A variety of cultures will be on show this weekend when the Fall International Film Festival gets under way.
The festival, which will begin Friday and continue through Wednesday at the Keith- Albee Performing Arts Center, will include six countries — Iran, Belgium, Denmark, USA, Israel and Norway.
The kickoff event will be at 7 p.m. today at the theater with a one-time only screening of the documentary “Skateistan” from Afghanistan, with a question-and-answer session wtih Huntington native Bryan Ridgeway.
Film festival schedule
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 5:30 p.m., Monday, 7:30 p.m.
This Oscar Winning film is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband, Nader, and daughter, Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father, but her request fails. Simin returns to her parents’ home but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to normal. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
“The Kid with a Bike”
Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
After being abandoned by his father, Cyril obsessively tries to find his bicycle — his father must have cared enough about him not to sell that off, he reasons. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser, a woman who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him. Full of heartbreaking betrayals and unexpected grace, “The Kid with a Bike” is a film about a child, abandoned to the elements, learning to become good.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Critically acclaimed, tough and coming-of-age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab and confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys, but now wants them to be a part of her life again. However, she must first prove to her ex-husband that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage and ghosts of the past slowly comes knocking on her door. She is bound to give in to her faith, and make the choice.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Monday, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a 6-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. This tiny hero, desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Friday, 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
Uriel and his father, Eliezer, are both professors in Talmudic Studies at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Uriel is often recognized for his broader approach to teaching; Eliezer’s only real recognition is a footnote hidden somewhere within the pages of an old obscure tome. Eliezer learns that he has been chosen as the recipient of a prestigious Israel prize and Uriel finds himself in a dark struggle. Will he stand by his father’s success or sabotage him for his own advancement?
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter, is living a life of luxury well beyond his means and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it. In doing so, he discovers something which makes him a hunted man.
Tickets are $7.50 per film and can be purchased at the event. Festival series tickets also are available for $90, which includes passes to the fall and spring film festivals and the special Skateistan screening.
For a season pass, call (304) 696-3326.
Patrons also can visit marshallartistsseries.org to view film trailers or to download film schedule.