International Film Festival Starts Feb. 22

by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

Want the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures without having to leave Huntington? The week-long Spring International Film Festival makes that possible Feb. 22-28 at the Keith- Albee Performing Arts Center. The film festival will immerse audience members in the cultures of six different countries and six different languages. These countries include Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, Japan, France and the United Kingdom.

 The films are as follows:



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 long years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is actually a shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig… (1 hr. 57 min. Spanish with English subtitles)

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 heart-warming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their community from the outside forces that threaten to destroy it, “Where Do We Go Now?” is set in a remote village where the church and mosque stand side by side. The film follows the antics of the town’s Muslim and Christian women, heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups, in their efforts to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. (1 hr. 50 min. Arabic & Russian with English subtitles)


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 impossibly beautiful coastline, Adrift is a tale of nascent sexuality, infidelity and domestic dissolution.  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. (1 hr. 42 min. Portuguese with English Subtitles)


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.



12-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, 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. (1 hr. 31 min. Japanese with English Subtitles)

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, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful former life; or that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Using great sensitivity and humor, 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.  (1 hr. 34 min. French with English subtitles)


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.



In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz portrays Hester Collyer, 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. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theatre.  (1 hr. 38 min. English)


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 to learn more about the films or to download film festival schedule.


Sponsors for the Spring International Film Festival are: Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, Pullman Plaza Hotel, Cabell Huntington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, RBC Wealth Management, Frontier Communications, Kindred Communications, First State Bank, KEE 100, WVHU, WAMX, WOWK, the Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, COFA and the Marshall Artists Series.

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