Sarasota Film Festival Unveils Its 2014 Lineup
The Sarasota Film Festival unveiled its 2014 lineup, which will include John Slattery’s God's Pocket, Charlie McDowell's The One I Love, Andrew Rossi’s Ivory Tower and Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam.
Last Days of Vietnam will kick off the annual festival, which runs April 4-13, as the opening-night film. The film also will launch the festival’s Acts of Valor program, which examines the experience of American veterans from World War I to today and features an array of new, classic and archival films screening throughout the festival.
The Mark Duplass-Elisabeth Moss starrer The One I Love will close the festival, while God's Pocket, whose cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Ivory Tower will serve as the festival's Centerpiece Films.
Among the feature film premieres are BFE by Shawn Telford (world premiere), Bloody Beans by Narimane Mari (U.S. premiere), If You Take This by Craig Butta (world premiere), Joy Kevin by Caleb Johnson (world premiere), Road to Palmoa by Jason Momoa (world premiere), Something, Anything by Paul Harrill (world premiere), She's Beautiful When She's Angry by Mary Dore (world premiere), A Street in Palermo (U.S. premiere), Thou Wast Mild and Lovely by Josephine Decker (North American premiere) and When the World's on Fire by James Clauer (world premiere).
The Sarasota Film Festival also announced its Spotlight program, which will showcase Richard Shepard's Dom Hemingway, Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, Margaret Brown's The Great Invisible, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's The Last of Robin Hood, Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child, Momoa’s Road to Palmoa and Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures.
The festival’s three juried competition lineups feature several premieres and internationally acclaimed films. The narrative feature competition includes Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier, Cannibal by Manuel Martín Cuneca, IDA by Pawel Pawlikowski, If You Don't, I Will by Sophie Fillières, Locke by Steven Knight, Stray Dogs by Tsai Ming-liang, We Are the Best! by Lukas Moodysson and Young & Beautiful by François Ozon.
The documentary feature competition will showcase Actress by Robert Greene, Approaching the Elephant by Amanda Rose Wilder, Bloody Beans, Happy Valley by Amir Bar-Lev, Manakaman by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Rich Hill by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon by Mike Myers and The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga by Jessica Oreck.
The independent visions competition, a platform for the discovery of new American filmmakers, features BFE, Big in Japan by John Jeffcoat, I Believe in Unicorns by Leah Meyerehoff, Joy Kevin, Memphis by Tim Sutton, Something, Anything, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and When the World's on Fire by James Clauer (World Premiere). The winner of this competition will nab a first-look distribution deal from Factory 25.
The festival also continues its youthFEST program, with free films and programs for kids and families, serving over 5,000 students in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Films include advance screenings of Disneynature’s Bears, the Oscar-nominated Ernest & Celestine and a beach screening of the Disney classic The Little Mermaid.
"The Sarasota Film Festival continues to shine a national and international spotlight on our community," festival board president Mark Famiglio said. "Our community partnerships with local organizations and the international filmmaking community provide a unique opportunity for local non-profits to spread their messages through the art of film. We look forward to another outstanding year of world class films and events as we showcase our community."
Added festival director Tom Hall: "We have worked diligently to create a balanced and exciting program that reflects the state of the art of film. We are very excited to bring these films and filmmakers to our audiences and to continue to create a vital platform for movies that, we hope, can have a positive impact on our community and in the national cinematic conversation."
A full list of 112 features and 140 short films can be found at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com.