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14th Sonoma Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight with Two Exclusive Sneak Peeks

The 14th Sonoma International Film Festival, an annual celebration of cinema, fine wines and gourmet foods set in the picturesque heart of the Northern California countryside, begins tonight with two sneak-peek attractions: the world premiere of You May Not Kiss the Bride, Rob Hedden’s screwball romantic comedy about a photographer unwittingly ushered into a breakneck adventure when he’s forced to marry a Croatian mobster’s daughter; and Journey from Zanskar, Frederick Marx’s documentary about the last remaining original Tibetan Buddhist society.

The festival, whose sponsors include the Lasseter Family Winery, Gundlach Bundschu and the MacMurray Ranch, will feature roughly 70 independent and international films, most making their North American premieres at Sonoma.

A kick-off party is scheduled tonight at the El Dorado Kitchen on 1st Street, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This year’s recipient of the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award is Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, who will be honored Saturday at the Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Hall, also on 1st Street, starting at 6:30 p.m. A gala will follow at the Sebastiani Winery.

For showtimes, tickets and more information, visit the festival’s official site.