Ten world premieres areamong the line-up of more than 100 pictures for the 18th Santa BarbaraInternational Film Festival (SBIFF), which also features three new competitivesections - American Independent, Documentary and International. Announcing theprogramme today (Jan 29), SBIFF's new executive director Jon Fitzgerald saidthe event would also screen 11 US premieres and eight foreign-language Oscarsubmissions and feature three new sidebars - Journey To Italy, Showcase PlanetEarth and Surf Sessions. Additional festival programmes including OpeningNight, Modern Master, Celebrity Tributes, Closing Night, panels and others willbe unveiled shortly. The SBIFF runs from Feb 28-Mar 9.

Featured in the line-up are:Divine Intervention, EliaSuleiman's story of lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah who stage secret trysts;The Magdalene Sisters, PeterMullan's award-wining account of a brutal Catholic asylum in 1960s Ireland; MyVoyage To Italy, Martin Scorsese'shomage to some of his favourite films; Irreversible, Gaspar Noe's controversial drama starring MonicaBellucci and Vincet Cassel; Stevie,Hoop Dreams film-maker SteveJames' account of the aftermath of family breakdown; Dirty Pretty Things, Stephen Frears' acclaimed London-set drama; and theworld premiere of The Day My God Died, Andrew Levine's account of the child sex trade in South Asia.

The line-up so far:


Angela (Roberta Torre) Italy

The Best Days Of My Life (Cristina Comencini) Italy

Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman) France/Morocco/Germany/Palestine

Every Stewardess Goes ToHeaven (Daniel Burman)Argentina/Spain

Gebirtig (Lukas Stepanik) Austria

Irreversible (Gaspar Noe) France

The Man Without A Past (Aki Kaurismaki) Finland/Germany/France

Marion Bridge (Weibke Von Carolsfield) Canada

Mondays In The Sun (Fernando Leon) Spain

Music For Weddings AndFunerals (Unni Straume) Norway

Samsara (Pan Nalin) India/Germany

The Sea (Baltasar Kormakur) Iceland/France/Norway

Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach) UK/Germany/Spain

Ten (Abbas Kiarostami) Iran

Perspectives (USindependents)

100 Mile Rule (Brent Huff)

Charlotte Sometimes (Eric Byler)

Dummy (Greg Pritikin)

Easter (Richard Caliban)

The Grey (Shane Taylor)

Leo (Mehdi Norowzian)

Life In Bed (Nick Lindsay)

New Suit (Francois Velle)

The Quality Of Light (Keith Gaby)

Robot Stories (Greg Pak)

Standard Time (Robert Cary)

European Cinema

Baby (Philip Stoelzl) Germany

Bellissima (Artur Urbanski) Poland

Dragonflies (Marius Holst) Norway

Jet Lag (Daniele Thompson) France
Julie And Herman (Kate Brown)Netherlands

The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan) UK/Ireland

Open Hearts (Susanne Bier) Denmark

Respiro (Emanuele Crialese) Italy/France

The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) Belgium

This Is Not A Love Song (Bille Eltringham) UK

Documentary competition

The Boys Of 2ndStreet Park (Ron Berger & Dan Klores) US

The Day My God Died (Andrew Levine) US

Disease Of The Wind (James Keach) US

Gigantic (A Tale Of TwoJohns) (AJ Schnack) US

Last Dance (Mirra Bank) US

Missing Peace (Victoria Bruce & Karin Hayes) US

OT: Our Town (Scott Hamilton Kennedy) US

Pote Mak Sonje: TheRaboteau Trial (Harriet Hirshorn& Christine Cynn) US

Robert Capa In Love AndWar (Anna Makepeace) US

Sadaa E Zan (Renee Bergan) US

Spellbound (Jeff Blitz) US

Stevie (Steve James) US

Streets Of Paradise (Linda Crawford & Michael Jackson) US

Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Lion(Tom Peosay) US

World Cinema

Autumn Spring (Vladimir Michalek) Czech Republic

Boomerang (Dargan Marinkovic) Yugoslavia

Copacabana (Carla Camurati) Brazil

Counting Sheep (Neal Miller) US

The Cuckoo (Aleksandr Rogozhkin) Russia

Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears) UK

Don't Tempt Me (Agustin Diaz) Spain/France/Italy/Mexico

Edi (Piotr Trzaskalski) Poland

The Eye (Oxide & Danny Pang) Hong Kong/Thailand/UK

Heart Of Me (Thaddeus O'Sullivan) UK

Nada Mas (Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti)Cuba/Spain/France/Italy

Small Voices (Gil M Portes) Philippines

Soldier's Girl (Frank Pierson) US

Spun (Jonas Akerlund) France/US

The Tracker (Rolf De Heer) Australia

Very Opposite Sexes (Eric Assous) France

Journey To Italy

The Life And Times OfCount Luchino Visconti (Adam Low)

Light Of My Eyes (Giuseppe Piccioni)

Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

My Voyage To Italy (Martin Scorsese)

Neapolitan Heart (Paulo Santoni)

A World Of Love (Aurelio Grimaldi)