W.Va. International Film Festival ends Saturday

“Wadjda,” the story of a young girl who challenges Saudi traditions, screens at 630 p.m. Saturday at the West Virginia International Film Festival.
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“Enough Said,” starring the late James Gandolfini (in his next to last role) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, screens at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the final weekend of the spring West Virginia International Film Festival.

The 30th annual spring West Virginia International Film Festival ends Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St., but you still have a chance to see all eight of the films being presented. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students (with ID), and a six-ticket pack is available for $30.

Here is the remaining schedule:


6:30 p.m.: “Watermark”: This Canadian documentary focuses on how water shapes humanity. Rated PG (some smoking images).

8:15 p.m.: “Frances Ha”: An American comedy-drama, this black-and-white character study explores the life of a 27-year-old New Yorker (Golden Globe nominee Greta Gerwig) who follows her dreams even as she barely scrapes together a living as a dance company apprentice. Rated R (sexual references and language).



5:45 p.m.: “Surviving Cliffside”: This documentary follows an Alum Creek family (the director’s cousins) struggling with drug addiction, poverty and bad choices while their daughter, a luekemia survivor, attempts to become Little Miss West Virginia. Unrated.

7 p.m.: “Enough Said”: Golden Globe nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in this comedy-drama as a divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in (the late James Gandolfini) – only to find out he’s her new friend’s (Catherine Keener) ex-husband. Rated PG-13 (crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity).

8:45 p.m.: “The Past”: In this Golden Globe-nominated French/Iranian subtitled mystery-drama, an Iranian man who deserted his French wife and her two children, returns to Paris to finalize their divorce, and while there, discovers his wife is in a new relationship and the older daughter has a shocking secret. Rated PG-13 (mature thematic material and brief strong language).



4:30 p.m.: “Blue Jasmine”: Woody Allen’s latest comedy-drama stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as deeply troubled New York socialite who travels to San Francisco to stay with her estranged sister after her life falls apart. Rated PG-13 (mature thematic material, language and sexual content).

6:30 p.m.: “Wadjda”: This subtitled Saudi Arabian drama – the first film to be shot entirely in the country – is the story of a 10-year-old girl who challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy the green bicycle she desperately desires. Rated PG (thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking).

8:30 p.m.: “The Great Beauty”: The Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, this subtitled Italian comedy-drama centers on an aging socialite, who on the night of his 65th birthday, reflects on his life, first love and sense of discontent. Unrated.

For more on the film festival, visit www.wviff.org.

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