New Zealand director Taika Waititi‘s movie, which is scheduled for public release on Oct. 18, is about a lonely German boy who discovers during World War II that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.
Other major films to be screened during the six-day festival include Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci; Marriage Story, directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver; and director Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life.
Honorees include Armando Christian Perez, better known as the rapper Pitbull, with the festival’s Music Icon Award; actress Lindsay Wagner with the Humanitarian Award; actress Camila Morrone with the Rising Star Award; actor, playwright and director Laurence Fishburne with the annual Gregory Peck Award; actor Jared Harris with the Cinema Vanguard Award; and comedian, actress and screenwriter Jillian Bell with the Fairbanks Award.
“Our new honorees personify excellence in the industry. Pitbull, Lindsay and Camila join an already impressive lineup of award recipients and we couldn’t be more honored to have all of them joining us at the festival this year,” said Tonya Mantooth, CEO and artistic director of the festival.
The complete lineup for the festival’s 18th year includes 107 different films, including five narrative spotlight competition films, 20 narrative competition films, nine documentary competition films, and 66 Short films.
Film screenings following opening night will be at the Theater Box downtown and ArcLight Cinemas at Westfield UTC in La Jolla. Individual tickets starting at $16 and multi-day passes are available online.
The festival, presented by the nonprofit San Diego Film Foundation, is one of the San Diego region’s premier film events and a leading stop on the independent festival circuit.