November 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
“The Film Festival as teenager…”
By Tom Maguire
Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.
The 13th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival opens with what is being touted as a “career-defining performance” by Bill Murray as FDR in “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” a captivating, winningly acted comedy drama that pulls back the curtain on the complicated domestic arrangements at FDR’s New York country estate during a royal visit from King George VI.
This is just one of the crown jewels in what is expected to be the best Santa Fe Film Festival in its 13-year history. Some 35 features and more than a dozen shorts will be on tap during the festival’s four-day extravaganza from December 6 through the 9, including this year’s Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, Austria’s “Amour,” directed by Michael Haneke.
The festival will close with Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now,” winner of the Heineken Audience Award at Tribeca, inspired by a true story of an abandoned teenager with Down syndrome taken in by a gay couple who must fight a biased legal system that threatens their untraditional family, starring Alan Cumming.
In between those opening and closing films you will find these foreign Language Oscar® contenders screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival: “Violeta Went to Heaven” (Chile), “Lore” (Australia), “Amore” (Austria), “Barbara” (Germany) and Kenya’s first-ever entry, “Nairobi Half Life.”
Venues for the film screenings and the panel discussions that have gained importance for their support of New Mexico’s film industry include: The Screen, CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts), the New Mexico History Museum, Hotel Santa Fe and Canyon Road and downtown Santa Fe galleries (panel discussions).
Veteran film producer Diane Schneier Perrin (Kathryn Bigelow’s “Blue Steel,” Oliver Stone’s “Talk Radio,” Barbet Schroeder’s Academy Award-winning “Reversal of Fortune”) the festival’s executive director states, “Among the complement of acclaimed US and international titles and undiscovered gems, this year’s festival will also highlight Spotlight on New Mexico Filmmakers, a series representing Santa Fe’s renowned commitment to the arts with a series of films celebrating Art on Film and a special series of films recognized for pairing film artistry with a conscious effort to inspire social change.”
Brent Kliewer, director of Film Programming for The Screen located on the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design is also returning as the festival’s director of Film Programming. Kliewer comments, “I’m excited about this year’s program. We’re bringing an extremely diverse program to Santa Fe, including Chile’s 'Violeta Went to Heaven,' directed by Andres Wood; France’s 'Rust and Bone,' featuring a stunning performance by Marion Cotillard ; Walter Salles’s movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s generation-defining novel, 'On the Road;' and directorial debuts from Columbia’s William Vega, 'La Sirga' and Dustin Hoffman, 'Quartet.' "
For more information on the festival's programming and to buy tickets visit the website.