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iW NEWS | “Definitely, Maybe” and “Unknown Woman” Bookend Upcoming Santa Barbara Film Fest

iW NEWS | "Definitely, Maybe" and "Unknown Woman" Bookend Upcoming Santa Barbara Film Fest

The world premiere of Adam Brooks‘ romantic comedy “Definitely, Maybe” will open the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, organizers have announced. The 23rd edition of the event will feature 215 films, including 20 world and 22 U.S. debuts from 49 countries in the tony California seaside community January 24 – February 3. Other highlights include a tribute to “Away From Her” star Julie Christie, and a retrospective for filmmaker Norman Jewison, who will serve this year as the festival’s “Guest Director.” Cate Blanchett will receive SBIFF’s Modern Masters Award, and Javier Bardem will take the fest’s “Montecito Award.” Ryan Gosling will also receive SBIFF honors, taking the first “Independent Award,” while the Virtuosos 2008 Award wll go to Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and Amy Ryan. Tommy Lee Jones will receive the American Riviera Award and Angelina Jolie will be honored with the “Outstanding Performance of the Year Award” on February 2. Closing the event is the U.S. premiere of Italian/French production “The Unknown Woman” (La Sconosciuta) by Giuseppe Tornatore. For more information and a full list of this year’s line up, visit the festival’s website. [Brian Brooks]

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