With only three weeks until Opening Night, the excitement surrounding the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues to grow exponentially. Most recently, LD Entertainment‘s film Disconnect has been slotted to make its American debut at the Opening Night festivities, and (hold in your swoons ladies) Leonardo DiCaprio of this winter’s Django Unchained will receive the American Riviera Award.
Disconnect, starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, and Max Theirot, chronicles the progression of humanity’s obsession with everything technological, and how little we can connect to our fellow humans because of it, no matter how much we crave it. For those unable to attend the festival, the film will open to the public on April 19 of this year. Opening Night and this film’s screening will take place Thursday, January 24, at the Arlington Theatre, and if you keep your eyes open, you just may see the cast flitting around town.
Another great honor goes to Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award eight days later on Friday, February 1. As Roger Durling, the festival’s executive director, states, “We are thrilled to be honoroing Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us another layer of his immeasurable talent.” This prestigious award, which honors an individual whose performances and talent directly influence American Cinema, has recognized several cinematic legends in the past, including last year’s Martin Scorsese and 2011’s Annette Bening. With the receipt of this award, Leonardo distinguishes himself as one of our generation’s greatest actors.
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We hope to see you (and Leo!) there!
-Taylor Micaela Davis