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Santa Barbara Film Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Santa Barbara Film Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Along with its annual awards season tributes, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 27-February 7) presents an array of premieres and hot titles off the festival circuit. The fest will kick off with the US premiere of “Desert Dancer,” Richard Raymond’s story of an Iranian underground dance company during the volatile 2009 presidential election.

SBIFF will close with Disney’s “McFarland, USA.” Directed by Niki Caro and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s Central Valley as they build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner).

This year’s edition includes tributes to Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and more.

Highlights from the Special Presentations section include Oscar-contending docs “Citizenfour,” “Life Itself” and “Keep On Keepin’ On,” along with foreign-shortlisted films “Leviathan,” “Force Majeure,” “Timbuktu,” “Wild Tales,” “Tangerines” and more. Notably, David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria” also screen this section.

WORLD
PREMIERES

A Better You, USA

Directed by Matt Walsh

Cast: Brian Huskey, Morgan Walsh, Horatio Sanz,
Andrew Daly, Rob Huebel, and Matt Walsh

A self-published hypnotherapist with a bad toupee is
on the verge of losing his family and career when he realizes he must fix his
own life before helping others.

 

Banana, Italy

Directed by Andrea Jublin

Featuring: Ascanio Balbo, Anna Bonaiuto, and Giorgio
Colangeli

An Italian comedy about a naïve, but charming young
boy who goes to great lengths to win a girl’s love.

 

Breach, USA

Directed by Jonny Zwick

This chilling documentary explores the illegal and
unethical practices by Iceland’s whaling industry, including the hunting of the
endangered finback whale.

 

Caffeinated, USA

Directed by Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki

Featuring: Doug Welsh, Geoff Watts, Peter Giuliano,
and Sunalini Menon

While exploring the people and the passion that drive
the coffee industry, this energizing documentary tells the story of coffee from
the moment the coffee cherry is picked to the moment the alluring aroma
permeates the air.

 

Day Release (Tercer Grado), Spain

Directed by Geoffrey Cowper

Cast: Jesús Lloveras, Sara Casasnovas, Frank Feys,
Miko Jarry, Javier Beltran, and Ferran Lahoz

Setting out to make peace with his estranged brother,
a man on his first day of parole witnesses the armed robbery of a security van.

 

Energizing Our World, Costa
Rica/Netherlands/Spain/USA

Directed by Susan Sember

This
dynamic documentary engages audiences on a global platform 
highlighting environmental, architectural, water, energy and agricultural
issues and exploring solutions.

 

Eila, Rampe and Baby Girl (Eila, Rampe Ja Likka),
Finland

Directed by Taru Mäkelä

Cast: Heidi Herala, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Emmi
Parviainen, and Riku Niemine

In this zany comedy, a poet becomes overwhelmed by
the antics of her eccentric parents and tiresome boyfriend as she becomes
attracted to the translator of her poems.

 

Fair Chase, USA

Directed by Alex Cullen and Emma Tammi

Top distance runners from around the world team up to
test the evolutionary theory that running was the first human weapon, key to
our species survival.

 

Far From Home, USA/Argentina/Canada/Italy/Uganda

Directed by Galen Knowles

Featuring: Brolin Mawejje, Rob Kingwill, and Travis
Rice             

Brolin Mawejje, a native Ugandan who moved to the
United States at age 11, wants to make history in the 2018 Winter Olympics as
the first snowboarder to represent an African country.

 

Generosity of Eye, USA

Directed by Brad Hall

Featuring: Geoffrey Canada, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and
William Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovers how her father
connected his love of art and his passion for justice in a single act of
generosity.

 

Heartworn Highways Revisited, USA

Directed by Wayne Price              

Directly inspired by HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS (1976), this
documentary captures a new community of folk singer-songwriters whose work is
heavily influenced by the artists represented in the original film.

 

It’s a Wild Life, USA

Directed by Kennan Ward

Featuring: Feynner Arias

This picturesque snapshot of the Northern California
coast captures the beauty of Big Sur through its magnificent wildlife and the
stories of a long-term caretaker of the land.

 

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, USA

Directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau

Featuring: Jean-Michel Cousteau and Holly Lohuis

With nearly 70 years of ocean exploration experience,
Jean-Michel Cousteau reveals the secret world of the sea in this sensational 3D
documentary.

