Vanessa Parise’s “Kiss the Bride” will kick off the fifth Sarasota Film Festival, which unspools Jan. 24-Feb. 2.
Pic, which stars Alyssa Milano and Johnathon Schaech, won the top prize at the Hamptons Intl. Festival this fall.
Highlights of the newly expanded 10-day fest include appearances by Todd Haynes and composer Elmer Bernstein, who will conduct a performance of his musical scores by the Florida West Coast Symphony. Haynes and Bernstein will be on hand for a post-screening discussion of “Far From Heaven.”
Olympia Dukakis will be the subject of this year’s celebrity symposium and discuss her career after a screening of pic “The Intended,” which also stars Janet McTeer and Brenda Fricker.
Indie lineup includes Douglas Morse’s “The Adulterer,” comedy “Martin & Orloff” and doc “Hell House.” Deepa Mehta’s “Bollywood/ Hollywood,” Swedish pic “Together” and English drama “I Capture the Castle” will be among the international selections.
For the first time, Sarasota will hand out prizes in narrative and doc categories.
Fest’s special sections include a slate full of films by and about women, shorts and educational and community outreach programs featuring kidcentric fare. In all, nearly 150 titles will screen during the fest’s run.
As previously announced, Richard Dreyfuss will pick up the career achievement award on Feb. 1. For additional information, visit www.sarasotafilmfest.com.