2016 SDiFF Premieres and Award Nominated Films
We can’t recreate the glitz & glamour of the festival in your living room…but we can help you entertain yourself this summer! Each year we premiere many films and some go on to be nominated and win major awards. If you missed them at the festival and in theaters, add them to your watch list for the summer!
US Premiere: SDiFF, September 30, 2016
Academy Award Nominee (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor – Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actress – Nicole Kidman, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography)
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and return to his first home.
Hell or High Water
Academy Award Nominee (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor – Jeff Bridges, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing)
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.
Academy Award Nominee (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer, Best Adapted Screenplay)
Screen Actors Guild Award Winner for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
US Premiere: SDiFF, October 1, 2016
Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton, to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Academy Award Nominee (Best Actor – Viggo Mortensen)
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
West Coast Premiere: SDiFF, October 2, 2016
The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.
California Premiere: SDiFF, October 1, 2016
2016 San Diego International Film Festival winner: Breakthrough Documentary
In Utero is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world.
Available for Home License purchase on the film’s website, www.inuterofilm.com
San Diego Premiere: SDiFF, September 30, 2016
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
World Premiere: SDiFF, September 30, 2016
2016 San Diego International Film Festival winner: Best Comedy
When Pete’s doctors find a pituitary tumor that has delayed his onset of puberty for 15 years, he undergoes what would normally be years of puberty in a matter of weeks, leaving Pete to awkwardly navigate life as a horny teen kid.