Sarasota fest turns 10


Celebrating its tenth year in April, The Sarasota Film Festival will honor Charlize Theron, Ted Hope and actor/writer/director Stanley Tucci. United Artists' Paula Wagner and CAA's Rick Nicita will serve as honorary chairs at the festival, which runs April 4-13.

As part of this year's festival lineup, Helen Hunt's "Then She Found Me" will be highlighted in the narrative feature competition along with Cristian Nemescu's "California Dreamin' " and Fatih Akin's "Edge of Heaven," among others.

Nanette Burstein's "American Teen" will be showcased in the best documentary feature competition along with seven other documentary titles.

The Independent Visions competition lineup was also announced, including such titles as "Medicine For Melancholy" by Barry Jenkins and "My Effortless Brilliance" by Lynn Shelton.

As the festival's 2008 Master of World Cinema Award winner, Liv Ullmann will be honored while the complete retrospective of the twelve film collaborations between Ullmann and director Ingmar Bergman will be presented.