Prior to screening the film, Roger Durling delivered opening comments to close the festival. He urged that we continue to “make movies that inspire and show the way,” especially during hard times. Their Finest does just this as the characters wrote and shot scenes through WWII bombings that had buildings crumbling around them. Durling also reinforced that we are a film community focused on “internationalism, not isolationism,” a nod to the multitude of skilled foreign filmmakers who participated in SBIFF this year.
Closing night had actors Bill Nighy and Sam Clafin on the red carpet. They expressed their honor in being a part of the final film, and they also reiterated just how idyllic Santa Barbara is, paralleling the city to paradise. After eleven days of glitter and glam and talent swarming the streets of Santa Barbara, we are all sad to see the festival come to an end.