The International Film Festival Returns to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for Spring Semester

Updated 5 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
The International Film Festival Returns to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for Spring Semester
The Spring International Film Festival  will take place February 7-13 at the   Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.  Featuring a diverse collection of films, this week-long festival is sure to have something for everybody who attends.

Kicking off this festival is the film A Royal Affair (Denmark), which is a riveting story of brave idealists who pursue freedom for their people at any cost.  This is the true story of an ordinary man who wins over the queen and begins a revolution. 

Focusing on the love triangle between the insane Danish King Christian VII, a man of enlightenment and idealism named Struensee, and the young Queen Caroline Mathilda.  However, these individuals would soon be notified of a forbidden romance that would change the entire nation (This film is presented in Danish with English Subtitles – 2 hr. 17 mins.)

A Royal Affair shows on Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 2:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 11 @ 7:30 pm

The Flat (Israel) details an incredible story of a German family’s complicated history and the aftermath of World War II.  Soon after passing away, Director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother left him the task of clearing out a Tel Aviv flat.  Arnon’s grandmother and grandfather shared this flat for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930’s.  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 (This film is presented in Hebrew, English & German with English Subtitles – 1 hr. 37 mins.)

The Flat shows on Saturday, Feb. 8 @ 2:30 pm; Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 5:30 pm; Monday, Feb. 10 @ 5:30 pm

The International Film Festival Returns to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for Spring Semester

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, it turns out that this widower is much 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.  Takashi finds himself playing protector of Akiko as they all settle into their new roles (This film is presented in Japanese with English Subtitles – 1 hr. 49 mins.)

Like Someone in Love shows on  Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 7:30 pm; Wednesday, Feb. 12 @ 7:30 pm

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 (This film is presented in French and Lingala with English Subtitles – 1 hr. 30 mins.)

War Witch shows on  Monday, Feb. 10 @ 7:30 pm; Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 5:30 pm

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.  Stirring with nervous energy from start to finish, 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 (This film is presented in Spanish with English Subtitles – 1 hr. 29 mins.)

The International Film Festival Returns to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center for Spring Semester

Una Noche shows on Saturday, Feb. 8 @ 5:30 pm; Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 12:30 pm; Wednesday, Feb. 12 @ 5:30 pm

The Sessions (USA) is based on the true story of a man who at age 38 is determined to lose his virginity, despite the fact that he is confined to an iron lung.  He plans to make this dream a reality, however, when receiving the support of his therapists and priest.  He soon 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 passionately optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien (This film is presented in English – 1 hr. 35 mins.)

The Sessions shows on  Tuesday, Feb. 11 @ 5:30 pm**; Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 7:30 pm

**The Sessions will also screen 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 304-696-6656 or visit our website at

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