Spring International Film Festival starts Friday

The opportunity to experience a whole host of different cultures without ever leaving Huntington comes with the week-long Spring International Film Festival Feb. 22-28 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. The film festival offers audiences glimpses into six different countries, including Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, Japan, France and the United Kingdom.

The films include:

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is actually a shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needs three things– no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig.

Show times:

Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

A group of women are determined to protect their community from the outside forces that threaten to destroy it. The film is set in a remote village where the church and mosque stand side by side. The film follows the efforts of the town’s Muslim and Christian women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war.

Show times:

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

Set on Brazil’s beautiful coastline, while spending summer vacation with her family on the idyllic southeast coast of Brazil, 14-year-old Filipa discovers that her father, a famous author, is betraying her mother by dallying with a beautiful young American woman. Wrestling with the truth, Filipa will soon discover that her father’s infidelity is only the first of many dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of her seemingly perfect family.

Show times:

Friday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan, while his younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents’ divorce and Koichi’s only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line that will link the two towns will soon open, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.

Show times:

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, no one in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful former life or that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. The film follows a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death.

Show times:

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m.

Hester Collyer is a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. Hester is the wife of an upper-class judge and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page, a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.

Show times:

Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m.


Tickets for the Spring International Film Festival are $7.50 and may be purchased at the event. Advance purchase is not necessary. Patrons can also visit www.marshallartistsseries.org to learn more about the films or to download a film festival schedule.