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Henry Jaglom’s “Festival in Cannes” will kick off the 17th Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival and George Hickenlooper’s “The Man From Elysian Fields” will close the fest, which runs Feb. 27-March 3.

The annual event, which was pared down to five days from the usual 11, will unspool 10 world, six North American and three U.S. preems.

“Festival in Cannes,” which stars Anouk Aimee, Maxmilian Schell, Greta Scacchi, Ron Silver, Zack Norman and newcomer Jenny Gabrielle, sets three love stories, spanning three generations, against the backdrop of the international movie biz.

In addition to the screening, Jaglom will be highlighted with a “Spotlight on Directing With Henry Jaglom” session, featuring a screening of “Someone to Love” (1987), followed by a Q&A.

The SBIFF screening of “Fields,” starring Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams and James Coburn, is not pic’s preem. Saga about the life of a struggling writer previously unspooled at the Toronto Film Festival and Sundance.

The SBIFF, which previously announced it will fete Sean Penn with the Modern Masters nod, also plans to salute Anjelica Huston with a screening of “Prizzi’s Honor,” followed by a Q&A.

17th Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival

World Premieres

  • Arisman: Facing the Audience, USA, directed by Tony Silver. Celebrated illustrator, educator, and artist Marshall Arisman divines the Sacred in monkeys, angels, humans or hyenas. An image-maker who sees and reveals essences – and auras. Director Silver and Marshall Arisman will be present.

  • Bug, USA, directed by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. A delightfully quirky look at the six degrees of separation that divide us all–and particularly a group of Los Angelenos whose cause-and-effect actions lead them to a common destiny. Directors Manfredi & Hay will be present, along with cast members including Brian Cox (L.I.E.), Alexis Cruz and Michael Hitchcock.

  • Crazy Jones, USA, directed by Joe Aaron. Finnegan Jones, a 40-year-old, semi-suicidal, leaf blower with Tourette’s Syndrome falls in love with Syd – a precocious, green-haired 12 year-old girl. Stars Aaron, Francesca Catalano, Elizabeth Ince and Tess Borden. Writer, Director and Star Joe Aaron will be present, with producer Keith Coene and cast member Francesca Catalano.

  • Defining Maggie, USA, directed by Neil Abramson. A seemingly happy couple must confront ghosts of the past after the wife’s brother provokes a shocking revelation. Stars Molly Hagen, Todd Kimsey, Jeff Kober and Nina Siemaszko. Director Abramson and cast members Molly Hagan, Todd Kimsey and Jeff Kober will be present.

  • The Gatekeeper, USA, directed by John Carlos Frey. A highly charged, emotional drama exploring the human and civil unrest at the Mexican American Border. Stars Frey, Michelle Agnew, Anne Betancourt and Joel Brooks. Writer, Director and Star John Carlos Frey will be present with cast members. Winner of the Phoenix Prize, for Best feature-length film, U.S. or foreign, that salutes the spirit of the “outsider,” a group or person who embodies the courage and tenacity of the human spirit and who traditionally has been denied a voice.

  • Made-Up (A Vanity Production), USA, directed by Tony Shalhoub. A coming-of-middle-age comedy. A divorced mother, talked into a makeover by her 16-year-old daughter, finds love when least expecting it. Stars Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Lynne Adams and Eva Amurri. Director Shalhoub, star Brooke Adams and writer/star Lynne Adams will be present.

  • Mai’s America, USA, directed by Marlo Poras. Documentary about a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh’s revolution who crash lands in rural Mississippi for her senior year of high school. Director/writer Poras and producer Michele Gisser will be present.

  • The Perfect You, USA, directed by Matthew Miller. A romantic comedy about two people who don’t realize how perfect they are for each other. Stars Jenny McCarthy, Chris Eigeman, Paul Dooley and Josh Stamberg. Director Miller and cast members Chris Eigeman and Jenny McCarthy will be present.

  • Shanghai Ghetto, USA, directed by Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann. Fleeing for their lives in the late 1930’s, German Jews journeyed to Shanghai, arriving penniless and unprepared for life in the Far East. Narrated by Martin Landau. Landau may be in attendance.

  • Tenfold, USA, directed by Zachary Zises. An intriguing moral allegory about a lawyer whose attempt to make good on past misdeeds has unexpected consequences. Stars Tim Decker, Holli Hornlien and Joe Forbrich. Director Zises and cast member Joe Forbrich will be present.

North American Premieres

  • God’s Children, Japan, directed by Hiroshi Shinomiya. A documentary story of resilience and family love in an environment beyond the imagination of most of us.

  • Helmut Newton’s SUMO, Germany, directed by Julian Benedikt. A documentary tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most influential, intriguing and controversial photographers.

  • Julietta, Germany, directed by Christoph Stark. A dramatic teenage love story set against the backdrop of Europe’s biggest party, the Berlin Love Parade.

