<h3>Directors on Directing</h3> “Directors on Directing” is a part of SBIFF’s highly praised Panel Series, where notable industry professionals come together for lively, informative and revealing discussions. Come join some of the world’s most renowned directors as they discuss their films, their craft, and their challenges. Moderated by Dave Karger
<h3>Movers & Shakers</h3> “Movers and Shakers” returns to the SBIFF Panel Series to bring together some of today’s most established producers to share their insights in sparkling conversation. The Producer’s Panel allows some of the industry’s leading professionals to discuss their current projects and what they hope to see for the future of filmmaking. This panel can provide insight into the business as well creative sides of producers. Moderated by Patrick Goldstein
<h3>The Future of Film Journalism</h3> SBIFF is introducing an original new panel to the already immensely popular series. The panel will be comprised of top journalists who bring us the latest on the awards scene; predictions, announcements and all around in-depth coverage in the most accessible format possible: the blog. The ever-expanding reach of new media and its influence on the film industry makes this discussion both interesting to audiences and essential for aspiring and established filmmakers. Moderated by Peter Rainer
<h3>Creative Forces: Women in the Biz</h3> The “Creative Forces: Women in the Business” panel debuted in 2005 and celebrates influential women in film. Women from all stages of film production including editing, directing, costuming, casting, production design, and producing come together to discuss the unique challenges and successes they have faced in the film industry. Moderated by Madelyn Hammond
<h3>It Starts With the Script</h3> Sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute “It Starts With the Script” brings together some of today’s most talented and innovative writing professionals as they discuss the process for giving life to film. In this panel, top writers converse about what it takes to write a script and their journey to the big screen. Hear some of the most gifted writers in Hollywood talk about the challenges in their craft. Moderated by Anne Thompson
<center></center> Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner | FRANCE | 2010 | 111min | Subtitled US PREMIERE It is July, 1942 in Paris, and ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski (Mélusine Mayance) knows something is wrong. The French gendarmes, supposedly under order from the Vichy government and Nazi occupiers, are going doorto-door arresting Jewish families and imprisoning them in the Vélodrome d’Hiver. In a final attempt to save her family, she locks her four-year-old brother, Michel in a bedroom cupboard – before she and her parents are dragged from their home forever. Sixty years later, journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) is assigned to write a cover story on the Vel’d’Hiv roundup of 1942. American by birth, Julia has been living in Paris for more than twenty years and is married to Bertrand Tézac (Frédéric Pierrot), an unfaithful man from an old French bloodline. What begins as research for her article becomes more personal when Julia discovers that she and Sarah have something in common. Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestselling novel, SARAH’S KEY is a harrowing and emotionally complex film starring Scott Thomas who is pitch-perfect as Julia, a woman who comes to terms with the terrible secrets that have lain hidden for so many years.
Carmen in 3D
<center></center> Directed by Julian Napier | UK | 170min | Subtitled WORLD PREMIERE The world’s most popular opera, Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is coming to movie theatres for the first time ever in spectacular and fully immersive 3D. A coproduction of 3D movie pioneer RealD and London’s famed Royal Opera House, “Carmen in 3D” gives viewers the best seat in the house, taking them on a magic carpet ride onto the stage, behind the scenes and into the heart of the emotional production -- immersing them as never before into this timeless story of love, jealousy and betrayal. “Carmen in 3D” is a dazzling film, filled with some of the best-loved music ever written, performed by some of the world’s greatest singers. It is an unrivaled entertainment event for life-long opera fans and 3D film buffs alike offering the unprecedented feeling of stepping inside the performance where the distinct visuals and beloved music fully envelop the senses. CARMEN IN 3D will be available exclusively in RealD 3D-equippedtheatres worldwide beginning in March 2011.
That's What I Am
<center></center> Directed by Mike Pavone | USA | 2010 | 101min WORLD PREMIERE Set in 1965…Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), 12, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict in fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his peers. Unfortunately for Andy, that’s all about to change. Andy is put to the test when his English teacher, Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), pairs him up with the school’s biggest outcast/social pariah, Stanley. However, what Andy will soon learn, is that there truly was a method behind Mr. Simon’s madness as to why he teamed these two up…Not only does Andy discover that being different is acceptable in the end, but most importantly, he starts to understand the value of tolerance and culpability. That’s What I Am is a movie that encapsulates those two themes and shows how over the course of one school term, a young man’s life can change forever.
1778 Stories of Me and My Wife
<center></center> Directed by Mamoru Hoshi | JAPAN | 2011 | 140min | Subtitled Science fiction writer Saku (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) and bank teller Setsuko (Yuko Takeuchi) are high school sweethearts who have spent sixteen inseparable years together. When Setsuko is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the doctor advises, “Enjoy your time together. Laughter has been known to do wonders in strengthening the body’s immunities.” Saku sets out to keep Setsuko laughing and is determined to write a short story for her every day. Saku is never sure whether his writing is helping his wife, but by faithfully persisting, an act that seems absurd becomes something sacred. Kusanagi pulls off a masterfully understated and mature performance while the beautiful Takeuchi completely inhabits the gentle soul of her character. Based on a heart-rending true story of a famous science fiction writer, Taku Mayumura, and his devotion to his wife, 1778 STORIES OF ME AND MY WIFE is a tender, life-affirming love story.