Keith Albee Hosts Spring International Film Festival in March

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Keith Albee Hosts Spring International Film Festival in March

Spring is here! Need a break? How’s a week in exotic places like France, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Argentina or right here in the USA sound? How about a $7 ticket?

The Marshall Artists Series has you covered. So, don the jet-set duds and head down to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for The SPRING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL which begins Thursday, March 3 and runs through Wednesday, March 9.  This year’s festival is jam packed with laughter, fun, mystery, along with being the most lavish way escape to a quick spring break.  The films are as follows:

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES: ARGENTINA

The 82nd Academy Awards honored “The Secret in Their Eyes” with the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Recently retired criminal court investigator, Benjamin, decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him.  Sharing his plans with Irene, the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years. Benjamin’s initial involvement with the case is show through flashbacks, as he sets out to identify the murderer.  But Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment at last.

(2 hr. 7 min. Spanish with English Subtitles)

Show Times:

Friday, March 4 @ 9:50 PM

Saturday, March 6 @ 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 8 @ 7:30 PM

MID-AUGUST LUNCH: ITALY

Broke and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sensor humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment.  The condo debts are mounting but if Gianni looks after the build manager’s mother during the Pranzo di Ferragosto (Italy’s biggest summer holiday, and the Feast of the Assumption), all will be forgiven.  Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow… can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters?

(75 min. Italian with English Subtitles)

Show Times:

Thursday, March 3 @ 7:40 PM

Saturday, March 5 @ 9:45 PM

Sunday, March 6 @7:45 PM

STILL WALKING: JAPAN

Fifteen years ago, Junpei, the youngest son of the Yokoyama family died while rescuing a boy from drowning.  On the anniversary of his death, the remaining siblings visit the quaint home of their parents with their families in tow.  Over the course of a beautiful day, new relatives become acquainted telling stories and squabbling over sizzling tempura and an elegant graveside ritual is performed for Junpei.

(1 hr. 44min. Japanese with English Subtitles)

Show Times:

Saturday, March 5 @ 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 6 @ 9:45 PM

Monday, March 7 @ 5:30 PM

THE CONCERT: FRANCE

During the Brezhnev era, Andrei Filipov was the greatest conductor in the Soviet Union and he directed the famous Bolshoi Orchestra.  But after refusing to abandon his Jewish musicians, including his best friend Sacha, he was fired at the height of his glory.  Thirty years later, he is still working at the Bolshoi, but…as a cleaner.  One evening, when Adrei has stayed late to polish the director’s desk, he comes across a fox addressed to the Bolshoi management:  it is an invitation from the Thtre du Chtelet in Paris for the orchestra to come and perform.  Suddenly, Andrei has a crazy idea: why not bring together his old musician friends, who now get by doing menial work, and take them to Paris, passing them off as the Bolshoi Orchestra?  It is the long-awaited occasion for them to get their due.

(1 hr. 59 min. French and Russian with English Subtitles)

Show Times:

Thursday, March 3 @ 5:30 PM

Saturday, March 5 @ 2:30 PM

Tuesday, March 8 @ 5:30 PM

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE: SWEDEN

The sequel to the blockbuster “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Mikael Blomkvist is about to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society.  On the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander.

(2 hr. 9 min. Swedish with English Subtitles)

Show Times:

Friday, March 4 @ 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 6 @ 5:30 PM

Monday, March 7 @ 7:30 PM

Wednesday, March 9 @ 5:30 PM

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN: USA

The Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize-Documentary winner, explores the tragic ways in which the American public education system is failing our nation’s children, and explores the roles that charter schools and education reformers could play in offering hope for the future.  We see the statistics every day – students dropping out, science and math scores falling, and schools closing due to lack of funding.  What we don’t see are the names and faces of the children whose entire futures are at stake due to our own inability to enact change.  There was a time when the American public education system was a model admired by the entire world.  Today other countries are surpassing us in every respect, and the slogan “No Child Left Behind” is nothing more than a cynical punch line.

Show Times:

Friday, March 4 @ 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 6 @ 2:30 PM

Wednesday, March 9 @ 7:45 PM

So stow your tray tables, and place your seat in the upright position, it’s time to prepare for take-off.  Come see one, or see them all; THE SPRING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is always a unique fun-filled journey around the world.

Tickets for THE SPRING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL are $7 for individual films and may be purchased at the event.  Patrons can also visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for more information.

THE SPRING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is sponsored by: Cabell Huntington Convention & visitors Bureau, Hooters, WKEE, WAMX, WOWK, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, The College of Fine Arts, and The Marshall Artists Series.

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