The Fall International Film Festival, featuring films from Belgium, Denmark, Iran, Israel, Norway and the United States, and running the gamut of diverse family dramas, plucky youngsters struggling against incredible odds, and a caper gone bad, runs from Oct. 12 to 17 in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
In addition, the only screening of Skateistan’s “Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul” can be seen on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Keith-Albee. This documentary uses skateboarding as a means to improve young lives in Afghanistan and will be followed by Huntington native and skateboard industry icon, Bryan Ridgway, who will speak about the Skateistan project. In addition, one of the rarest collections of skateboards, spanning six decades, will be on display in the Keith-Albee lobby.
The international films include:
A Separation – Iran. This Oscar-winning film documents he dissolution of a marriage when wife Simin wants to leave Iran, but her husband Nader refuses to leave his Alzheimer's-suffering father. When their daughter, Termeh, elects to stay with her father, Simin files for divorce and Nader hires a young woman to assist him, finding that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
The Kid With The Bike – Belgium. After being abandoned by his father, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle and then almost by accident becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser. This film is about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good.
Applause. After critically acclaimed actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she tries to prove herself to her ex-husband and gain custody of her two boys. However, her hard-living past comes knocking on her door, forcing her to give in to her faith and make a choice.
Beasts of the Southern Wild – U.S. In a forgotten bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. When a fierce storm unbalances her world, she desperately tries to restore structure to it by saving her ailing father and their sinking home, learning to survive catastrophes of epic proportion.
Footnote – Israel. Uriel and his father, Eliezer, are professors at Jerusalem Hebrew University. Uriel is recognized for his broad approach to teaching, while Eliezer is chiefly known only for a footnote hidden somewhere within the pages of an old, obscure tome. When Eliezer wins a prestigious prize, Uriel struggles to decide if he will stand by his father’s success or sabotage him for his own advancement.
Headhunters – Norway. Roger is Norway’s most accomplished “headhunter” and a charming scoundrel who subsidizes his luxurious lifestyle by stealing art. When he decides to risk it all to get his hands on an extremely valuable painting, he uncovers something that makes him a hunted man.
International Film Festival tickets are $7.50 per film and can be purchased at the event. Film Festival series tickets are also available for $90, which includes passes to both the fall and spring festivals plus the special Skateistan screening. Individual tickets to the Skateistan screening are $10 and may also be purchased at the door. To order season passes in advance call ext. 6-3326. Each festival film will be shown multiple times and to view trailers or download the schedule, visit www.marshallartistseries.org.
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