Red Carpet Photos: “Desert Dancer” Premiere at SBIFF Opening Night

Posted on Jan 28 by Leslie Dinaberg

The opening night of the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival featured the world premiere of Desert Dancer. The film is a beautiful, haunting and relevant journey into the recent history of Iran. The story, based on a true story, is compelling and the acting is excellent.  So is the dancing, particularly Freida Pinto's choreography. The film is well worth watching if you get the chance. Meanwhile. here are some fabulous photos from Amy Barnard.

—Leslie Dinaberg

Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Director Richard Raymond is interviewed (left) at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Director Richard Raymond is interviewed (left) at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Star Reece Ritchie is interviewed at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Star Reece Ritchie is interviewed at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer producer Izabella Miko at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer producer Izabella Miko at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

(L-R) SBIFF Board Member Jeffrey Barbakow, festival judge Chaz Ebert and Margo Barbakow at opening night of the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

(L-R) SBIFF Board Member Jeffrey Barbakow, festival judge Chaz Ebert and Margo Barbakow at opening night of the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Stars Tom Cullen (left) and Reece Ritchie at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Stars Tom Cullen (left) and Reece Ritchie at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

 The cast and crew of Desert Dancer at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

The cast and crew of Desert Dancer at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Star Freida Pinto at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

Desert Dancer Star Freida Pinto at Opening night of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling at Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Photo by Amy Barnard.

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