Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling reunite for the third time onscreen in the romantic musical La La Land, which hits theaters December 9. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), the film tells of a musician (Gosling) and aspiring actress (Stone) who meet and fall in love in the City of Angels. The film made the festival circuit this past year, winning awards and critical acclaim.

For their stellar performances in La La Land, Stone and Gosling will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Outstanding Performers Award on Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Arlington Theatre. “Ryan and Emma’s luminous performances in La La Land remind us of the transformative and magical role of cinema,” festival director Roger Durling said of the honorees. This will be Gosling’s second SBIFF appearance — he received the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008 for his role in Lars and the Real Girl — and Stone’s first.

The 32nd annual SBIFF runs Wednesday, February 1-Saturday, February 11. See sbiff.org.


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