  • Photos To Send, people to go back to, USA, directed by Deidre Lynch. Documentary director Dierdre Lynch retraces world-renowned photographer Dorothea Lange’s 1954 travels to Ireland while on assignment for LIFE magazine. Director/producer Lynch and co-producer Pam Rorke Levy will be present.

  • A Single Drop of Water in a Mighty River, Japan, directed by Seijiro Koyama. A haunting film about life, love, and loss that follows the love affair between a Russian musician and a Japanese woman.

  • Virginia’s Run, USA, directed by Peter Markle. A teenager grieving over her mother’s death learns the power of pursuing a dream when she enters her horse in a local competition. Stars Gabriel Byrne, Joanne Whalley, Lindze Letherman and Kevin Zegers. Director Markle, producers Robert Schwartz & Leif Bristow and cast will be present.

U.S. Premieres are as follows:

  • Malunde, S. Africa/Germany, directed by Stefanie Sycholt. A bittersweet tale about the unlikely friendship that blossoms between a former apartheid soldier and a streetwise black kid.

  • Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds, USA/France/Japan, directed by Mark Kidel. A definitive account of the sitar maestro’s unique musical career. Producer Jane Weiner will be present.

  • Zus & Zo, Netherlands, directed by Paula van der Oest. A comedy about love, family, and other discomforts. Director van der Oest and cast will be present.

Other Films

  • Aftermath: The Remnants of War, Canada, Documentary directed by Daniel Sekulich. War has a dirty little secret: it never really ends. Based on the Gelber Prize winning book by Donovan.

  • All the Queen’s Men, USA, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. Berlin, 1944: A motley crew of special forces agents, disguised as women, is sent behind enemy lines to infiltrate an Enigma factory and steal the infamous Nazi cipher machine. Stars Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo, Nicolette Krebitz, Udo Kier, David Birkin and Oliver Korittke. Producer Marco Weber will be present and some cast members may come.

  • Black Box Germany, Germany, directed by Andres Veiel. Two Germans’ careers…. one leads to the top of the business world, the other to the armed underworld.

  • The Business of Fancydancing, USA, directed by Sherman Alexie. A poetic story of growth, death and the choices that define us. Stars Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, Gene Tagaban, Swil Kanim. Director Alexie may be present.

  • Crush, UK, directed by John McKay. The close-knit group of three female friends is turned upside down when one of them falls in love with a sexy outsider. Stars Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, Kenny Doughty and Bill Paterson.

  • Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, USA, directed by Peter Care. A gang of Catholic school friends are caught drawing an obscene comic book and rebel by planning a heist designed to make themselves local legends. Stars Emile Hirsch, Jodie Foster, Jena Malone, Kieran Culkin and Vincent D’Onofrio. Director Care and cast members including Jodie Foster will attend.

  • Daughter From Danang, USA, directed by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco. Documentary about a Vietnamese mother and her Amerasian daughter whose joyful reunion is quickly shattered as the realities of cultural differences emerge. Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, 2002. Directors Dolgin and Franco will be present.

  • Demon of the Derby, USA, directed by Sharon Rutter. 71-year-old Roller Derby Queen Ann Calvello continues to be hell on wheels. Director Rutter, producer Christine Murray and Ann Calvello will be present.

  • Dogtown and Z-Boys, USA, directed by Stacy Peralta. A group of accidental revolutionaries and gifted kids inadvertently inspire an American pop culture phenomenon. Director Peralta and narrator Sean Penn will be present.

  • Harrison’s Flowers, France, directed by Elie Chouraqui. When a prize-winning photojournalist goes missing in Bosnia, his wife embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth about his disappearance. Stars Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, David Strathairn and Alun Armstrong.

  • Hotel, UK, directed by Mike Figgis. A film for all Figgis fans. Cannibalism, assassination and sex are just a few of the strange goings on in a hotel where a director attempts to shoot a medieval play (The duchess of Malfi) with an ensemble cast of characters. Stars David Schwimmer, Max Beesley, Salma Hayek, Lucy Lui, Burt Reynolds.

  • How Harry Became a Tree, Ireland, directed by Goran Paskaljevic. A comic parable about hate and the clash between tradition and modernization. Stars Colm Meaney, Adrian Dunbar and Cillian Murphy.

  • The Lady and the Duke, France, directed by Eric Rohmer. The complex and ambiguous friendship between a young Scottish aristocrat and the Duke of Orleans, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Director Rohmer will be present.

  • The Making of the Revolution, Netherlands, directed by Katarina Rejger, Eric van den Broek. Cinema verité documentary of the uprising of Otpor!, the students’ movement and driving force of the revolution, against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic.

  • Nine Queens, Argentina, directed by Fabian Bielinsky. Two small-time swindlers team up after meeting in a convenience store and become involved in a half million-dollar deal.

  • The Orphan of Anyang, China, directed by Wang Chao. A baby is abandoned by its mother, taken in by an unemployed factory worker, and sought after by a local gangster. A film about desperation, survival and hope. Director Chao and cinematographer Xi Zhang will be present.

