‘Wedding’ Kicks Off Fest Anni

Aussie P.J. Hogan’s comedy “Muriel’s Wedding” opens the 10th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival March 3-12 at the Arlington Theater. More than 120 features, short films and documentaries later, the fest will close with a salute to Shirley Jones, including a screening marking the 40th anniversary of “Oklahoma!”

Michael Douglas will receive the inaugural Modern Master Award for his film work; Jessica Lange will be saluted for her Golden Globe-winning perf in “Blue Sky,” which will be screened; and Chazz Palminteri will be recognized with a screening of “A Bronx Tale,” which he starred in and wrote.

Among the 11 world premieres slated for the fest are Merlin Miller’s “A Place to Grow,” Scott Wiper’s “Captain Jack,” Rosanne Ehrlich’s docu “Dear Babe”; Hal Salwen’s “Denise Calls Up,” Paul Leder’s “Dr. Boris & Ms. Duluth,” Paul Duran’s “Flesh Suitcase” and Nick Vallelonga’s “In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man With One Eye Is King.”

Other films bowing include Encke King’s “Ignatz and Lotte,” Victoria Riskin’s “My Antonia,” Steve Railsback’s “The Spy Within” and William Harper’s “Since the Beginning.”

The fest also features the U.S. premieres of Maurice O’Callaghan’s Irish drama “Broken Harvest”; Pat O’Connor’s “Circle of Friends,” starring Chris O’Donnell; and Austrian Dieter Berner’s “Joint Venture.”

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