International Film Festival begins Friday

By From staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The eight-day West Virginia International Film Festival kicks off Friday with a screening of the 1925 version of "Phantom of the Opera."Friday's 7 p.m. show takes place at St. Mark's United Methodist Church on Washington Street East. Cost is $5 at the door and includes live organ music by Todd Wilson.Also Friday, the Austrian and French drama "Amour," will be screened at Park Place Stadium Cinemas, with screenings at 1:45 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. The film is in French with English subtitles. Ticket price is set by the theater.The festival continues at Capitol Center Theater and the schedule follows. Tickets are $8 per film for adults and $5 for students; discount ticket packs are available.* "A Late Quartet" -- This U.S. romantic drama starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener screens at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 p.m. April 20. Charleston's Montclaire String Quartet will introduce the Wednesday and April 20 screenings.* "A Royal Affair" -- This Denmark-made romantic historical drama is in Danish with English subtitles. Screen times are 5 p.m. Sunday, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. April 20.
* "Beasts of the Southern Wild" - The U.S. dramatic fable screens at 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. April 19 and 9:30 p.m. April 20.* Nominated Best Foreign Language Film, 2013 Oscar, and 2013 Golden Globe* Memorial Screening of the late Bob Gates' films -- 6 p.m. Monday and 10 p.m. Monday. Suggested donation is $8 and films include "In Memory of the Land and the People", "Morris Family Old Time Music Festival," "Mucked," "Communication from Weber," and "Twelve Tall Stacks."* "Miracle Boy" --  This U.S. drama shows at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 p.m. April 20. The movie was shot in West Virginia by director Jake Mahaffy with a West Virginia cast and is based on a short story by author Pinckney Benedict.* "Only the Young" -- The U.S. documentary screens at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Thursday.* "Rust and Bone" -- In French with English subtitles, this romantic drama screens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. April 19.
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