Arts & Entertainment at Marshall University
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Fall International Film Festival

Thursday October 27th to Sunday October 30th


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A War Denmark | In Arabic, English & Danish with English Subtitles

Claus Pedersen, a Danish army commander in Afghanistan, does his best to lead his men with integrity and maintain their morale after one of their young comrades is killed by a landmine. During an unexpected siege, Claus makes a split-second decision that will have a life-changing effect on him, his company and his family.

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Mustang Turkey | In Turkish with English Subtitles

It’s the beginning of summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters return home from school, innocently playing with a group of boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unforeseen consequences. The family home progressively transforms into a prison, practical household chores replace schoolwork, and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, rebel against the limitations imposed upon them.

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Prescription Thugs USA | In English

A hard hitting and thought provoking expose of Big Pharma, its marketing practices and their impact on the staggering level of addiction to prescription drugs in North America. Director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. After witnessing friends and relatives become addicted to prescription drugs, Bell sets out to explore the goals of pharmaceutical companies and doctors in this ever-growing market and asks how are they any different than back-alley drug-pushers?

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The Lady In The Van UK | In English

Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years.

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The Last Diamond France | In French with English Subtitles

Simon has recently been released from prison and is currently on parole. His former partner in crime, Albert, tempts him into committing one last heist: the theft of a priceless diamond. However, Simon’s plan to steal the diamond is met with some complications. Others are also after the diamond, including gangsters and ruthless killers.

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Viva Cuba | In Spanish with English Subtitles

Jesus is a hairdresser for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.

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Thu Oct 27th
5:30 pm The Lady In The Van
7:30 pm A War

Fri Oct 28th
5:30 pm The Last Diamond
7:30 pm Viva

Sat Oct 29th
12:30 pm A War
2:45 pm Prescription Thugs
5:30 pm The Last Diamond
7:30 pm Mustang

Sun Oct 30th
12:30 pm The Lady In The Van
2:30 pm Viva
5:30 pm Mustang
7:30 pm Prescription Thugs

Mon Oct 31st

Tue Nov 1st

Wed Nov 2nd

Spring International Film Festival

Thursday March 2nd to Sunday March 5th


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Dheepan France | In French with English Subtitles

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Dheepan is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life—only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

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Lo and Behold USA | In English

Remember life before the Internet? This technology of science fiction now infiltrates nearly every aspect of our lives—at great convenience, but at what cost? This is a playful, yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives. Although the Internet is “one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing,” there are also horror stories from victims of online harassment and Internet addiction. This documentary also wrestles questions regarding the Internet’s future.

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Sweet Bean Japan | In Japanese with English Subtitles

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis— pastries filled with sweet red bean paste. When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen, he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making sweet bean paste. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes. And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

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The Dark Horse New Zealand | In English

Based on the true story of Genesis ‘Gen’ Potini, a Maori speed-chess champion seeking redemption and a new purpose in life despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. A former chess prodigy, Gen is brilliant and charismatic, bringing unusual, potent energy to a game most often played with quiet reserve. Gen volunteers to coach the ragtag young members of the Eastern Knights chess club, bringing hope to the children of the club and to hopefully turn his troubled life around.

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The Second Mother Brazil | In Portuguese with English Subtitles

Val is a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. She is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

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Truman Span / Argentina | In Spanish with English Subtitles

When Julián receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion, their first meeting in many years, will also be their last. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián has decided to forgo continued treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing his possessions, finalizing his funeral arrangements, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved dog, Truman. It’s this final task that is causing him the greatest heartbreak.

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Film Schedule

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Thu Mar 2nd
5:30 pm The Second Mother
7:35 pm Sweet Bean

Fri Mar 3rd
5:30 pm Truman
7:30 pm Dheepan

Sat Mar 4th
12:30 pm The Dark Horse
2:45 pm Lo and Behold
5:30 pm The Second Mother
7:35 pm Dheepan

Sun Mar 5th
12:30 pm Sweet Bean
2:30 pm The Dark Horse
5:30 pm Truman
7:30 pm Lo and Behold

Mon Mar 6th

Tue Mar 7th

Wed Mar 8th