We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak into the upcoming 2014 Sonoma International Film Festival at the Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco last week and to say we are excited about this year’s program is an understatement! With a mixture of independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films, the 17th year of the festival is set to be one of the best yet.
Celebrating the contributions, values and culture of the vibrant Latino community in Sonoma, the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) will continue their program of a “festival within a festival,” VAMOS AL CINE – A special “cocktail of Latino cinema” with flavors from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain and the U.S. As an added bonus this year, there will be a series of films from around the world that feature food and highlight the culinary aspect of the festival.
The feature film, Belle, was unveiled at the preview last week and the trailer confirmed that it would one of the main highlights of the festival. According to IMDb, Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. The movie will play at the Sebastiani Theatre on Sunday April 6.