 

Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere, USA

Directed by Charles Randazzo

This celebration of the 40th anniversary of the American
rock group Kansas tells their story through commentary from original members,
concert footage, and interviews with notable fans.

 

Like Air, USA

Directed by Jake Viramontez

Featuring: Kathryn McCormick, Alyssa Gaines, Kayla
Sameski, and Montserrat Roberts

On their journey to a national championship, three
high school competitive dancers discover their personal identities through
dance and the life it breathes into their souls.

 

La Noche Del Ratón (The Night of the Rat), Spain

Directed by David R. Losada

Cast: Miriam Cabeza, Unai García, Mikel Martínez, and
Alfonso Torregrosa

In this dark and suspenseful Spanish thriller, a
seemingly normal gas station becomes intensely dangerous for a young couple on
a twilight drive through the countryside.

 

Now en Español, USA

Directed by Andrea Meller

Pulling back the curtain on one of Hollywood’s
lesser-known communities, this documentary follows the lives and careers of the
Latina voice-over actresses who dub Desperate
Housewives
into Spanish.

 

The Penguin Counters, USA/Antarctica/Argentina

Directed by Harriet Gordon and Peter Getzels

Featuring: Ron Naveen

This documentary follows field biologists in
Antarctica who count penguins to track the impact of climate change on their
population and to learn how to conserve the region.

 

Sins of a Father, USA/France/UK

Directed by Andrew Piddington

Cast: Alan Bates, Lambert Wilson, and David Oakes

This three-generational drama explores the moral
ambiguity of war and the complex nature of heroism, betrayal, and father-son relationships
after a dark family secret is revealed.

 

Tiger, Tiger – World Premiere

Directed by George Butler

Tiger
Tiger follows Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, renowned big cat conservationist, as he
travels deep into the primordial landscape of the Sundarbans – a tidal mangrove
forest spanning the India-Bangladesh border. Known as one of the most dangerous
places on Earth, the Sundarbans is the domain of what may be the largest,
wildest remaining tiger population.

 

The Truth About Lies, USA

Directed by Phil Allocco

Cast: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable

Thirty-something Gilby is unemployed, living with his
mother, and recently dumped. In this sharp comedy, Gilby weaves a ridiculous
web of lies to get his life back on track.

 

Uncanny, USA

Directed by Matthew Leutwyler

Cast: Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton
Rogers, and Rainn Wilson

As a tech reporter and a roboticist begin a
relationship, the roboticist’s latest creation, the world’s first
“perfect” artificial intelligence, begins to exhibit startling and unnerving
behavior.

 

The Year We Thought About Love, USA

Directed by Ellen Brodsky

This heartening documentary follows the nation’s
longest-running LGBTQ youth theater troupe for a year as it creates an original
production on the theme of love.

 

U.S.
PREMIERES

 

10% My Child, Israel

Directed by Uri Bar-on

Cast: Gur Bentwich, Vered Feldman, Yali Friedman, Udi
Persi

In this engrossing Israeli drama of blended families,
to be with Franny’s mom, new boyfriend Nico has to win 8-year-old Franny’s
heart.

 

12 Citizens, China

Directed by Xu Ang

Cast: He Bing, Han Tongsheng, Wang Gang

In a remake of 12 ANGRY MEN, a prosecutor summons
people to sit on a jury in a mock trial for a murder case, only to find the
truth is not as obvious as it seems.

 

Aces (Os Fenómenos), Spain

Directed by Alfonso Zarauza

Cast: Luis Tosar, Lola Dueñas

A woman attempts to reinvent her life after her
partner disappears. She moves back in with her mother and finds herself in a
man’s world when she joins a construction crew.

 

Agave is Life, Mexico/USA

Directed by David O. Brown and Meredith L. Dreiss

This colorful film explores the history of the agave
plant in the cultures of Mexico and the Southwest through the lens of
archaeological, ethnographic, and modern-day vignettes.

 

All Cats Are Grey (Tous Les Chats Sont Gris), Belgium

Directed by Savina Dellicour

Cast: Manon Capelle, Bouli Lanners, Anne Coesens, and
Dune de Braconier

A private detective is approached by his estranged
teenage daughter when she seeks his professional help in finding her biological
father.

