Spring International Film Festival begins Friday, Feb. 7


The  weeklong Spring International Film Festival, featuring a diverse collection of films from six countries, takes place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Feb. 7-13

Kicking off this festival is A Royal Affair (Denmark), which is a story of brave idealists who pursue freedom for their people at any cost. It focuses on the love triangle among the insane Danish King Christian VII, a man of enlightenment and idealism named Struensee and the young Queen Caroline Mathilda. These individuals would soon be notified of a forbidden romance that would change the entire nation.

A Royal Affair shows on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The Flat (Israel) details the story of a German family’s complicated history and the aftermath of World War II. Director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother left him the task of clearing out a Tel Aviv flat after her passing.  Arnon’s grandmother and grandfather shared this flat for decades since emigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.  Sorting through old photos and letters, he finds clues that point to a great family mystery.  Soon uncovering the taboo story of his German family – both Jewish and non-Jewish, he tries to tries to put together the puzzle of their lives.

The Flat shows on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Like Someone in Love (Japan) tells the story of a Tokyo student named Akiko who moonlights as a call girl.  One night Akiko is sent to a suburban client and is surprised to find the elderly man, Takashi, to be a committed academic and work-addict.  However, this widower is more interested in social interaction than sex.  Soon, the shy man encounters Akiko’s aggressive boyfriend, who assumes that the man is simply her grandfather. Although strange at first, this relationship seems to be just the thing that Akiko needs.

Like Someone in Love shows on Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Telling the story of 12 year old Komona, War Witch (Canada) is about the kidnapping efforts of rebel soldiers and a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle.  Forced to commit heinous acts, Komona finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions.  This inspires the nickname “War Witch,” given to her by a rebel chief.  Forming a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician, she escapes the rebel soldiers and seems to be close to freedom.  However, Komona soon realizes that she must first find a way to rid the haunting ghosts of his past

War Witch shows on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Una Noche (Cuba) shows the desperate efforts of Cuban teenagers Raul and Elio to escape their poverty-stricken lives.  Tired of serving privileged tourists, they are intrigued by the prospect of living in Miami.  However, Raul is forced to escape the sun-bleached capital after he is accused of assaulting a foreigner.  Elio, on the other hand, must decide between helping Raul and pursuing freedom or staying with his twin sister, Lila.   This film depicts the restless youth of Havana and follows one day in the life of these youths, full of hope and fraught with tension.

Una Noche shows on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The Sessions (USA) is based on the true story of a man who, at age 38, is determined to lose his virginity, despite being confined to an iron lung.  He plans to make this dream a reality, however, when receiving the support of his therapists and priest.  He contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate, and not only pursues his dream but forms a fascinating relationship in the process. This story is based around the  optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien.

The Sessions shows on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.**; Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Sessions will also be screened simultaneously at the Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium at the Huntington Museum of Art with narrative description for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  This screening will be free to the public.

Tickets for the Spring International Film Festival are $7.50 per film.  Tickets may be purchased at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center; advance tickets are not necessary.  Tickets go on sale 15 minutes prior to each film.  For more information call ext. 6-6656 or visit  www.marshallartistsseries.org.

 

Dates and Show Times

Fri., Feb. 7 Sat., Feb. 8 Sun., Feb. 9 Mon., Feb. 10 Tues., Feb. 11 Wed., Feb. 12 Thur., Feb. 13
12:30 p.m. The Sessions (USA) 12:30 p.m. Una Noche (Cuba)
2:30 p.m. The Flat (Israel) 2:30 p.m. A Royal Affair (Denmark)
5:30 p.m. Like Someone in Love (Japan) 5:30 p.m. Una Noche (Cuba) 5:30 p.m. The Flat (Israel) 5:30 p.m. The Flat (Israel) 5:30 p.m. The Sessions (USA)** 5:30 p.m. Una Noche (Cuba) 5:30 p.m. War Witch (Canada)
7:30 p.m. A Royal Affair (Denmark) 7:30 p.m. War Witch (Canada) 7:30 p.m. Like Someone in Love (Japan) 7:30 p.m. War Witch (Canada) 7:30 p.m. A Royal Affair (Denmark) 7:30 p.m. Like Someone in Love (Japan) 7:30 p.m. The Sessions (USA)

 

**The Sessions will also be screened simultaneously at the Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium at the Huntington Museum of Art with narrative description for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  This screening will be free to the public.