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The Sonoma International Film Festival is celebrating the best in film this year (as well as the best food, wine and spirits Northern California has to offer) has today announced the lineup for their 19th incarnation. SIFF presents over 100 films shown at 6 venues, all within walking distance from Sonoma’s historic plaza in the heart of California Wine Country and, this year, will host nearly 200 filmmakers from around the world.
Opening this year’s festival is Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs,” which stars Amy Ryan, Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Rachel Brosnahan; closing this year’s festival is “The Sense of Wonder,” a romantic comedy directed by French filmmaker Éric Besnard. Other highlights include Sundance hit “First Girl I Loved,” Chris Million’s documentary “Jack London” and the festival favorite “Between Land and Sea.”
This year, SIFF will honor actor and director Meg Ryan and writer Robert Mark Kamen with Sonoma Salute Awards. Ryan’s tribute event beginning with a special screening of her directorial feature film debut, “Ithaca.” Carmen’s event precedes the opening night film and, later in the festival, Kamen with give a Screenwriting Masterclass.
“Every year we set out to bring unique films with new, provocative and inspiring ideas, accompanied by their filmmakers which add a certain pizzazz to our five-day festival,” said Executive Director Kevin McNeely in an official statement. “We are thrilled to present fresh films that have not been seen at many of the world’s festivals, unique entertainment and celebrities, all adding to the mix of our welcoming and entertaining festival.”
The five-day program will take place March 30 – April 3. You can read more about the festival and its lineup at its official site.