Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Richard Linklater Take Part in "Before" Trilogy Screening and Talkback at SBIFF Feb. 9

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents the "Before" trilogy — "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" — and a conversation with co-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater Feb. 9 at the Lobero Theatre.

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Ethan Hawke (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

The talkback with Hawke, Delpy and Linklater follows the screening of the third film at the 29th annual festival, which continues through Feb. 9.

"This trilogy creates one of the most authentic portrayals of love on the screen," SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement, "and it's an undeniable gift to be able to experience all three movies in one day as well as to host its three talented creators."

The "Before" trilogy, according to the SBIFF, "has been a critical darling since 'Before Sunrise' was released in 1995. The film, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, portrayed a young couple meeting for the first time on a train who decide to spend the whole day together in Vienna with the chance of never seeing one another again. The sequel, 'Before Sunset,' was released nine years later in 2004, with Hawke's Jesse and Delpy's Celine meeting each other again by chance in Paris. The film, which was co-written by Hawke, Delpy and director Richard Linklater, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The beloved characters were most recently together in this year's 'Before Midnight,' where we find Jesse and Celine nine years later into their relationship and vacationing in Greece. The film, which was again co-written by Hawke, Delpy and Linklater, was released in May by Sony Pictures Classics, and remains one of the year's best reviewed films…"

As previously reported, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett Feb. 1. She was honored with a tribute celebrating her performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

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