Festival Guide: Day 9

On this last big day, there are once again some tough choices to make. There are some enticing movie choices to catch though the day—Results, starring Colbie Smulders, at 10:15 at Regal, Tyke Elephant Outlaw at 12:15 at the Opera House, Select(Ed) at 1:30 at Regal and Radiator at 2:45 at the Opera House all stand out to us. But today we will walk you through the special opportunities to mingle with some of Hollywood’s most important talents and professionals.

12:00 — Tea By The Sea  An incredible venue for an “In Conversation…” installment, this lunch with legendary actress Blythe Danner will be hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club overlooking the beachfront at Lido Key. enjoy a two-course meal and Meet (one of) The Parents—see what we did there?

2:45 — In Conversation with Tom Browne  While we have to admit the star-stalker in us is excited to see special guest and Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz, this writer-director is the mind behind Radiator, one of the buzziest films at the festival this year and is picking up the Emerging World Cinema Auteur Award in Sarasota, so expect a meaty and fascinating talk. The event is at Florida Studio Theater.

4:00 — In Conversation with Lynda Obst  Don’t recognize Obst by name? No matter. You have almost certainly seen work. A producer who helped bring to screen Intersteller, The Fisher King and Flashdance, among many others, Obst is one of the most accomplished filmmakers in town this weekend with plenty to say for the cinephile or budding film professional. Hear her at Florida Studio Theater.

6:00 — Closing Night  The festival culminates tonight in an awards ceremony that starts at 6pm, then a screening of I’ll See You In My Dreams, starring Danner, at 7pm, all at the Sarasota Opera House. This truly is the moment many filmmakers have been waiting for all week, and will be a time when all the stars in town gather with all the rising cinematic minds in one place.

11:37 — 1137 Unwrap Party  This anything-but-stodgy affair gives the chance to unwind. Yes, we know there is technically one more day of films and festival programming, but this evening event has historically served as the last great hurrah for a weeklong series of creative indulgence. Head to the Starlite Room on Cocoanut.

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