 

Amor, etc., Argentina

Directed by Gladys Lizarazu

Cast: Maruja Bustamante, Maria Canale, and Edgardo
Castro

After moving into their first home, Lisa becomes
obsessed with the home’s mysterious previous owner, while her boyfriend is
overwhelmed by unruly neighbors.

 

Attention, A Life in Extremes, Austria

Directed by Sascha Köllnreitner

Cast: Guillaume Néry, Halvor Angvik, and Gerhard
Gulewicz

Why would anyone dive under the ocean without oxygen,
cycle across America with little sleep, or fly from cliffs wearing a webbed
suit? This film shows three extraordinary athletes who do just that.

 

Bang Bang Baby, Canada

Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules

Cast: Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare, and
David Reale

A small town teenager in the
1960s believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her
rock star idol gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant
that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into
a nightmare.

 

Barbarians (Vavari), Serbia/Montenegro/Slovenia

Directed by Ivan Ikić

Cast: Željko Marković, Nenad Petrović, Jasna
Djuričić, Mirko Vlahović, and Marina Vodeničar

Set in Serbia in 2008, this film follows a troubled
teenager who must find a remedy to his temper, his strained family life, and
the suffocating pressure of his ongoing parole.

 

Beatles, Norway

Directed by Peter Flinth

Cast: Louis Williams, Håvard Jackwitz, Ole Nicolai
Myrvold Jørgensen, Halvor Tangen Schultz

In the midst of Beatlemania, four Norwegian teens
take on the identities of the Fab Four and attempt to live the rock ‘n’ roll
lifestyle in this charming coming-of-age story.

 

Bonobo, UK

Directed by Matthew Hammett Knott

Cast: James Norton, Tessa Peake-Jones, Josie Lawrence

A mother tries to retrieve her bohemian daughter from
a hippie commune that bases its way of life on the behavior of the bonobo ape,
an animal that engages in recreational sex.

 

Carmen’s Karma (El Karma de Carmen), Argentina

Directed by Rodolfo Durán

Cast: Laura Azcurra, Manuel Callau, and Ana María
Castel

Unhappy with her life yet unwilling to change, Carmen
is content to spend the rest of her life on her own, until an unexpected surprise
forces her to put that mindset into perspective.

 

Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell,
Argentina/Austria/UK/USA

Directed by Thomas Dirnhofer

Featuring: David Lama, Peter Ortner, Jim Bridwell,
Toni Ponholzer, and Markus Pucher

Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia,
David Lama, climbing’s wunderkind, sets out to climb the infamous south-east
face of Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the
world.

 

The Chambermaid (Das Zimmermädchen Lynn), Germany

Directed by Ingo Haeb

Cast: Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis, Steffen Münster,
Christian Aumer, Christine Schorn

In this original take on fetishism and intimacy, a
shy hotel maid breaks out of her shell after a chance encounter with a
dominatrix.

 

Children of the Arctic, Switzerland

Directed by Nick Brandestini

At the Arctic edge of America, five Native Alaskan
teenagers strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an
endangered whaling culture.

 

Confession, South Korea

Directed by Do-yun Lee

Cast: Sung Ji, Ji-hoon Ju, and Kwang-soo Lee

A staged robbery that results in an accidental death
tests the loyalty and morality of three lifelong friends in this South Korean
action thriller.

 

Cruel, France

Directed by Eric Cherrière

Cast: Jean-Jacques Lelté, Magali Moreau, and Maurice
Poli

Haunted by memories of his mother and plagued by his
mundane life, Pierre is only satisfied once he murders someone. This beautiful
film explores the psyche of a serial killer.

 

Cure – The Life of Another, Switzerland/Croatia/Bosnia
and Herzegovina

Directed by Andrea Staka

Cast: Sylvie Marinkovic, Lucia Radulovic, Mirjana
Karanovic, Marija Skaricic, Leon Lucev, and Franjo Dijak

A teenager adopts the identity of her best friend
after an obsessive, sexually charged game leads to a fatal fall.

 

Desert Dancer, UK

Directed by Richard Raymond

Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance
company amidst his home country of Iran’s politically volatile climate and the
nation’s ban on dancing.