  • Pauline and Paulette, Belgium/France/the Netherlands, directed by Lieven Debrauwer. An elderly woman and her sister develop a relationship that bonds them for the rest of their days.

  • Risotto, Greece, directed by Olga Malea. For 2 young couples in crisis, the problems start when the sex stops.

  • Scheme C6, USA, directed by Rob Nilsson. A young auto parts thief comes to blows with friends and family over a scheme gone awry. Stars Cory Duval, Monica Cortes, David Fine and MC Mars. Director Nilsson and cast member Cory Duval will be present.

  • A Song for Martin, Denmark/Germany/Sweden, directed by Bille August. A love story of 2 dynamic musicians and their battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Un Crabe Dans La Tete, Canada, directed by Andre Turpin. An imaginative film about the impossibility of pleasing others and oneself at the same time.

  • Waterboys, Japan, directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. The world’s first all-male synchronized swim movie!

  • Young Love, Finland, directed by Arto Lehkamo. Set in a suburb of Helsinki, 13 year-old Jukka uses his budding photographic skills to propel the object of his affection into stardom. Director Lehkamo will be present.

  • The Zookeeper, Czech Republic, directed by Ralph Ziman. At a time of war, one man had the courage to do what was right. Stars Sam Neill and Gina McKee. Star Sam Neill will be present.



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    • A Perfect Balance, Connections, Hidden City, Island Home, One Earth, Why Are We Here, all directed by Larry Kopald

      Short Films One

      • Angel (Anim), Korea, directed by Aaron Lim. A short film about hope!

      • Major Damage (Anim), USA, directed by Chris Bailey. It’s Major Damage, a genetically engineered man of tomorrow.

      • Black Soul (Anim), Canada, directed by Martine Chartrand. A whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black history.

      • Rocks and Chocolate, Bulgaria, directed by Teddy Sharkova. The warm relationship between a little girl and her father thrives despite difficult times.

      • (de)compression, USA, directed by Shawn Yashar. A seemingly innocuous leak threatens to flood an urban apartment.

      • The Butcher, USA, directed by Shawn Ku. A detective on the hunt for a serial killer finds the trail leads to the butcher. WORLD PREMIERE

      • Eight, USA, directed by Sarah Bassine. Chance and coincidence weave eight stories in the naked city into one.

      Short Films Two

      • Vessel Wrestling (Anim), USA, directed by Lisa Yu. A woman serves dinner. She waits. Stuff happens. Won Best Experimental Short in Slamdance.

      • A Conversation with Haris (Anim), USA, directed by Sheila M. Sofian. An interview with Haris, an 11-year-old Bosnian immigrant.

      • Strange Invaders (Anim), Canada, directed by Cordell Barker. Roger and Doris receive a strange visitor. Is it a child … a gift from Heaven or much further out?

      • Dear John, USA, directed by Patrick O’Connor. The memory of a lover lures John into a journey of obsession.

      • Phase, USA, directed by Shawn Yashar. A man finds himself unable to keep pace with his surroundings.

      Short Films Three

      • Horses on Mars (Anim), USA, directed by Eric Anderson. A microbe’s 4-billion-year journey to find home.

      • Inside, USA, directed by Trevor Sands. Who do you listen to when there’s more than just you?

      • Woman X, UK, directed by Evan Richards. A repressed bank manager has a twisted encounter with a homeless woman. WORLD PREMIERE

      • Taking the Wheel, USA, directed by David Ackerman. An obstinate 90-year-old woman refuses to give up driving!

      • Morning Breath, USA, directed by Brin Hill. A man must choose between true love and the rugged glitz of the streets. Honorable Mention, Shorts, Sundance, 2002.

      Short Films Four

      • The Terms, Ireland, directed by Johnny O’Reilly. A tale of desperation, love and hate between a father and son.

      • Ultra Violet, USA, directed by Paul Budnitz. A fast-paced tale of who’s watching whom.

      • Border, USA, directed by Annette Solakoglu. The difference between men and geese.

      • Another Life, USA, directed by Tracey D’Arcy. Life isn’t always what it seems…or is it?

      • Backslide, USA, directed by Rick Ross. Two God-fearing teenagers in the 8 minutes after losing their virginity.

      • Gregor’s Greatest Invention, Germany, directed by Johannes Kiefer. Ingenuity, love and a wing and a prayer get Grandma mobile again.

      Santa Barbara Student Shorts

      • The Picnic, USA, directed by Viken Nokhoudian. A 1920s silent film production goes awry when the villain lives up to his role.

      • Capoeira: Freedom of the Soul, USA, directed by Mariana Fortes. A Brazilian musical art form developed by the slaves. WORLD PREMIERE

      • Eikasia, USA, directed by Jeremy Eric Platt. A contemporary adaptation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

      • Unscrewed, USA, directed by Jenna Baum. A dark, romantic comedy about a couple’s first date together.

      • Elias and Margarita, USA, directed by Alison Nigh. A man realizes what he could have had if he had opened his eyes. WORLD PREMIERE
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