http://www.belmontworldfilm.org West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street
West Newton, MA 02465
$11 general admission; $9 seniors & students; $65 "Passport" provides eight admissions
Festivals & Fairs, Film
After 13 years at the Studio Cinema in Belmont, Belmont World Film moves its 14th annual international film series to the West Newton Cinema from March 22 through May 11. Entitled “Secrets and Lies,” the series features eight internationally-acclaimed films, many of which are New England or east coast premieres and their countries’ entries for the Oscar’s best foreign language film. In another departure from years past, most screenings take place on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM, with the exception of Monday night screenings on April 6 and May 11.
Of special interest to Bostonians are THE FINISHERS, a film inspired by the Boston Marathon father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt, which will be shown the day before Boston’s famous running event, and THE CUT, the first film to focus on the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority from the Ottoman Empire, which will be shown, two days after the 100th anniversary observation of the Armenian genocide. The Greater Boston area is home to the second largest population of Armenians in the country after the state of California.
The festival opens on Sunday, March 22, with the New England premiere of GHADI, a good natured satire about Lebanon's marginalization of people with mental and physical disabilities that was the country's entry for the Academy Awards' best foreign language film. The series closes on Monday, May 11, with the east coast premiere of TOKYO FIANCÉE, a film that examines two very different cultures--French and Japanese--and how far apart they are both physically and mentally.
Several other films were their countries' entry for best foreign film, including THREE WINDOWS AND A HANGING from Kosovo, about how the country's patriarchal society has prevented women from speaking out about the rape of women by the Serbians during the Kosovo War in the late 1990s, and A FEW CUBIC METERS OF LOVE from Afghanistan, which is based on a true story about a romance between an Afghanistan factory worker and an Iranian girl whose father works illegally at the factory (in the film, the countries are switched).
The opening and closing night films also feature receptions featuring Lebanese and French and Japanese cuisine, respectively.
For a complete schedule, including film descriptions, speakers, and receptions, visit www.belmontworldfilm.org