Santa Barbara Film Fest To Open With ‘Mission Blue,’ Show Silents for Super Bowl Sunday

Santa Barbara Film Fest To Open With 'Mission Blue,' Show Silents for Super Bowl Sunday

Fest will launch with environmental documentary, and show “Wings” and “The Thief of Bagdad” during the big game

The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open on Jan. 30 with “Mission Blue,” an environmental  documentary directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens, and close on Feb. 9 with screenings of all three films in the Richard Linklater-Julie Delpy-Ethan Hawke “Before” trilogy: “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.”

It will also screen “Wings” (above) and “The Thief of Bagdad” as part of a special program of silent movies on Super Bowl Sunday.

The festival announced its complete lineup on Tuesday, and will feature 23 world premieres and 31 U.S. premieres.

The lineup, some of which was announced previously, will also include special screenings, industry panels, seminars and tributes to Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio and a “Virtuosos” lineup of Daniel Bruhl, Adele Exarchopoulos, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto and June Squibb.

Also read: ‘Before Midnight's’ Director, Stars Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke Celebrate ‘the Lowest-Grossing Trilogy Ever’

Complete information about the festival is available at www.sbiff.org.

The film program:

[World premieres indicated by **, U.S. premieres by *]

OPENING NIGHT GALA
“Mission Blue” **
Directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens, featuring oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

CLOSING NIGHT GALA
“Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight”
Directed by Richard Linklater, featuring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Screenings will be followed by Q&A with Linklater, Delpy and Hawke.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

INDEPENDENT FEATURES
1982,
Tommy Oliver
BFFs, Andrew Putschoegi **
Barefoot, Andrew Flemming **
Chu and Blossom, Charles Chu, Gavin Kelly **
Mount Joy, Jack Lewars **
Night Has Settled, Steve Clark **
Noble,  Stephen Bradley **
Warren, Alex Beh **

INTERNATIONAL FEATURES
Eastern Boys,
Robin Campillo *
Found & Lost, Xiao Wei Zhu *
For A Woman (Pour une femme), Diane Kurys
If I Close My Eyes I’m Not Here (Se chiudo gli occhi non sono più qui), Vittorio Moroni *
The Major, Yuri Bykov
Metalhead, Ragnar Bragason *
October November (Oktober November), Götz Spielmann *
Sam, Elena Hazanov **
Triptych (Triptyque), Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires *
Under the Starry Sky, Dyana Gaye *

EASTERN BLOC FEATURES
Adria Blues,
Miroslav Mandic *
Bauyr (Little Brother), Serik Aprymov *
Clownwise, Viktor Taus *
The Gambler (Losejas), Ignas Jonynas *
The Japanese Dog, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu *
One Way Ticket to the Moon (Bilet na księżyc), Jacek Bromski *
Revival, Alice Nellis *

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
A la Bizkaina,
Aritz Galarza *
Bella Vita, Jason Baffa *
Burt’s Buzz, Jody Shapiro
César’s Grill, Dario Aguirre *
Do You Believe in Love?, Daniel Wasserman *
Gurukulam, Jillian Elizabeth **
The Last Black Sea Pirates, Svetoslav Stoyanov
On A River in Ireland, Colin Stafford-Johnson
Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, Matt Livadary **
The Village of Peace, Nicholas Philipides, Ben Schuder **

SPANISH/LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
Algunas chicas (Some Girls),
Santiago Palavecino *
The Amazing Catfish (Los insólitos peces gato), Claudia Sainte-Luce *
Cannibal (Caníbal), Manuel Martín Cuenca *
God’s Slave (Esclavo de dios), Joel Novoa *
Saudade, Juan Carlos Donoso Gomez *
Solo, José Ramón Novoa *
Sombras de azul (Shades of Blue), Kelly Daniela Norris
Violet, Luiso Berdejo *
Wounded (La herida), Fernando Franco *

FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA SOCIAL JUSTICE
Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr. Pepper
, Drew Rist **
Hue: A Matter of Colour, Vic Sarin
Invitation to Dance, Christian von Tippelskirch **
The Last One, Nadine C. Licostie **
The Passage, Alexander Douglas
Roaming Wild, Sylvia Johnson **
Shadow in Baghdad, Duki Dror *
Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, Thomas Allen Harris

NON–COMPETITION FILMS

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
15 Years + 1 Day (15 años y un dia),
Gracia Querejeta
African Metropolis, Côte d'Ivoire, Jim Chuchu, Ahmed Ghoneimy, Folasakin Iwajomo, Marie KA, Philippe Lacôte, Vincent Moloi *
Child’s Pose (Pozitia copilului), Calin Peter Netzer
Code Black, Ryan McGarry
Gabrielle, Louise Archambault
Heart of a Lion, Dome Karukoski
La Juala de Oro (The Golden Dream), Diego Quemada-Díez
My Sweet Pepper Land, Hinder Saleem
The Notebook, János Szász
Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss), Benedikt Erlingsson
One Chance, David Frankel
We Are the Best! (Vi är bäst!), Lukas Moodysson

PAN ASIA
Cold Eyes,
Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo
Found & Lost, Xiao Wei Zhu
Ilo ilo, Anthony Chen
Late Spring, Keun-Hyun Cho **
The Missing Picture (L’image manquante), Rithy Panh
Siddharth, Richie Mehta
Transit, Hannah Espia
Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru mono), Lee Sang-il

KOLNOA
Bethlehem,
Yuval Adler
Cupcakes, Eytan Fox
Do You Believe in Love?, Daniel Wasserman
Shadow in Baghdad, Duki Dror
Transit, Hannah Espia
A Universal Language, Igal Hecht
The Village of Peace, Nicholas Philipides, Ben Schuder

SCREEN CUISINE
A la Bizkaina,
Aritz Galarza
A Year in Champagne, David Kennard **
Bottled Up: The Battle Over Dublin Dr Pepper, Drew Rist
César’s Grill, Dario Aguirre
Dog Days, Laura Waters Hinson, Kasey Kirby
Le Chef (Comme un chef), Daniel Cohen
Make Hummus Not War, Trevor Graham
Paulette, Jérôme Enrico *

THE WORLD LAUGHS
The Grand Seduction,
Don McKeller
Le Chef (Comme un chef), Daniel Cohen
Paulette, Jérôme Enrico
The Priest’s Children (Svećenikova djeca), Vinko Brešan
Revival, Alice Nellis
A Universal Language, Igal Hecht
When Jews Were Funny, Alan Zweig

TO THE MAXXX
Bella Vita, Jason Baffa
Driven, Ben Pitterie, Brian Hall **
The Old, the Young and the Sea, Mario Hainzl *
A Life Outside, Catherine Brabec **

APPLEBOX
Frozen,  Chuck Buck, Jennifer Lee
Despicable Me 2, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Monsters University, Dan Scanlon

SANTA BARBARA FEATURES
Lutah Maria Riggs,
Kum-Kum Bhavnani **
BridgeWalkers, Kara Rhodes
Falcon Song, Jason Brown **
Menthol, Micah Van Hove **
Orenthal: The Musical, Jeff Rosenberg
Selma Rubin and Community of Life, Beezhan Tulu
Tough Bond,  Austin Peck