Tom Cruise, Sacha Baron Cohen Confirmed

Roger Durling Announces the Two Stars on His Film Fest Blog

Official news came through yesterday what we’d been hearing here at The Indy‘s Film Fest 2007 blog since late last week: Tom Cruise will be in town to present Will Smith his Modern Master Award on Saturday, January 27, at the Arlington Theatre and Sacha Baron Cohen will be here for a Q&A following a special screening of his hit film Borat on Friday, January 26, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobero Theatre.

The news was announced on Film Geek Confidential, Roger Durling’s blog that is posted via the film fest’s website.

In related news, Durling spoke to the Santa Barbara Young Professionals Club today, Wednesday, January 17, and unveiled his top 10 choices of films to see during the fest for those who cab ibly handle a handful. Here they are:

Days of Glory, from Algeria, about World War IIdays%20of%20glory.jpg

Golden Door, from Italy, a Godfather-like saga about immigration

Avenue Montaigne, from France, an about a woman waiting tables in a trendy French neighborhood

The Lives of Others, from Germany, about Eastern German surveillance live%20of%20others.jpg

Ahlaam, from Iraq, about mental ward patients and the start of the current Iraq war

Dark Blue Almost Black, from Spain, sexy like a Pedro Almodovar film in which an ex-con asks his younger brother to get his girlfriend pregnant

Chronicle of Escape, from Argentina, about the escape of political prisoners in the 1970s

The Italian, from Russia, about an orphan seeking her motheritalian.jpg

Amazing Grace, from America, which is the Centerpiece to the whole fest and tells the story of an abolitionist in 18th century England

Beauty in Trouble, a story about family perserverance from the Czech Republic, one of the best of the seven Eastern European films in the fest

So there’s a crib sheet for those wanting the most bang for their buck. And given that I got to see the Iraqi film last night, I’d have to confirm that it’s quite a powerful movie, especially since it was filmed amidst the chaos that is modern Baghdad. The filmmaker was acutally abducted at one point, but managed to get free.

That’s all for now, folks!

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