 

Energized (Macht Energie), Austria

Directed by Hubert Canaval

This eye-opening documentary explores the impacts our
ever-increasing energy consumption, the shocking inner workings of the energy
industry, and the possibility of achieving true “clean energy.”

 

Five Days to Dance, Spain

Directed by Pepe Andreu, Rafa Molés

Two completely different choreographers, one Dutch
and one Spanish, must transform a group of high school students into polished
dancers ready for the stage in just five days.

 

Happy Times (Tiempos Felices), Mexico

Directed by Luis Javier M. Henaine

Cast: Luis Arrieta, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Humberto
Busto, Iván Arana, Miguel Rodarte, and Bárbara de Regil

In this quirky romantic comedy, Max, unable to break
up with his girlfriend, hires an agency that specializes in ending relationships.

 

Harvest (Vendange), France

Directed by Paul Lacoste

A documentary of the wine production process in one
of the oldest wine-making regions of France and the tremendous impact it has on
both the harvesters and the community.

 

Heartbeat, Canada

Directed by Andrea Dorfman

Cast: Tanya Davis, Stephanie Clattenburg, Stewart
Legere, Kristin Langille, Glen Matthews, and Jackie Torrens

After her boyfriend leaves town, Justine picks up her
neglected guitar and begins a journey that gets her heart beating for the first
time in years.

 

Hip
Hop-eration, New Zealand

Directed
by Bryn Evans

This
film follows a troupe of courageous, yet cheeky, senior citizens on an
extraordinary quest to perform at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.

 

I Am Femen (Je Suis Femen), Switzerland

Directed by Alain Margot

Featuring: Anna Hutsol, Alexandra “Sasha”
Schevchenko, Oxana Shachko, Inna Shevchenko

This powerful, poignant documentary follows Ukrainian
activist Oksana Shachko and shows the controversial efforts of the feminist
group “Femen” in their fight for freedom of speech.

 

I Hate the Dawn (Man Az Sepideye Sobh Bizaram), Iran

Directed by Ali Karim

Cast: Babak Karimi, Amir Azizi, Mohammad Ahmadi, and
Hossein Eskandari

An independent filmmaker persuades his assistant,
Amir, to reveal a troublesome script he has been working on. As the script’s
plot unfolds, a secret of Amir’s is revealed.

 

In the Sands of Babylon, Iraq/Netherlands/United Arab
Emirates/UK

Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji

Cast: Samer Qahtan, Ameer Jabarah, and Hasan Bkheet

Set against the backdrop of a 1991 Iraq torn between
Saddam’s Regime and the American intervention, an Iraqi soldier embarks on a
dangerous journey home after he escapes from Kuwait.

 

Insecure (Qui Vive), France

Directed by Marianne Tardieu

Cast: Reda Kateb, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Rashid
Debbouze

A small-town security guard, working his way through
nursing school, struggles with personal insecuriities as he attempts to improve
his lifestyle in this empathetic and fresh drama.

 

The Judgement (Sadilishteto), Bulgaria

Directed by Stephan Komandarev

Cast: Assen Blatechki, Miki Manojlovic, Ovanes
Torosyan, and Ina Nikolova

After the recent death of his wife, a man faces the
difficult decision of working with a gangster who smuggles illegal immigrants
across the Turkish border to provide for his son.

 

Kill Me Three Times, Australia

Directed by Kriv Stenders

Cast: Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Teresa Palmer,
Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, and Bryan Brown

This raucous and rowdy neo-noir with an excellent
ensemble cast portrays a quaint Australian surfing town taken over by
degenerate activities including blackmail, murder, and scamming.

 

The Land of Many Palaces, China

Directed by Adam James Smith and Song Ting

An intimate look at the Chinese government’s attempt
to populate the country’s brand new metropolis by relocating rural farmers to
the inner city.

 

Last Stop, Israel

Directed by Julie Shiles

A gripping documentary revealing the chaotic
labyrinth that is central station of Tel Aviv, where refugees, illegal
immigrants, and impoverished people attempt to both survive and situate
themselves in Israeli society.

 

Life According to Ohad, Israel

Directed by Eri Daniel Erlich

This earnest documentary joins Ohad, an Animal Rights
activist, on his journey of committed Activism and in his attempts to patch
things up with his family.

