By Kim Lyle
With a selection spanning over 60 films, the third annual International Film Fest promises to have something that peaks the interests of moviegoers as diverse as the films themselves.
This year’s festival will be held on May 7-10, and will take place at the Perkins Rowe Cinemark. Individual tickets can be purchased on site or online. All-access passes are available online and will allow entry into all of the festival’s films, gala premieres, workshops, classes, tributes, film receptions and parties. A full schedule to the festival is available at lifilmfest.org. The festival grows in proportion to the support it receives from the local community, so it’s important to come out and view some of the fantastic films on showcase.
“There’s a smorgasbord of some of the most powerful, provocative, entertaining, emotional, maddening, inspiring, shocking, dramatic, hilarious, and captivating collection of films that you’re going to see anywhere, and all in a period of four wonderful, intoxicating days,” said Dan Ireland, the event’s Artist Director.
With Ireland’s help, DIG has compiled a delectable buffet of some of the festival’s must see films. Of course, it goes without saying that all movies showing this year are feast-worthy.
Thursday, May 7
Spy, 7:00 p.m.
LIFF will have the second screening in the world of the year’s most anticipated comedy! Spy is the latest from Bridesmaid director Paul Feig, and stars Melissa McCarthy in what critics are already calling her cinematic masterpiece. “Firing on all cylinders, Spy is an uproarious blast of globe-trotting action-comedy delirium that doesn’t let up for a second.”
Friday, May 8
Official International Animation Short Film Selection, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
All of the short films this year are worth seeing and showcase a wide array of new, emerging talent from Europe to Los Angeles.
For Morgan Neville’s follow up documentary to his Academy Award winning 20 Feet From Stardom, comes a “wonderful account of the infamous televised debates between liberal firebrand Gore Vidal and conservative gadfly William F. Buckley, Jr. during the 1968 Republican and Democratic Conventions.”
“Based loosely on the life of DJ Sven Hansen-Løve, Eden was directed by his younger sister Mia, and co-written by the pair. It follows Sven’s fictional counterpart over two decades of his life, as he tries to make it in the ‘90s Parisian music scene and create his own Eden on Earth.”
“Al Pacino plays a one-time roustabout now living as a locksmith in Texas, who lost his way on the path of life after he stopped dreaming.” Both Al Pacino and Holly Hunter deliver stunning performances in the unexpected love story from director David Gordon Green.
Saturday, May 9
Official Louisiana Live-Action Short Film Selection, (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
“Director Bernard Rose (The Devil’s Violinist) returns this year with his shocking and powerful modern day update on Mary Shelley’s classic tale of horror.” He’s created a character that will capture your heart and simultaneously leave you haunted by his presence for days.
Sunday, May 10
Official International Live-Action Short Film Selection, (10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
“Based on the life of Christina Noble, this is the incredible true story of one woman’s valiant struggle to overcome her own life on the streets of Ireland as a child and eventually help save over a million orphan Vietnamese children from a life of poverty, starvation, disease and drugs.”
The unequivocal star at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Me Earl and the Dying Girl “…is a film that values intelligence and artistic pursuits in young people, teaching us that it is how we relate to one another and what we leave behind that really matters. A film people will hold dear to their heart for many years to come.” Even the trailer will leave you laughing and then reaching for a Kleenex.