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Maestro

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

CINEMA SOCIETY MEMBERS ONLY. NO GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS AVAILABLE. Maestro Followed by a Q&A Courtesy of Netflix Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between cultural icon Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro, at its core, is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love. Directed by Bradley Cooper Written by Bradley Cooper, Josh Singer Starring Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper 2h 9m https://youtu.be/gJP2QblqLA0?feature=shared

The Delinquents

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The Delinquents Courtesy of MUBI Argentina's official Oscar submission Bank employee Morán (Eliás) schemes to steal enough money to liberate himself from corporate monotony, then confesses and serves prison time while his co-worker hides the cash. Soon under pressure by a company investigator, accomplice Román (Bigliardi) later encounters a mysterious woman who will transform him forever. Directed by Rodrigo Moreno Written by Rodrigo Moreno Starring Daniel Eliás, Esteban Bigliardi, Margarita Molfino 3h 9m https://youtu.be/KacoBtvgcT0?feature=shared

May December

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

May December Followed by a Q&A with Director Todd Haynes and Actors Julianne Moore and Charles Melton Courtesy of Netflix Decades after their scandalous relationship made headlines, a couple starts to unravel when a famous actor arrives to research them for her new film. Directed by Todd Haynes Written by Samy Burch Starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton 1h 53m https://youtu.be/4VdAParM4h8?feature=shared

The Color Purple

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The Color Purple Followed by a Q&A with Director Blitz Bazawule and Editor Jon Poll Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, THE COLOR PURPLE is a bold new take on the classic story of love and resilience, adapted from the beloved novel and the Broadway musical. Torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately learns to find extraordinary strength in the […]

Napoleon

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Napoleon Followed by a Q&A with Actress Vanessa Kirby Courtesy of Sony Pictures Napoleon is a spectacle-filled action epic that details the checkered rise and fall of the iconic French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, played by Oscar®-winner Joaquin Phoenix. Against a stunning backdrop of large-scale filmmaking orchestrated by legendary director Ridley Scott, the film captures Bonaparte's relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine, showcasing his visionary military and political tactics […]

Shrinking

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Shrinking (Episode 1 and 2) Followed by a Q&A with Creator/Writer/Actor Jason Segel Courtesy of Apple TV+ “Shrinking” follows a grieving therapist (Jason Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own. Created by Bill Lawrence, Brett Goldstein, Jason Segel Starring Jason Segel, Harrison Ford, Christa Miller, Jessica Williams, Michael Urie, Luke Tennie, Lukita Maxwell […]

Oppenheimer

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Oppenheimer Followed by a Q&A with Emily Blunt Courtesy of Universal Pictures During World War II, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. appoints physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world's first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history. Directed by Christopher Nolan Written by Christopher Nolan Starring Cillian […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Jeff Rowe Courtesy of Paramount Pictures In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, after years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of […]

The Iron Claw

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The Iron Claw Followed by a Q&A Writer/Director Sean Durkin Courtesy of A24 The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports. Directed by Sean Durkin Written by Sean Durkin Starring Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Stanley […]

Freud’s Last Session

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Freud's Last Session Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Matthew Brown Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics On the eve of the Second World War, two of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, C.S. LEWIS and SIGMUND FREUD converge for their own personal battle over the existence of God. FREUD’S LAST SESSION interweaves the lives of Freud and Lewis, past, present, and through fantasy, bursting from the confines of Freud’s study on a dynamic journey. Directed by Matthew Brown Written […]

Priscilla

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Priscilla Followed by a Q&A with Producer Youree Henley Courtesy of A24 When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a gentle best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla's long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world […]

American Fiction

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

American Fiction Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Cord Jefferson and Actor Jeffrey Wright Courtesy of Amazon MGM Studios AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his […]

The Taste of Things

Riviera Theatre Lobby 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, United States

The Taste of Things Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Tran Anh Hung Courtesy of IFC Films France's Oscar Submission Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of Dodin Bouffant as a chef living with his personal cook and lover Eugénie. They share a long history of gastronomy and love but Eugénie refuses to marry Dodin, so the food lover decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her. Written and Directed by Tran […]

Shayda

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Shayda followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Noora Niasari Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Australian's Oscar Submission SHAYDA, a brave Iranian mother, finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her six-year-old daughter. Over Persian New Year, they take solace in Nowruz rituals and new beginnings, but when her estranged husband re-enters their lives, Shayda’s path to freedom is jeopardized. Directed by Noora Niasari Written by Noora Niasari Starring Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Osamah Sami, Mojean Aria, Jillian Nguyen, Rina Mousavi, […]

Spaceman

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

SPACEMAN Followed by a Q&A with Director Johan Renck Courtesy of Netflix Six months into a solitary research mission to the edge of the solar system, an astronaut, Jakub (Adam Sandler), realizes that the marriage he left behind might not be waiting for him when he returns to Earth. Desperate to fix things with his wife, Lenka (Carey Mulligan), he is helped by a mysterious creature from the beginning of time he finds hiding in the bowels of his ship. […]

Franklin

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Franklin (Episode 1) followed by a Q&A with Executive Director and Actor Michael Douglas Courtesy of Apple TV+ In December 1776, Benjamin Franklin is world famous for his electrical experiments. But his passion and power are put to the test when he embarks on a secret mission to France — with the fate of American independence hanging in the balance. Directed by Tim Van Patten Written by Kirk Ellis, Howard Korder Starring Michael Douglas, Noah Jupe, Danny Mays, Ludivine Sagnier, […]

Grandes Horizontales

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Grandes Horizontales Followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Leslie Zemeckis Grandes Horizontales is a documentary about the lives, loves and enduring influence in art, literature and fashion of the Grandes Horizontales - the A-list of courtesans, the pop stars of their day. Directed by Leslie Zemeckis Written by Leslie Zemeckis 46m

Slow Horses

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Slow Horses (Season 3 Episode 1 & 2) followed by a Q&A “Slow Horses” is darkly funny espionage drama that follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 due to their career-ending mistakes. In season three, a romantic liaison in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. When Jackson Lamb (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) and his team of misfits are dragged into the fight, they find themselves caught […]

The Idea of You

SBIFF's Riviera Theatre 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The Idea of You followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Michael Showalter Based on the acclaimed, contemporary love story of the same name, The Idea of You centers on Solène (Anne Hathaway), a 40-year-old single mom who begins an unexpected romance with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet. Directed by Michael Showalter Written by Michael Showalter, Jennifer Westfeldt Starring Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine 1h 55m https://youtu.be/V8i6PB0gGOA?feature=shared