 

Mad as Hell, USA

Directed by Andrew Napier

Cenk Uygur
transforms from an unknown talk show host on a local public access television
station to an Internet sensation when he begins an online news show.

 

Mafia and Red Tomatoes (La Nostra Terra), Italy

Directed by Giulio Manfredonia

Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Sergio Rubini, Iaia Forte, and
Maria Rosaria Russo

A makeshift cooperative of impassioned farmers
attempts to revitalize a farm which had been under the control of a Mafia boss.

 

Memories on Stone (Bîranînen Li Ser Kevirî),
Germany/Iraq/Qatar

Directed by Shawkat Amin Korki

Cast: Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei, Suat
Usta, and Salah Sheikh Ahmadi

This tragicomedy portrays the struggles of a
filmmaker and his crew attempting to shoot a film chronicling the al Anfal
Kurdish genocide in a tense post-war Kurdistan.

 

Monument to Michael Jackson (Spomenik Majklu
Dzeksonu), Croatia/Germany/ Republic of Macedonia/Serbia

Directed by Darko Lungulov

Cast: Natasa Tapuskovic, Ljubomir Bandovic, and Boris
Milivojevic

In a desperate attempt to save his crumbling marriage
and to bring life back into his community, a man plans to replace an old
communist monument with a statue of the King of Pop.

 

The Naked Screen (La Pantalla Desnuda), Nicaragua

Directed by Florence Jaugey

Cast: Paola Baldion, Óscar Sinela, and Salvador
Espinoza

A young couples’ world is turned upside down when a
private and intimate video is anonymously posted online and rapidly goes viral
within their community.

 

Natural Resistance, France/Italy

Directed by Jonathan Nossiter

Four Italian vineyard proprietors passionately
attempt to produce all-natural wines in spite of pressures from market and
governmental forces.

 

Ochentasiete (Eighty Seven),
Ecuador/Argentina/Germany

Directed by Daniel Andrade and Anahí Hoeneisen

Cast: Andres Alvarez, Nicolás Andrade, Francisco
Perez, Michel Noher, and Estefano Bajak

After fleeing fifteen years ago, Pablo returns to his
hometown, ready to confront his demons and remember a summer with his friends
where one incident changed his life forever.

 

Partner with the Enemy, Israel

Directed by Duki Dror and Chen Shelach

Two women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, attempt
to forge and sustain a business partnership across ideological and geographical
divides.

 

Preggoland, Canada

Directed by Jacob Tierney

Cast: Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Laura Harris, James
Caan, and Paul Campbell

Ruth, a 35 year-old living the life of a teenager,
lies to her family by announcing she is pregnant after becoming alienated by
her friends who have already become parents.

 

Sacred Sperm, Israel

Directed by Ori Gruder

Featuring: Israel Itzkovich, Rabi Shmuel Stern, and
Yeshurun Verner

A sensitive and serious-minded examination of one of
the most important prohibitions in the Jewish ultra-Orthodox community.

 

Second Chance, Taiwan

Directed by Wen-yen Kung

Cast: Shang-yi Wen, P.J. Huang, Angel Yao, and Jason
Wang

In this Taiwanese action flick, a drunk, washed-up
billiards champion must return to the world he left behind to care for his
niece and clear his debts.

 

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, Canada

Directed by Kris Elgstrand

Cast: Arabella Bushnell, Brad Dryborough, and Ross
Smith

An emotionally repressed woman alienates friends when
she begins singing songs she wrote about them, but she inspires her boss to reignite
his dream of becoming a rock star.

 

Soof, Netherlands

Directed by Antoinette Beumer

Cast: Lies Visschedijk, Fedja van Huêt, and Daniel
Karaty

As Soof nears her 40th birthday, she begins to
question if there is more to life than her husband, three children, and small
catering business.

 

Spirit of Akasha, Australia

Directed by Andrew Kidman

A film that
reaffirms the ethos of soul and spirit in the present day context, proving its
values still have an enduring impact on us all through the surfing lifestyle.

 

They Have Escaped (He Ovat Paenneet),
Finland/Netherlands

Directed by JP Valkeapää

Cast: Teppo Manner, Roosa Söderholm, Pelle Heikkilä,
and Petteri Pennilä

This powerful and honest portrait of two teenage
misfits who run away from their halfway house reveals the failures of society
that led them to be labeled as “troublemakers.”

