ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After dwindling to a slate of eight mostly art-house films in 2010, the Santa Fe Film Festival is back with a lineup of 23 feature films, two of them starring Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, and five series of shorts.
Billing itself as a four-day celebration of “the best in independent world cinema,” the festival runs Oct. 20-23 in a staggered schedule at The Screen and the Center for Contemporary Arts, with the closing film at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
“We consider ourselves an indie boutique festival,” executive director Diane Schneier Perrin said. “We made the decision that we could re-emerge stronger this year.”
Although there are no signs of the crowd-pleasing, popcorn features of the past, two British films come with glittery pedigrees. Directed by Terence Davies, “The Deep Blue Sea” stars Rachel Weisz as a woman whose obsessive love alienates the men around her and destroys her well-being. The film is based on Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play. “Coriolanus” marks Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut with a cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain. Fiennes updates Shakespeare’s play about a war hero exiled by his own people, compelling him to ally himself with his sworn enemy in order to exact revenge.