**The 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF27)** kicks into high gear this Saturday at Muvico Pompano with highly acclaimed independent motion pictures.
For young people and families, this Saturday Matinee features **Sammy 2 Escape from Paradise.** A hit at the recent Cannes Film Festival, **Sammy 2** is a sequel to animated Belgium film **A Turtle's Tale.** While protecting a bed of hatch lings from the ocean floor, Sammy and his sidekick Ray are captured and sentenced to an aquarium at a swanky restaurant. According to **FLiFF 27** Director Gregory Von Hausch, the 3 D animation for **Sammy 2**is spectacular with a funny and endearing story.
Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, **Quartet** will screen during the twilight shows. Starring Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, Billy Connolly and Tom Courtenay portray residents of Beacham House, a home for retired opera singers.
**The Sapphires** is the selected opening night film for **FLiFF 27.** Set in 1968 at the time of the Robert Kennedy/Martin Luther King assassinations, **The Sapphires** is about four young women from a remote Aboriginal Mission who become musical rivals to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Set in the backdrop of the Vietnam War, **The Sapphires** features pure soul music from the 1970s in full Dolby Digital Sound.
Some of the best films this year are about music. Be on the lookout for the following toe tapping documentaries on the big screen; **David Bromberg, Unsung Treasure** - a musician who collaborated with George Harrison and Bob Dylan. Narrated by Bromberg, **Unsung Hero** features historical black & white celluloid.
**Andrew Bird: Fever Year** follows this unique musician on tour, while he battles chronic illness and an indifferent creative muse. Beyond the music, **Fever Year** features Bird's artistic visuals of string and analog technology.
Let the **FLiFF 27** begin!