 

The Way Out (Ceska Ven), Czech Republic/France

Directed by Petr Václav

Cast: Klaudia Dudová, David Ištok, Natálie Hlaváčová,
Mária Ferencová-Zajacová, and Milan Cifra

A young gypsy woman searching for work, attempting to
led a normal life and provide for her family, but is faced with extreme
prejudice in this sobering exposé of the societal effects of stereotyping.

 

Wet Bum, Canada

Directed by Lindsay MacKay

Cast: Julia Sarah Stone, Craig Arnold, Diana Leblanc,
Jenna Nye, Jamie Johnston, Leah Pinsent, and Kenneth Welsh

An awkward teenage outcast befriends two aged
residents of the retirement home in which she works in this charismatic coming
of age story.

 

Wild Australia,

Produced by Susanne Lummer, Ashley Hoppin

A cinematic four part journey across the continent
that reveals not only the beauty of the land, but also the amazing wildlife
that makes Australia a heaven for animal lovers.

 

Young Tiger, France

Directed by Cyprien Vial

Cast: Harmandeep Palminder, Élisabeth Lando, and
Vikram Sharma

17-year old Many has lived in France for two years
and leads the life of a typical teenager, but his responsibility to financially
support his parents that remained in India push him into unprecedented danger.

 

Zombie: The Resurrection of Tim Zom, Netherlands

Directed by Billy Pols

Featuring: Tim Zom

The intriguing story of Tim Zom (AKA Zombie), who
breaks free from a dark, criminal life by falling in love, embracing the
streets, and redefining himself as one of Europe’s most distinguished
Skateboarders.

 

COMPETITION
CATEGORIES

 

INDEPENDENT
FEATURES

Competition

 

A Better You, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Matt Walsh

Cast: Brian Huskey, Morgan Walsh, Horatio Sanz,
Andrew Daly, Rob Huebel, and Matt Walsh

 

Bang Bang Baby, Canada – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Jeffrey St. Jules

Cast: Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin, Peter Stormare, and
David Reale

 

Heartbeat, Canada – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Andrea Dorfman

Cast: Tanya Davis, Stephanie Clattenburg, Stewart
Legere, Kristin Langille, Glen Matthews, and Jackie Torrens

 

Kill Me Three Times, Australia – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Kriv Stenders

Cast: Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Teresa Palmer,
Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, and Bryan Brown

 

Preggoland, Canada – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Jacob Tierney

Cast: Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Laura Harris, James
Caan, and Paul Campbell

 

Sins of a Father, USA/France/UK – World Premiere

Directed by Andrew Piddington

Cast: Alan Bates, Lambert Wilson, and David Oakes

 

The Truth About Lies, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Phil Allocco

Cast: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable

 

Uncanny, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Matthew Leutwyler

Cast: Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, David Clayton
Rogers, and Rainn Wilson

 

Wet Bum, Directed by Lindsay MacKay – U.S. Premiere

Cast: Julia Sarah Stone, Craig Arnold, Diana Leblanc,
Jenna Nye, Jamie Johnston, Leah Pinsent, and Kenneth Welsh

 

INTERNATIONAL
FEATURES

Competition

 

12 Citizens, China – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Xu Ang

Cast: He Bing, Han Tongsheng, Wang Gang

 

All Cats Are Grey (Tous Les Chats Sont Gris), Belgium
– U.S. Premiere
Directed by Savina Dellicour

Cast: Manon Capelle, Bouli Lanners, Anne Coesens, and
Dune de Braconier

 

The Chambermaid (Das Zimmermädchen Lynn), Germany –
U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ingo Haeb

Cast: Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis, Steffen Münster,
Christian Aumer, and Christine Schorn

 

Confession, South Korea – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Do-yun Lee

Cast: Sung Ji, Ji-hoon Ju, and Kwang-soo Lee

 

Directed by Do-yun Lee

Cast: Sung Ji, Ji-hoon Ju, and Kwang-soo Lee

 

Cruel, France – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Eric Cherrière

Cast: Jean-Jacques Lelté, Magali Moreau, and Maurice
Poli

 

