By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 19, 2011 at 3:49PM
The world premiere of "Darling Companion" directed by Lawrence Kasdan ("The Big Chill") and starring Diane Keaton, Kevlin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass and Elizabeth Moss, will kick off the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Sony Pictures Classics film will screen Thursday, January 26.
Here's the film's description via the festival:
In"Darling Companion," Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.
To pay tribute to Kasdan, the festival will feature a retrospective of his work in their program. "Body Heat," "The Big Chill" and "Grand Canyon" will screen and Kasdan will be present to take part in a Q&A.
The festival runs January 26 -- Februrary 5.