Spring International Film Festival Coming to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Spring International Film Festival Coming to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

HUNTINGTON, WV- The Spring International Film Festival is making its way to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center on March 27-April 2, 2015. Bringing culture and film together, this year’s festival promises to provide Huntington residents the best in global cinema.

Kicking off the festival is Gloria (Chile), which is about a “woman of a certain age” who still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair – until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. (This film is presented in Spanish with English Subtitles, 1 hr. 48 mins.)

Awards: 2013 National Board of Review Top Five Foreign Language Films, 2014 SLFCA Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Gloria shows on Friday, Mar. 27 @ 5:30 pm, Sunday, Mar. 29 @ 12:30 pm, Tuesday, Mar. 31 @ 7:30 pm

Land Ho! (USA/Iceland), details the story of Mitch, a brassy former surgeon. Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, he convinces mild-mannered Colin, his ex-brother-in-law, to holiday with him in Iceland. The pair set off through Reykjavik ice bars, trendy spas, and adventurous restaurants in an attempt to reclaim their youth, but they quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself, no matter how far you travel. This bawdy adventure is a throwback to 1980’s road trip comedies, as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.

Also, there will be a post film discussion after the Saturday Land Ho! Screening at 2:30 pm with star Earl Lynn Nelson who plays Mitch. Fans of the film will be afforded the opportunity to hear Nelson discuss the making of the film, and ask questions. Acting in other notable films such as Pilgrim Song and Passenger Pigeons, Nelson brings his larger than life personality to the silver screen. A former New Orleans’ surgeon, Nelson’s role as Mitch came naturally in this comedy. (This film is presented in English, 1 hr. 35 mins.)

Awards: 2015 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award

Land Ho! shows on Saturday, Mar. 28 @ 2:30 pm, Monday, Mar. 30 @ 5:30 pm, Thursday, Apr. 2 @ 7:30 pm

Love is Strange (USA) tells the story of Ben and George, who have been together for nearly 40 years. When gay marriage becomes legal in New York, the couple decide that it’s finally time to tie the knot. Although the ceremony is everything Ben and George ever could have hoped for, the happy couple’s newlywed bliss is short-lived when the diocese receives word of the wedding, and George is fired from his job at a Catholic school. As a result, the pair are no longer able to afford the rent on the NYC apartment they’ve shared for two decades. The big event that should have brought Ben and George closer together leads only to loneliness and frustration, everyone involved finds their once-comfortable lives in a hopeless state of flux. (This film is presented in English, 1 hr. 38 mins.)

Awards: 2014 Women Film Critics Circle Award, 2015 Independent Spirit Award (Nominated), Golden Globe Award (Nominated)

Love is Strange shows on Friday, Mar. 27 @ 7:30 pm, Sunday, Mar. 29 @ 2:30 pm, Tuesday, Mar. 31 @ 5:30 pm

Oscar winner, Ida (Poland), is a drama set in 1962 Poland. Anna, an orphaned teenager preparing to become a nun is sent into the secular world to be with her only living relative, Wanda. Being outside the comforts of the convent, Anna experiences many new things and learns that she is in fact Jewish. Anna also learns that both of her parents were killed in the Holocaust. Although ready to take her vows as a nun, Anna is forced to deal with her tragic family history. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, the two search for answers given this shocking discovery – along the way, questioning their religions and beliefs. (This film is presented in Polish with English subtitles, 1 hr. 20 mins.)

Awards: 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, 2014 American Society of Cinematographers Spotlight Award

Ida shows on Saturday, Mar. 28 @ 12:30 pm, Sunday, Mar. 29 @ 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Apr. 1 @ 5:30 pm

A compelling story, 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (France), is about a 33 year old man – Arman. Ready to make a change in his life, Arman starts with a run in the park, where he literally bumps into Amélie. Slightly cynical but nevertheless lovely, Amélie becomes his target. Arman is dead-set on making a connection with Amélie and will do whatever it takes. As a bit of fate brings them together, Arman’s best friend Benjamin suffers an unexpected stroke, relegating him to the hospital for weeks where he falls for his doting physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, the three share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are. (This film is presented in French with English subtitles, 1 hr. 29 mins.)

Awards: 2014 RiverRun International Film Festival Special Jury Prize, 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival Golden Starfish Award (Nominated)

2 Autumns, 3 Winters shows on Saturday, Mar. 28 @ 7:30 pm, Monday, Mar. 30 @ 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Apr. 1 @ 7:30 pm

Chronicling the drama of the Lim family, Ilo Ilo (Singapore), is set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. A troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng, are the focus of this film. Comfortably middle-class and with another baby on the way, the family hires Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider to both the family and Singapore, Teresa struggles to manage Jiale’s antics and find her footing in the community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again. (This film is presented in Mandarin, Tagalog and English with English subtitles, 1 hr. 35 mins.)

Awards: 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award, 2013 Bombay International Film Festival Silver Gateway

Ilo Ilo shows on Saturday, Mar. 28 @ 5:30 pm, Sunday Mar. 29 @ 5:30 pm, Thursday, Apr. 2 @ 5:30 pm

 

Special Film Festival Kick-off Event

Seeking God in All Things, a special screening will be hosted by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters Thursday, March 26 @ 7:00 pm. For the past century in the United States, the Pallottine Missionary Sisters have been answering their call to serve the Catholic Church as religious Sisters.  All of them, responding to a personal and intimate call from God to serve others!  From Germany to Huntington, West Virginia, and points in between, the Pallottine Missionary Sisters have provided a century’s worth of extraordinary service to those in need. Seeking God in All Things is a documentary which chronicles the Sisters and their unwavering answer to God’s call, in which they would all be saying yes to a life that would not be their own…going where they might not want to go.  But such is the life and duty of a Pallottine Missionary Sister…to seek and find God in all things. *Admission to this screening is free

Tickets for the 2015 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 (304) 696-6656 or visit our website at www.marshall.edu/muartistseries.

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