The Bel-Air Film Festival shines a bright light on film reels from around the world, offering a diverse schedule of independent shorts, documentaries, and feature-length films. The fest kicks off with My Father's Will, a U.S. feature that centers around a wealthy businessman who, in accordance with his father's last wishes, must distance himself from his affluent identity and hefty bank account for one month of self-discovery, reflection, and, most likely, frozen TV dinners. Starting Thursday, things heat up with four to five showings a day, including The Italian Key from Finland and Trophy Kids from American director Josh Sugarman. Friday and Saturday's festivities conclude with complimentary wine-tasting events before after parties and competitive Kurosawa name-droppings take center stage. Monday wraps up the whole festival with a screening of Face to Face, a film many consider to be the Australian version of 12 Angry Men.
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Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
The lives of six strangers — a lawyer too busy to spend time with his family, a young journalist looking for a career-starting story, a widowed former cop and his mischievous son, a couple with secrets to hide — collide in this dramatic thriller from Academy Award nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin. For the official synopsis of the film, click here.
The cast features Golden-Globe winner Jason Bateman (Identity Thief, Up in the Air), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Melancholia), and Paula Patton (Precious, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised the cast's performances, highlighting Bateman's role as "just tremendous" and Skarsgard's work as simply "outstanding." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars and raved: "Disconnect struck a chord with me in a way few films have in recent years." Newsweek hailed the thriller as "The Best Film of The Year."