San Diego Film Festival Adds Environmental Focus

Variety | 10/15/2019 | Iain Blair
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Now in its 18th year, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival, produced by the nonprofit San Diego Film Foundation, once again steals the movie glamour spotlight from its neighbor to the north, combining major regional premieres with a focus on social and environmental issues.

Running Oct. 15-20, the festival received more than 3,000 submissions from 68 countries, including feature films, shorts and documentaries. The result is a lineup that includes 107 films, with five in the narrative spotlight competition, 20 in the narrative contest, nine in the doc competition and 66 short films, says Tonya Mantooth, CEO and artistic director.

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Opening night at the historic Balboa Theatre will see the premiere of “Jojo Rabbit,” a World War II black comedy written and directed by Taika Waititi. Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” starring Robert De Niro, opens the screenings at the ArcLight Cinema La Jolla on Oct. 17. “A Hidden Life,” a drama set during WWII, written and directed by Terrence Malick, and “Marriage Story,” a divorce dramedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, are the closing-night films.

Screenings also will be held at the Theatre Box in downtown San Diego.

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The Gala Features screenings include additional high-profile titles “Motherless Brooklyn,” a 1950s detective thriller directed by Edward Norton; “Clemency,” a prison drama from by Chinonye Chukwu; and “The Kill Team,” an Afghanistan war drama helmed by Dan Krauss.

“All of those are receiving their Southern California premieres,” says Mantooth. “We’re also premiering our Spotlight films — ‘Parasite,’ directed by Bong Joon-ho, ‘The Truth,’ directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, ‘Ordinary Love,’ directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, ‘A Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ directed by Céline Sciamma and ‘Sea of Shadows,’ directed by Richard Ladkani, Sean Bogle and Matthew Podolsky.”

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As in years past, the festival is focusing on several...
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