SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The virtual red carpet will be rolled out as this year’s San Diego International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.
With 160 films, a virtual village, famous screenings, outdoor cocktails and a military fundraiser on the flight deck of the USS Midway, the festival proves that the pandemic can force a new footprint, but there is always has a way to create a lasting festival around cinema.
Tonya Mantooth, CEO and Artistic Director of SDIFF, and her team wanted to bring “the people and the place” together with film screenings at Balboa Park, Mission Bay and an aircraft carrier on the Embarcadero.
The October 14 opening night will be Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix in “C’mon C’mon”, the story of a radio journalist who travels the country with his nephew and begins to see the world. through the eyes of a child. A theme of relational re-engagement, according to Mantooth, is particularly relevant right now.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut with “Lost Daughter,” starring Olivia Colman, and Jane Campion, who brought us “Piano” 17 years ago, directs “The Power of Dog”. It is said that the two women could see nominations for best director.
“I think all of the in-person screenings are movies that we’ll see on the awards track,” Mantooth said.
“Do not hesitate” is one of the three films of the festival highlighting the sacrifice and the service of the army of our country. The best war documentary in history, “The Hornet’s Nest”, will air on the USS Midway, with the proceeds going to RTAG, an organization that helps veterans find employment.
Filmmaker David Salzburg created the real story from footage shot by embedded war journalists during the escalating war in Afghanistan. Salzburg hopes this will also make viewers ask how can I help.
The power of film, expanding, illuminating, transforming or simply offering an escape, if only for a moment.
The SDIFF takes place October 14-24. Tickets and a calendar of events can be viewed online here.