I Hate the Dawn (Man Az Sepideye Sobh Bizaram), Iran
– U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ali Karim

Cast: Babak Karimi, Amir Azizi, Mohammad Ahmadi, and
Hossein Eskandari

 

In the Sands of Babylon, Iraq/Netherlands/United Arab
Emirates/UK – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji

Cast: Samer Qahtan, Ameer Jabarah, and Hasan Bkheet

 

Insecure, (Qui Vive), France – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Marianne Tardieu

Cast: Reda Kateb, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Rashid
Debbouze

 

Memories on Stone, (Bîranînen Li Ser Kevirî),
Germany/Iraq/Qatar – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Shawkat Amin Korki

Cast: Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei, Suat
Usta, and Salah Sheikh Ahmadi

 

Young Tiger, France – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Cyprien Vial

Cast: Harmandeep Palminder, Élisabeth Lando, and
Vikram Sharma

 

EASTERN
BLOC FEATURES

Competition

 

Barbarians (Vavari), Serbia/Montenegro/Slovenia –
U.S. Premiere

Directed by Ivan Ikić

Cast: Željko Marković, Nenad Petrović, Jasna
Djuričić, Mirko Vlahović, and Marina Vodeničar

 

Cure – The Life of Another, Switzerland/Croatia/Bosnia
and Herzegovina – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Andrea Staka

Cast: Sylvie Marinkovic, Lucia Radulovic, Mirjana
Karanovic, Marija Skaricic, Leon Lucev, and Franjo Dijak

 

The Judgement, (Sadilishteto), Bulgaria – U.S.
Premiere

Directed by Stephan Komandarev

Cast: Assen Blatechki, Miki Manojlovic, Ovanes
Torosyan, and Ina Nikolova

 

Kebab & Horoscope, Poland

Directed by Grzegorz Jaroszuk

Cast: Bartłomiej Topa, Piotr Żurawski, Tomek
Schuchardt, Justyna Wasilewska, Barbara Kurzaj, Andrzej Zieliński, Dorota
Kolak, and Janusz Michałowski

 

Monument to Michael Jackson (Spomenik Majklu
Dzeksonu), Croatia/Germany/ Republic of Macedonia/Serbia – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Darko Lungulov

Cast: Natasa Tapuskovic, Ljubomir Bandovic, and Boris
Milivojevic

 

The Way Out (Ceska Ven), Czech Republic/France – U.S.
Premiere

Directed by Petr Václav

Cast: Klaudia Dudová, David Ištok, Natálie Hlaváčová,
Mária Ferencová-Zajacová, and Milan Cifra

 

DOCUMENTARY
FEATURES

Competition

 

Caffeinated, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Hanh Nguyen and Vishal Solanki

Featuring: Doug Welsh, Geoff Watts, Peter Giuliano,
and Sunalini Menon

 

Children of the Arctic, Switzerland – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Nick Brandestini

 

Harvest (Vendange), France

Directed by Paul Lacoste

 

Heartworn Highways Revisited, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Wayne Price              

 

Hip
Hop-eration, New Zealand – U.S Premiere

Directed
by Bryn Evans

 

Now en Español, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Andrea Meller

 

Partners With the Enemy, Israel – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Duki Dror and Chen Shelach

 

Far From Home, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Galen Knowles

 

The Land of Many Palaces, China

Directed by Adam James Smith and Song Ting

 

SPANISH/LATIN
AMERICAN CINEMA

Competition

 

Aces (Os Fenómenos), Spain

Directed by Alfonso Zarauza

 

Amor, etc., Argentina

Directed by Gladys Lizarazu

 

Boss, Anatomy of a Crime, The (El Patrón, Radiografía
de un Crimen), Argentina, Venezuela

Directed by Sebastián Schindel

 

Carmen’s Karma (El Karma de Carmen), Argentina –
World

Directed by Rodolfo Durán

Cast: Laura Azcurra, Manuel Callau, and Ana María
Castel

 

El Cordero, Chile

Directed by Juan Francisco Olea

 

Day Release (Tercer Grado), Spain

Directed by Geoffrey Cowper

 

The Incident (El Incidente), Mexico

Directed by Isaac Ezban

 

