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Fall film festival celebrates 30 years of international offerings

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Joss Whedon directs Amy Acker in his black-and-white, modern retelling of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon made the film in 12 days while on break from shooting "The Avengers."
Courtesy photo Maribel Verdu stars as the wicked stepmother in the Spanish fantasy "Blancanieves." The black-and-white, silent film reimagines Snow White as a female bullfighter in 1920s Seville, Spain.
Courtesy photo Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star in "Before Midnight," the final film in Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy. It follows "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset."
Courtesy photo "The Intouchables" is a French comedic drama based on the true story of a quadriplegic aristocrat and the young man from the projects he hires to be his caretaker.
Courtesy photo :"No" stars Gael García Bernal as the advertising executive behind the campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.
Courtesy photo "Holy Motors" is a subtitled, surreal fantasy from France and Germany.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The fall edition of the West Virginia International Film Festival comes to town a little earlier this year, taking over the Capitol Center Theater on Summers St. for 10 days of films beginning Thursday. It's the 30th anniversary of the event, which showcases international offerings as well as documentaries and independent films from the U.S.

Tickets are $8 per film or $5 for students with ID. A six-pack of tickets is $30. Call 304-342-6522 or visit www.wviff.org.

Below is a look at the films slated to be shown. Unless noted, they're from the U.S. and in English.

THURSDAY

8 p.m.: "Dirty Wars": Free. Sponsored by WV Citizens Action Group and WV Patriots for Peace. Unrated. Documentary about America's covert wars and the role of the Joint Special Operations Command.

FRIDAY

5:30 p.m.: "The Intouchables": France. Subtitled. A comedic drama about a quadriplegic aristocrat and the young man from the projects he hires to be his caretaker. Based on a true story. Rated R (language and some drug use).

8 p.m.: "Much Ado About Nothing": Joss Whedon's modern retelling of the Shakespeare comedy, filmed in black and white. Cast includes Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg. Rated PG-13 (some sexuality and brief drug use).

10 p.m.: "Holy Motors": France/Germany. Subtitled. Surreal fantasy about a mysterious man named Oscar who inhabits 11 characters over the course of a day while being shuttled around town in a white limousine. Unrated.

SATURDAY

5 p.m.: "Hollow": Free. Documentary examining the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County. Director Elaine McMillion will speak. Unrated.

7 p.m.: "No": Chile. Subtitled. Oscar-nominated historical drama about an ad executive and the campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. Rated R (language). Based on a true story.

9:15: "Blancanieves": Spain/France/Belgium. Subtitled. A black-and-white, silent fantasy film that re-imagines Snow White as a female bullfighter in 1920s Seville. Rated PG-13 (some violent content and sexuality).

SUNDAY

3 p.m.: "5 Broken Cameras": Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands. Subtitled. Oscar-nominated documentary of a Palestinian farmer's nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. Unrated.

5 p.m.: "Blancanieves"

7 p.m.: "Much Ado About Nothing"

MONDAY

5:30 p.m.: "5 Broken Cameras"

8 p.m.: "The Intouchables"

TUESDAY

5:30 p.m.: "No"

8 p.m.: "Holy Motors"

WEDNESDAY

5:30 p.m.: "5 Broken Cameras"

7:30 p.m.: "Hey Day": Free. Short documentary by WVSU Media Studies graduate Tijah Bumgarner about the emotional process of pregnancy and childbirth. Unrated.

8 p.m.: "Before Midnight": Conclusion to Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy ("Before Sunrise," Before Sunset"), about a French-American couple's relationship spanning 18 years. Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Rated R (sexual content/nudity and language).

OCT. 24

5:30 p.m.: "Before Midnight"

7:30 p.m.: "Hey Day" (free)

8 p.m.: "Blancanieves"

OCT. 25

5:30 p.m.: "Before Midnight"

7:30 p.m.: "Much Ado About Nothing"

9:30 p.m.: "The Intouchables"

OCT. 26

4:45 p.m.: "No"

5 p.m.: "The Short Films of Ethan Murrow": Free. At Clay Center ElectricSky Theater. A selection of videos and short films in conjunction with "Positions of Power, Land View," on display in the art gallery, where a reception follows the screening.

7 p.m.: "Blood on the Mountain": Free. Preview of work-in-progress documentary examining the roles of corporations and government in the coal industry. Director Mari-Lynn Evans will discuss the film following the screening. Unrated. 9:30 p.m.: "Holy Motors"


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