Europacorp’s “Their Finest” sets March 24th, 2017 Release Date

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EuropaCorp’s “Their Finest” sets March 24th, 2017 Release Date 

& US Premiere as Closing Night of the 32nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival  

One of our favorites from the Toronto International Film Festival has set a release date and a US premiere date. Their Finest premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we were lucky enough to see it. It is truly a gem of a film and we loved it!

Check out our review here for the film and make sure to see it on March 24th! 

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) and EuropaCorp announced today that the 32nd edition of the festival will close with the Lone Scherfig (An Education, The Riot Club) directed comedic drama Their Finest at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in anticipation of the film’s March 24th theatrical release.

Their Finest is written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel by Lissa Evans and stars Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), Sam Claflin (Me Before You), Bill Nighy (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Franchise), Jack Huston (American Hustle), and Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker’s Dracula).

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling stated, “Lone’s deeply touching film is authentic, funny and depicts the power that cinema has to bring people together and share their stories.  It was the perfect choice to close this year’s festival.”

The year is 1940, Britain. With the nation devastated by the war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by charming lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Battle of Dunkirk starring pretentious fading movie star Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

 The film is produced by Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer and Elizabeth Karlsen. Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Robert Norris, Ivan Dunleavy, Peter Watson, Zygi Kamasa and Thorsten Schumacher serve as executive producers. The film is produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from February 1 to February 11, 2017.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, festival passes and packages, please visit 

About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 30 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film. 

SBIFF continues its commitment to education and the community through free programs like its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. This past June, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre.  The theatre is SBIFF’s new home and is the catalyst for program expansion and marks the first time that Santa Barbara has had a 24/7 community center to expand their mission of educational outreach.

 About EuropaCorp

EuropaCorp is a global film and television studio founded by visionary director, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson (The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, andThe Lady).  EuropaCorp has produced the phenomenally successful Taken and The Transporter franchises and the global blockbuster Lucy, among other successful films worldwide. Luc Besson is currently in post-production on the sci-fi epic Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. Miss Sloane, directed by Oscar®-nominee John Madden, starring Jessica Chastain, will be released on December 9.

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