OSCAR BUZZ AT THE 14th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Award Winning International Films to be showcased at the Lamorinda Theatres
The 14th Annual California Independent Film Festival (“CAIFF”) is set the week of February 10th – 16th at the Rheem and Orinda Theatres. The festival will open with the award winning film “Monsieur Lazhar”, which won Best Canadian Film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and is Canada’s Official 2012 Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film. After “Monsieur Lazhar” screens at this month’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival, it will be screening at CAIFF.
Other Oscar entries screening at CAIFF are “Tilt,” Bulgaria’s official 2012 entry. “Tilt” was an award winner at Seattle International Film Festival. Also screening will be “Hermano”, Venezuela’s 2010 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. “Hermano” won Best Picture at the Moscow International Film Festival.
In total, CAIFF will be screening eleven (11) feature films, seven (7) documentaries, twenty-three (23) short films as well as hosting educational seminars.
The Oscar Buzz doesn’t stop with the films at CAIFF. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to veteran actor Burt Young. Mr. Young received his Oscar Nomination for his portrayal of Pauly, in the multi Oscar winning film “Rocky.” “Rocky” will be shown at the Rheem Theatre on Saturday, February 11th at 8PM, followed by a Q & A with Mr. Young. Mr. Young’s other film credits include “Pope of Greenwich Village”, “Once Upon A Time In America”, “Back to School”, “TransAmerica” and “Win Win” just to name a few.
The Closing Night Film on February 16th will be the silver screen classic “Meet Me In St. Louis” with Oscar Recipient Margaret O’Brien. The Closing Night event will include a tribute to Ms. O’Brien where she will receive the 2012 CAIFF Diamond Award.
Detailed film descriptions can be found at the California Independent Film Festival website at www.caiff.org.