Ray Liotta, Mary Louise Parker and Demián Birchir light up Sonoma International Film Festival 

Mary Louise Parker is being honored at the 16th annual Sonoma International Film Festival. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Mary Louise Parker is being honored at the 16th annual Sonoma International Film Festival.

Ray Liotta, Mary Louise Parker and Demián Bichir are the stars gracing the 16th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, opening Wednesday and running through April 14.

More than 100 films, including seven premieres, will screen at various locations in and near Sonoma’s center plaza, where local merchants are offering wine and gourmet fare.

Announcing the lineup, SIFF Executive Director Kevin W. McNeely said, “Our selection of films will challenge and inspire our audiences. Now add delicious food, wine and music and attendees will thoroughly enjoy our unique film festival.”

Festivities begin Wednesday with a screening of “The Iceman,” a thriller based on the life of Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski, screening at 6 and 9:30 p.m. at the Sebastiani Theatre, 475 First St. E.

Co-star Liotta and director Ariel Vroman are slated to appear at an opening reception before the film at MacArthur Place and an after-party at The General’s Daughter.

Golden Globe winner Parker and Oscar nominee Bichir ( “A Better Life,” “Che”) are honorees of a tribute event and dinner at 6 p.m. April 13 at Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 First St. W.   

Among the fest’s epicurean-related features are “Lo Zucco: The Wine of the Son of the King of the French,” a U.S. premiere about an exiled duke from France who settled in Sicily, where he employed ancient agricultural practices, and “A Year in Burgundy,” centered on activities in the winemaking region in 2011.

Robert Redford-narrated environmental films include “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” about threats facing the Colorado River,” and “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” a big-picture exploration of the environmental movement’s evolution of grass-roots and global activism.


Sonoma International Film Festival

  • When: Wednesday through April 14
  • Where: Sebastiani Theatre, Burlingame Hall, Woman’s Club, Vintage House, Murphy’s Pub, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art,  Veterans Memorial Hall, Sonoma
  • Tickets: $20 per film, $60 for one-day pass, $175 movie-only pass, $400-$900 for premium passes
  • Contact: www.sonomafilmfest.org

Select highlights

  • “Fierce Green Fire”: 6:45 p.m. April 11 at Vintage House, 9:15 p.m. April 12 at MacArthur Place  
  • “Lo Zucco”: 3:15 p.m. April 11 and noon April 14, Vintage House
  • “Watershed”: 6:15 p.m. April 12, Woman’s Club
  • “A Year in Burgundy”: 6 p.m. April 11, Sebastiani Theatre

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