The 12th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festivalkicked opened Wednesday night with the U.S. premier of "The Black Tulip" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.Directed by Sonia Nassery Cole, "The Black Tulip" depicts a family torn from their home by the Taliban and finding new hope in opening a restaurant which becomes a beacon of hope to local artists and poets. The film was shot entirely in Afghanistan and was the country's official entry for the Foreign Language Film Award at the 83rd Academy Awards. The evening was also about awards and award winning actress Anne Archer received the Legends Awards for her artistic and humanitarian work. The BHFF champions international independent film and its program runs until April 29. Screenings are held at the state-of-the-art Clarity Theater (100 North Crescent Drive) in Beverly Hills, California.
Tickets are available on the fest site or by calling the BHFF office at 310.779.1206. Prices range from $12.00 per screening to $275.00 for the Awards Gala. Screening Passes ($150.00) and VIP Festival Passes ($550.00) are also available. For a complete 2012 festival line-up and schedule, please visit www.beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com