Santa Barbara International Film Festival Reveals 2014 Lineup

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Reveals 2014 Lineup

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.

WORLD PREMIERES

 

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
beverage.

 

Barefoot, USA

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
his ways.

 

BFFs, USA

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.

WORLD PREMIERES, continued:

Driven, USA

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
Qualley

A whimsical portrait of a guitar-playing drifter who helps a
rancher’s granddaughter find her true calling

 

Gurukulam, Canada/USA

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
disease itself.

 

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

 

Menthol, USA

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
now.

 

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.

 

Sam, Switzerland

Directed by Elena Hazanov

Cast: Frédéric Landenberg, Sacha Guerreiro, Séverine Bujard,
Anna Pieri

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.

 

Warren, USA

Directed by Alex Beh

Cast: John Heard, Jean Smart, Austin Stowell, Sarah Habel,
Joe Nunez

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.

U.S. PREMIERES

 

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
African cities.

 

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
Kydyraliyev

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
of Italy.

 

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
bankruptcy.

 

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
Dishington

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
Colangeli

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
child.

 

Metalhead, Iceland

Directed by Ragnar Bragason

Cast: Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson,
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir

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.

 

Paulette, France

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.

 

Saudade, Uruguay

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
young love.

 

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.

 

Solo, Venezuela

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
sojourners.

 

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.

 

Violet, Spain

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.

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