World Premiere of “Darling Companion” to Open SBIFF

Posted on Dec 21 by SEASONS Magazine

Diane Keaton in "Darling Companion"

Diane Keaton in “Darling Companion”

Director Lawrence Kasdan’s (Body Heat, The Big Chill) new film Darling Companion, starring starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer, will kick off the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 26.

“We are incredibly privileged to have the world premiere of a Lawrence Kasdan film. The highly anticipated Darling Companion is a fantastic film to kick off the festival,” says SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

In Darling Companion, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver.  Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, she forms a special bond with the rescued animal.  When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search.  Members of the search party are affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.

In addition to Darling Companion, SBIFF will also feature a Kasdan Retrospective, screening Body Heat (1981), The Big Chill (1983) and Grand Canyon (1991), and will have a Q&A with the filmmaker himself.

Festivities will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Thursday, January 26. Tickets for the Opening Night Film are available now and can be purchased through or by calling 805/963-0023.  Festival Mini-Paks, Passes and Packages are currently discounted at 15% and on sale exclusively online and 805-963-0023.

This year the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is presented by

Want to know more about the history of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival? Read D.J. Palladino’s insightful piece from SEASONS’ archives. SBIFF_Winter+09-10


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