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Keaton, Kline star in Darling Companion at SIFF screening
Trouble dogging a marriage

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the enjoyable feel-good comedy "Darling Companion" on Tuesday, June 12, as part of the festival's Second Tuesday Cinema Series. There will be two screenings of the film at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres.

"Darling Companion" - from four-time Academy Award-nominated director Lawrence Kasdan - features a stellar ensemble cast including Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer and Sam Shepard.

"Darling Companion" is a comedy about many varieties of companionship. At the center of the movie is a marriage that has gone on for a long time and become frayed. Surrounding that union are young people falling in love, a brand-new marriage and the surprise of mid-life romance.

The film is also about the connection that sometimes happens between a human being and a pet - the love, friendship and solace that can pass between species.

On the side of a busy freeway, Beth (Diane Keaton) finds the love, devotion, commitment, and courage she needs - all wrapped up in a stray dog who becomes her "darling companion." When the beloved canine goes missing, a shaggy-dog search adventure plays out, drawing together friends and family and rekindling a lifelong love.

"Anyone who's ever had a dog knows they live in the moment. Their behavior can have an incredible effect on the people around them," said writer/director/producer Lawrence Kasdan. "While humans worry about the future and mull over the past, dogs bring us back to the present with the uncomplicated joy they take in the here and now."

"The characters in 'Darling Companion' are fictional, but the sense of how our affection for these animals can bring people together is very true," added Kasdan.

The title sponsor for this film premiere event is the Humane Society of Sedona.  The series is also made possible by a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts, the Sedona Community Foundation and the City of Sedona.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members, and will be available starting at 3 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Members can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 2030 W. 89A, Suite A3, or by calling (928) 282-1177. Visit:

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