Fall International Film Festival Showcases Diversity and Culture at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

Updated 5 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Fall International Film Festival Showcases Diversity and Culture at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center
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HUNTINGTON, WV- The Marshall Artists Series is proud to present the Fall International Film Festival featured at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. This gala of international productions is sure to captivate and impress audiences as they explore the cultures of India, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Italy, Japan, and the United States through this collection of exceptional films. The event will take place from November 7-13, 2014.


The film festival kicks off with an Indian romance, The Lunch Box, highlighting the drama of widower, Saajan’s journey in finding unexpected love and happiness in the curious lunch box letters he receives from young, neglected housewife, Ila. Set in the city of Mumbai, India, each day 5,000 dabbawallas deliver hot lunches prepared by housewives to their busy husbands, but when Saajan accidentally receives a meal made by Ila, the beautiful drama begins to unfold of their life and love found in unforeseen places. (The production is presented in Hindi with English subtitles and runs for 1hr. 45mins).


The Lunch Box shows on Friday, Nov. 7 @ 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 @ 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 7:30 p.m.


Wadjda is the first film ever shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first Saudi feature directed by a woman. ‘Wadjda’ is the story of a fun-loving, entrepreneurial 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh. When Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale, she wants it desperately, but her mother won’t allow her to have it, fearing repercussions from a conservative society, so Wadjda decides to raise the money herself. (The film is featured in Arabic with English subtitles and runs for 1hr. 40 mins).


Wadjda shows on Satuday, Nov. 8 @ 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10 @ 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 5:30 p.m.


In the Mexican film, Instructions Not Included, Valentin is Acapulco’s resident playboy-until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby’s mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter, Maggie. An unlikely father figure, Valentin raises Maggie for six years, while also establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen to pay the bills, with Maggie acting as his on-set coach. As Valentin raises Maggie, she forces him to grow up too. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie’s birth mom shows up out of the blue, and Valentin realizes he’s in danger of losing his daughter- and his best friend. (The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles and runs for 1 hr. and 40 mins).


Instructions Not Included shows on Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 @ 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 5:30 p.m.


The Oscar winner, The Great Beauty, tells the story of an aging journalist who enjoys a life of hedonism and excess, but whose 65th birthday prompts a sobering bout of self-reflection. When young Jep Gambardella came to Rome, he was quickly swept-up into the city’s vibrant nightlife. Following the success of his first and only novel, Gambardella became a literary icon. Years later, he’s the life of every party, and spends most nights holding court in the city’s hottest clubs. On the day he turns 65, Gambardella is reminded of a chapter from his past that gives him a striking new perspective on the magnificent city that he has come to call home. (The show will be featured in Italian with English subtitles and runs for 2 hrs. 22 mins).


The Great Beauty shows Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10 @ 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 7:30 p.m.


From Japan, Like Father, Like Son, introduces Ryota, a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori, and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. (The film is presented in Japanese with English subtitles and runs for 2 hrs. 2 mins).


Like Father, Like Son shows Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 @ 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 5:30 p.m.


The Oscar-winning US documentary, Twenty Feet From Stardom, shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. 20 FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. (The film is presented in English and runs for 1hr. 29 mins).


Twenty Feet From Stardom shows Friday, Nov. 7 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov.9 @ 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 11 @ 7:45 p.m.


Tickets for the Fall International Film Festival are $7.50 per film and may be purchased at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. International Film Festival season passes are also available and includes both the Fall and Spring festivals (12 films total).  Series passes are $70.  Advance tickets are not necessary.  Individual film tickets will be sold 15 minutes prior to each film.  For more information call 304-696-6656 or visit our website at www.marshallartistsseries.org.

The Fall International Film Festival is sponsored by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Oldies 97.1, WVHU, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the Marshall Artists Series.

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