SBIFF ‘09: Third Weekend Lineup

Festival Hosting Free Screenings of Most Talked About and Award-Winning Films

This year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is once again putting on the Third Weekend screenings, in which the fest’s award-winners and most talked about films get shown once again, entirely for free on a first-come, first-served basis. All are at the Riviera Theatre, except for Thursday night’s screening, which is at the Metro 4. Here is this coming weekend’s schedule:

Thursday, February 5

Amar a morir: Winner of Nuevo Vision Award for best Spanish-speaking feature, this is about a spoiled young man in Mexico City who finally must make his own decisions. 8 p.m. (Metro 4)

Friday, February 6

Skin: The winner of The Independent‘s coveted Audience Choice Award, the film tells the true tale of a black-skinned woman born to white parents in South Africa during apartheid. 7 p.m.

Road to Fallujah: Santa Barbaran Mark Manning’s documentary exploration of the war in Iraq. 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 7

K-20: Legend of the Mask: Action-packed adventure movie about a Japanese criminal living in 1949, after a different outcome to World War II. 11 a.m.

Yes Madam, Sir: Winner of Best Documentary and the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Social Justice Award, this is about India’s first and highest ranking female police officer, Kiran Bedi. 1 p.m.

Poppy Shakespeare: Named best independent film, this hospital-set tragicomedy mixes Catch 22 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 4 p.m.

The Man Who Loved Yngve: A music-laden drama about a 17-year-old boy who must choose between his girlfriend and the new boy in class. 7 p.m.

The Ghost (Domovoy): Crime novelist who’s lost his mojo finds new material working with a real assassin. 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 8

Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times: Riveting documentary on the Chandler family fostering the growth of both Los Angeles and the L.A. Times. 1 p.m.

Suspect X: Hit from the East X West Asian film sidebar, this is about a murder cover-up that pits an mathematician versus a physicist. 4 p.m.

Landscape No. 2: A run-of-the-mill thief gets greedy and in trouble for stealing the wrong document. 7 p.m.

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