moro, Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lyndsey Hill,
Conner Coffin, Parker Coffin
The surf of the Italian coast carries surfer, artist, and
environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland
Cannibal (Caníbal), Spain/Romania/Russia/France
Directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Olimpia Melinte
A mild-mannered tailor, who is a secret cannibal,
unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his latest prospective victim.
César’s Grill, Ecuador/Germany/Switzerland
Directed by Dario Aguirre
Cast: Dario Aguirre, César Aguirre
German resident, filmmaker, and vegetarian, Dario Aguirre is
called home to Ecuador to help save his meat-loving father’s grill from
Clownwise, Czech Republic/Luxembourg/Finland
Directed by Viktor Taus
Cast: Julie Ferrier, Kati Outinen, Didier Flamand
After thirty years of separation, three clowns reunite to
restage the famous act that launched their careers — while also attempting to
forgive one another for the fight that tore them apart.
Do You Believe in Love?, Israel
Directed by Dani Wasserman
Tova, a unique matchmaker with muscular dystrophy,
tirelessly strives to find love for everyone around her.
Found & Lost, China
Directed by Xiao Wei Zhu
Cast: Guo Zhu Zhang, Yu Meng Jia
Chronicles the pilgrimage of an orphaned woman in China
between 1949 to 1984.
The Gambler (Losejas), Lithuania/Latvia
Directed by Ignas Jonynas
Cast: Vytautas Kaniusonis, Oona Mekas, Rimas Blockis
A paramedic, passionate about gambling, is struck by an idea
to create an illegal game related to his profession.
God’s Slave (Esclavo de Dios), Uruguay/Venezuela/Argentina
Directed by Joel Novoa
Cast: Mohammed Alkhaldi, Daniela Alvarado, Devorah Lynne
Inspired by true events, this is the story of two
extremists, one Islamic and the other Jewish, who cross paths while on opposing
sides of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA bombings.
Eastern Boys, France
Directed by Robin Campillo
Cast: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyov
A middle-aged Frenchman solicits a young foreigner and finds
himself entangled with a group of young Eastern European hustlers.
If I Close My Eyes I’m Not Here (Se chiudo gli occhi non
sono più qui), Italy
Directed by Vittorio Moroni
Cast: Mark Manaloto, Elena Arvigo, Beppe Fiorello, Giorgio
A teenage boy, tormented into a submissive life, is visited
and mentored by a mysterious old friend of his deceased father.
The Japanese Dog, Romania
Directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Cast: Victor Rebengiuc, Serban Pavlu, Laurentiu Lazar, Kana
Hashimoto, Toma Hashimoto
When a flood kills his wife and destroys his house, a man
attempts to reconnect with his son who arrives from Japan with his wife and
Directed by Ragnar Bragason
Cast: Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson,
A grief-stricken young woman adopts the persona and
decibel-blasting predilections of her deceased brother
October November (Oktober November), Austria
Directed by Götz Spielmann
Cast: Nora von Waldstätten, Ursula Strauss, Peter
Simonischek, Sebastian Koch, Johannes Zeiler, Andreas Ressl
A family reunion at a mountainside inn lays bare old wounds
and reveals long-held secrets.
The Old, the Young and the Sea, Austria/Spain
Directed by Mario Hainzl
A documentary portrait about the incredible individuals who
inhabit, surf, travel and protect the European shores.
One Way Ticket to the Moon (Bilet na księżyc), Poland
Directed by Jacek Bromski
Cast: Anna Przybylska, Filip Pawlak, Mateusz Kościukiewicz
Two brothers travel across Poland, a adventure sparked by
the older to prepare his younger brother to serve in the Polish army.
Directed by Jérôme Enrico
Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura, Dominique Lavanant
Paulette lives alone in a housing project in the Paris
suburbs. With her meager pension, she can no longer make ends meet and becomes
and resorts to selling drugs.
Revival, Czech Republic
Directed by Alice Nellis
Cast: Bolek Polivka, Miroslav Krobot, Karel Hermanek, Marian
Geisberg, Zuzana Budovska
Forty years after separating, four friends decide to reunite
their rock band through a revival that takes an unexpected turn.
Directed by Juan Carlos Donoso Gomez
Cast: Francisco Baquerizo Racines, Jessica Barahona de
Prada, Joaquin Davila Romoleroux
Set amidst the backdrop of the Ecuadorian economic crisis of
1999, ‘Saudade’ tackles notions of economic dislocation, friendship, family and
Shadow in Baghdad, Israel
Directed by Duki Dror
Featuring: Linda Abdul Aziz
A young journalist from Baghdad connects with a Jewish woman
who escaped to Iraq to discover what happened to her missing father.
Directed by José Ramón Novoa
Cast: Samantha Dagnino, Laureano Olivares
A story of one man’s quest for redemption
Triptych (Triptyque), Canada
Directed by Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires
Cast: Frédérike Bédard, Lise Castonguay, Hans Piesbergen
The lives of three characters intersect in the sublime
narrative geometry of this haunting adaptation of Robert Lepage’s celebrated
theatre work Lipsynch.
Under the Starry Sky, France/Senegal
Directed by Dyana Gaye
Cast: Marème Demba Ly, Ralph Amoussou, Souleymane Seye
N’Diaye, Maya Sansa, Babacar M’Baye Fall, Sokhna Niang, Mata Gabin
Delving into the shadowy world of undocumented travel, this
transcontinental drama charts the interconnected destinies of three far-flung
uwantme2killhim?, United Kingdom
Directed by Andrew Douglas
Cast: Jamie Blackley, Toby Regbo, Jaime Winstone, Mark
Womack, Joanne Froggatt
A teenage boy descends into the dangerous world of the
internet and the harrowing consequences of his actions.
Directed by Luiso Berdejo
Cast: Junio Valverde, Leticia Dolera, Miriam Giovanelli,
Ricardo Darín, Carlos Bardem
A Spanish boy living in Santa Monica falls for a girl he
sees in an old Polaroid. He decides to look for her, despite having no clue of
who she is or how long ago the photo was taken.
Wounded (La herida), Spain
Directed by Fernando Franco
Cast: Marian Alvarez, Rosana Pastor, Manolo Solo, Andres
Gertrudix, Ramon Agirre, Ramon Barea
An ambulance driver struggles with outbreaks of
self-destructive behavior, incapable of finding stability and happiness.