Charlottesville's Virginia Film Festival, taking place October 27 - 30 recently unveiled its 60 film slate. Opening VIFF is Carlo Gabriel Nero's "The Fever," starring Vanessa Redgrave, which is a story about a middle-class woman who becomes a political activist "when her social conscience is awakened." This year's closing screening will be Dan Ireland's "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont," about an elderly lady who befriends a young writer as she resides in a retirement hotel in London.
Laura Colella's "Stay Until Tomorrow," about a young woman who "stirs up adventure at a local library when she unexpectedly drops in on an old friend who works," there will be a part of the fest's competition. Also slated is Andrew Bujalski's "Mutual Appreciation," about a musician who leaves his old band and heads off to New York to try to focus on his career tempted to distraction by his friend's girlfriend is in the line up.
Also screening at VFF: Robert Margolis and Frank Matter's "The Definition of Insanity," a comedy about acting that stars Margolis; Jem Cohen's "Chain, " about "the increasing homogenization of the American landscape," where the lives of a corporate executive and a drifter intertwine; David Marfield's "Deepwater," a thriller about a man who comes to a small town and becomes entangled in a murderous game, and Doug Sadler's "Swimmers," about an 11-year-old girl who becomes suspicious about the adults in her small fishing town after an accident occurs. On the jury will be Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures, Jon Douglas of Regal Entertainment Group and Eric D'Arbeloff of Roadside Attractions. The winner will also receive a $5,000 cash prize and will get their film screened in New York.
Music will also play a part in the festival this year. Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton will play live to accompany the screening of Harold Lloyd's 1927 silent film "The Kid Brother," about the shy youngest son in a rough-and-tumble family who tries to earn the respect of his father and the love of a girl. A screening of Lee Hirsch's "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony," a documentary about the role of music in the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa, will be followed by a performance by the South African singer Vusi Mahlasela.
Other films to be shown will include the classics "Inherit the Wind," Stanley Kramer's drama about a teacher arrested for promoting Darwin's theory of evolution; "Paths of Glory," Stanley Kubrick's film about a unit commander in the French army during World War I who faces the mutiny of his men and political opposition from a rival general, and "The Ox Bow Incident," William A. Wellman's western about two men who wander into a town where a murder has just been committed. Many documentaries will also screen, including Keith and Kevin Beauchamp's "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," about a black man who was murdered in 1955 after whistling at a white woman; Henry Corra's "Same Sex America," an exploration of same-sex marriage, and Florence Ayisi and Kim Longinotto's "Sisters in Law," about two female judges in Cameroon.
For more information, visit the festival's website.