San Diego Film Festival Lineup Revealed

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in Seven Psychopaths

Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in 'Seven Psychopaths' - Photo Courtesy: CBS Films

Seven Psychopaths, The Sapphires, The Oranges, and Frankie Go Boom are among the 1,300 films submitted that made the cut for this year’s revamped/reinvigorated San Diego Film Festival. The 11th annual event will take place September 26-30, 2012 in San Diego’s Gaslamp District as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla.

In addition to the 11 World Premieres, 16 West Coast Premieres, and 4 US Premiere screenings, the SDFF will include a Horror Fest, an Almost Famous Block Party and outdoor screening, and a tribute to Gus Van Sant.

For more details on the festival, visit www.SanDiegoFilmFest.com.

Highlights of the Headline Films:

The Sapphires – Opening Night Premiere, The Gaslamp
Director: Wayne Blair
Cast: Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell
Synopsis: It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when theirall-girl group, The Sapphires, entertain the US troops in Vietnam.
7:00pm Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Reading Theater

The Oranges – Spotlight at La Jolla
Director: Julian Farino
Cast: Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney, Oliver Platt, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat
Synopsis: The Oranges is a comedy about two families, who have been lifelong friends, and the hilaritythat ensues when a rebellious daughter returns home for the holidays and causes a scandal that forces everyone to re-examine what happiness really means tothem.
6:30pm Saturday September 29 at Reading Theater

Quartet – Closing Night, La Jolla
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Cast: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly
Synopsis: Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert tocelebrate Verdi’s birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on… and it does.
7:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 29th at Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

Seven Psychopaths – Horror Fest at Gaslamp
Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell
Synopsis: Written and Directed by Oscar®-winner Martin McDonagh, the comedy Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. Co-starring Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek.
9:00 pm Saturday, Sept. 29th at Reading Theater

Grassroots – Closing Night, Gaslamp
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Cast: Cobie Smulders, Lauren Ambrose, Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Christopher McDonald, Tom Arnold
Synopsis: After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.
7:00pm Sunday, Sept. 30th at Reading Theater

Highlights of the Premiere Films:

Red Line – World Premiere
Director: Robert Kirbyson
Cast: Nicole Gale Anderson, John Billingsle, Kunal Sharma
Synopsis: Moments after departing from the Hollywood & Highland Metro Station, commuters on L.A.’s subway system experience a sudden explosion. Most passengers die on impact as the train is violently derailed and sent smashing into the tunnel’s walls.
6:00 PM, Saturday, Sept. 29th at Gaslamp
5:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 30h at Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla

The Story of Luke – World Premiere
Director: Alonso Mayo
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Kristin Bauer, Cary Elwes
Synopsis: Luke’s world is turned upside down when his grandmother dies and he is forced to live with his dysfunctional relatives who have no patience for him or his senile grandfather, who they quickly force into a nursing home. Luke is left with his grandfather’s final semi-coherent words: “Get a job. Find a girl. Live your own life. Be a man!” For the first time in his life, Luke has a mission. He is about to embark on a quest.
7:00 PM, Saturday, September 29th at Gaslamp

Man Inside – US Premiere
Director: Dan Turner
Cast: Ashley Thomas, Peter Mullan, Michelle Ryan
Synopsis: Clayton Murdoch carries a terrible darkness inside him. As a boy he was exposed, by his father, to murder and gang culture. With his father now in prison, Clayton struggles to overcome what he was groomed to become, in a city where every day there is a constant threat of violence and death.
8:30 PM, Thursday, Sept 27th at Gaslamp

3,2,1…Frankie Go Boom – West Coast Premiere
Director: Jordan Roberts
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth, Whitney Cummings, Nora Dunn, Sam Anderson
Synopsis: A comedy about two brothers a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig.
7:00 PM, Friday Sept 28th at Gaslamp and Sat, September 29th at 8:00 PM Coast Room La Jolla

Source: San Diego Film Foundation

Rebecca Murray

Editor in Chief at ShowbizJunkies
Journalist covering the entertainment industry for more than 13 years. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and San Diego Film Critics Society.

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