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International Film Fest ends Sunday

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Illusion and dance blend together in the Oscar-nominated documentary "Pina." The 3D film will screen at Park Place Stadium Cinemas as part of the 2012 W.Va. Spring International Film Festival.
Courtesy photo "A Dangerous Method": UK/Germany/Canada/Switzerland. Rated R (sexual content and brief language). Biographical drama.
Courtesy photo "Project Nim": UK/US. Rated PG-13 (some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images). Documentary.
Courtesy photo "Beginners": US. Rated R (language and some sexual content). Romantic comedy.
Courtesy photo "The Skin I Live In": Spain. Subtitled. Rated R (disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language). Thriller.
Courtesy photo "Carnage": France/Germany/Poland/Spain. Rated R (language). Black comedy.
Courtesy photo "The Guard": Ireland. Rated R (pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content). Black comedy.
Courtesy photo "Poetry": South Korea. Subtitled. Unrated. Drama.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2012 Spring International Film Festival runs through Sunday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. It features films from around the globe, focusing on acclaimed, award-nominated pictures that didn't make their way to Charleston upon their initial release.

Tickets are $7 per film or $5 for students. A six-pack of tickets is available for $30. For more information, visit www.wviff.org. Unless noted, films are English language from the U.S.

Thursday

7:30 p.m.: "Pina": Germany/France/UK. Subtitled. Rated PG (some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking). Screens at Park Place Stadium Cinemas. Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary and BAFTA nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

In a 3D tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch, her dancers perform her most famous creations. Directed by Wim Wenders.

8 p.m.: "Bill Cunningham New York": USA/France. Unrated. Free screening sponsored by Taylor Books Annex Gallery. A cinematic profile of the acclaimed 83-year-old New York City fashion photographer.

Friday

7 p.m.: "The Guard": Ireland. Rated R (pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content). Black comedy. Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical (Brendan Gleeson), BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic).

Fish-out-of-water tale about a confrontational unorthodox Irish policeman (Gleeson) teamed with an uptight FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

9 p.m.: "Carnage": France/Germany/Poland/Spain. Rated R (language). Black comedy. Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet).

Two sets of parents agree to a cordial meeting after their sons get in a fight; as the evening progresses, their own behavior becomes increasingly childish. Based on the Tony Award-winning play "God of Carnage." Directed by Roman Polanski. Co-starring John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz.

 

 

Saturday

5 p.m.: "The Guard"

7 p.m.: "Project Nim": UK/USA. Rated PG-13 (some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images). Documentary. Sundance winner Directing Award (World Cinema, Documentary), BAFTA nominee for Best Documentary.

In the 1970s, a chimpanzee was taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child in an experiment that aimed to show an ape could learn to communicate with language if nurtured like a human child. From the director of the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire."

9 p.m.: "A Dangerous Method": UK/Germany/Canada/Switzerland. Rated R (sexual content and brief language). Biographical drama. Golden Globe nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Viggo Mortensen).

A look at the turbulent relationships among Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein, the patient who comes between them. Starring Michael Fassbender as Jung, Mortensen as Freud and Keira Knightly as Sabina. Directed by David Cronenberg. Sunday

3 p.m.: 2012 Oscar-nominated animated shorts: Unrated but suitable for all ages. All but one are silent.

They are: "Dimanche/Sunday" (Canada; a melancholy look at a Sunday afternoon through a boy's eyes); "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (Winner. US; set in a black-and-white world where books are living things that might die if no one reads them); "La Luna" (US; Pixar coming-of-age tale about three generations of men out on the moonlit sea); "A Morning Stroll" (UK; a boy's encounter with a chicken in the city told in three different styles from three different eras); "Wild Life" (Canada; an Englishman in the early 20th century is unsuited for his move to the Canadian frontier).

5 p.m.: "Poetry": South Korea. Subtitled. Unrated. Drama. Cannes Best Screenplay winner and Palm d'Or nominee.

A 66-year-old woman, who is struggling with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and the discovery of a heinous family crime, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

5:30 p.m.: "Pina" (At Park Place)

7:30 p.m.: "The Skin I Live In": Spain. Subtitled. Rated R (disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language). Thriller. BAFTA Best Foreign Language Film winner, Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film and Cannes Palme d'Or nominee

A plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) who is haunted by past tragedies creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage and tests it on a mysterious woman he holds captive. Directed by Pedro Almodovar.


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