The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) The Wave Film Festival ~ France opened last night at SBIFF’s new home, the Santa Barbara Riviera Theater. French movie lover’s gathered outside while enjoying the expansive, sweeping views from the theater’s front. Once inside, the viewers were treated to a brief introduction from The Wave festival director, Mickey Duzdevich and a cleverly put together, coming of age film, Microbe & Gasoline, written and directed by Michel Gondry. Ange Dargent portrays Daniel (Microbe) with Theophile Baquet as Theo (Gasoline) while Audrey Tautou (Amelie) plays Marie Therese.
The film’s billing reads:
“Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. This charming adventure from Michel Gondry (MOOD INDIGO, BE KIND REWIND) has been called his “most satisfying movie since ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND,” reminding us how friendships can help us reach our true potential. Also starring Audrey Tautou (AMELIE, DA VINCI CODE).”
Microbe & Gasoline is every bit of this and more. It delves into the teenage angst in a new and unique manner combining costumes, music and the lush French countryside. Microbe & Gasoline is scheduled to screen again on Friday, July 17th, 7:30PM at the Riviera Theater, 2044 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, Calif.
The Wave ~ France continues today with Summertime showing at 5:00PM followed by Neither Heaven Nor Earth at 7:30PM. Individual tickets are $10 with festival passes as a Patron for $250 and Cinephile at $80. For more information click here: Passes.
See you at the movies!