For Santa Barbara opener, 'Definitely' is a sure thing

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The 23rd edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Universal's "Definitely, Maybe."

The romantic comedy from writer-director Adam Brooks stars Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz. It opens domestically Feb. 14.

The fest's closing night will feature the U.S. premiere of Giuseppe Tornatore's drama "The Unknown Woman," starring Xenia Rappoport, Michele Placido and Claudia Gerini.

The Jan. 24-Feb. 3 festival will feature 215 films representing 49 countries and include 20 world premieres and 22 U.S. premieres.

Norman Jewison will participate as guest director. The festival has scheduled screenings of his classics "In the Heat of the Night," "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Moonstruck." A conversation with Jewison will follow the screening of "Moonstruck."

Another session will include a screening of "The Pixar Story" followed by a conversation with Brad Bird, director of "Ratatouille" and "The Incredibles."

Among the honors, Virtuosos 2008 Awards will be presented to Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and Amy Ryan. The Hollywood Reporter editor Elizabeth Guider will moderate.

Scheduled world premieres include "3:19," helmed by Danny Saadia; Dennis Fallon's "All Roads Lead Home"; and documentaries "Bustin' Down the Door," helmed by Jeremy Gosch; "Dreams of Flight," directed by Jason Bourque; and Mark Manning's "The Road to Fallujah."

Panels will include "Location Location Location: The Greening of Hollywood," showcasing resources and techniques for creating environmentally friendly film and video productions.
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