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The world premiere of Robert Towne's "Ask the Dust" will open the 21st Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "Thank You for Smoking", the directorial debut of local Jason Reitman, will close out the festival, which runs Feb. 2-12. "Dust", starring Salma Hayek and Colin Ferrell, is an adaptation of John Fante's Depression-era novel. "Smoking" is a satire on the smoking industry starring Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Katie Holmes, Adam Brody and Robert Duvall. The SBIFF will offer 20 world premieres and 11 U.S. premieres, as well as its "Conversations With ..". series, which offers a dialogue with filmmakers and actors. Towne, Bello and Felicity Huffman are slated to participate, with more to be announced.


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