The Naked Screen, Nicaragua

Directed by Florence Jaugey

 

Eighty Seven (Ochentasiete), Ecuador, Argentina,
Germany

Directed by Daniel Andrade, Anahí Hoeneisen

 

Happy Times (Tiempos Felices), Mexico

Directed by Luis Javier M. Henaine

 

FUND FOR
SANTA BARBARA SOCIAL JUSTICE

Competition

A Snake

Energized (Macht Energie), Austria – U.S.
Premiere 

Directed by Hubert Canaval

 

Do I Sound Gay?, USA

Directed by David Thorpe

 

I Am Femen (Je Suis Femen), Switzerland

Directed by Alain Margot

 

The Land of Many Palaces, China

Directed by Adam James Smith and Song Ting

 

Mad as Hell, USA – US

Directed by Andrew Napier

 

Natural Resistance, France/Italy – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Jonathan Nossiter

 

Tiger, Tiger – World Premiere

Directed by George Butler

 

Life According to Ohad, Israel – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Eri Daniel Erlich

The Year We Thought About Love, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Ellen Brodsky

 

NON-COMPETITION
FILMS

 

SPECIAL
PRESENTATIONS

 

Black Coal, Thin Ice, China

Directed by Yi’nan Diao

Cast: Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang

 

Citizenfour, Germany/USA

Directed by Laura Poitras

Featuring: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob
Appelbaum

 

Clouds of Sils Maria, France/USA

Directed by Olivier Assayas

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace
Moretz, Lars Eidinger

 

Force Majeure (Turist), Sweden

Directed by Ruben Östlund

Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren,
Vincent Wettergren

 

Keep On Keepin’ On, USA

Directed by Alan Hicks

Featuring: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Gwen Terry,
Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Phyllis Kauflin

 

Leviathan, Russian Federation

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Cast: Alexey Serebryakov, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir
Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova, Sergey Pokhodaev

 

Life Itself, USA

Directed by Steve James

Featuring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel

 

Maps to the Stars, Canada/Germany

Directed by David Cronenberg

Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack,
Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams

 

Nightingale, USA

Directed by Elliott Lester

Cast: David Oyelowo

 

Tangerines, Estonia

Directed by Zaza Urushadze

Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Mikheil Meskhi,
Giorgi Nakashidze, Raivo Trass

 

Theeb, United Arab Emirates/Qatar/Jordan/UK

Directed by Naji Abu Nowar

Cast: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat and Jack Fox

 

Timbuktu, France/Mauritania

Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri

 

Wild Tales, Argentina/Spain

Directed by Damián Szifrón

Cast: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo
Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti

 

Haemoo, South Korea

Directed by Sung-bo Shim

Cast: Yoon-seok Kim, Ye-ri Han, and Yu-chun Park

 

NORDIC

 

Beatles, Norway – U.S. Premiere

Directed by Peter Flinth

Cast: Louis Williams, Håvard Jackwitz, Ole Nicolai
Myrvold Jørgensen, Halvor Tangen Schultz

 

Eila, Rampe and Baby Girl (Eila, Rampe Ja Likka),
Finland – World Premiere 

Directed by Taru Mäkelä

Cast: Heidi Herala, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Emmi
Parviainen, and Riku Niemine

 

Force Majeure (Turist), Sweden

Directed by Ruben Östlund

Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara
Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

 

The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja), Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski

Cast: Antti Litja, Petra Frey, Mari Perankoski, Iikka
Forss

 

Itsi Bitsi, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden

Directed by Ole Christian Madsen

Cast: Joachim Fjelstrup, Marie Tourell Søderberg,
Christian Gade Bjerrum, Johannes Nymark, Jakob Randrup, Ola Rapace, Anette
Støvelbæk, Julia Ragnarsson, and Thure Lindhardt

 

Life in a Fishbowl (Vonarstræti), Czech Republic,
Finland, Iceland, Sweden

Directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson

Cast: Hera Hilmar, Thorsteinn Bachmann, and Thor
Kristjansson

 

They Have Escaped (He Ovat Paenneet),
Finland/Netherlands – U.S. Premiere

Directed by JP Valkeapää

Cast: Teppo Manner, Roosa Söderholm, Pelle Heikkilä,
and Petteri Pennilä

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