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Fairhope Film Festival : Year 2!

17 Oct 2014

written by Mailer-Daemon

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The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly—will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.

The people of the Gulf Coast have always loved a good story. Meet us on our front porch this fall to catch a bay breeze and 40-plus select tales you won’t forget.
General Information

The 2014 Fairhope Film Festival takes place November 6th-9th in downtown Fairhope, Alabama. Festival passes will be available for sale through the website, with individual ticket sales at the door prior to film screenings. There will be other events throughout the festival as well.

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The Feature Films:

1,000 TIMES GOOD NIGHT

DIRECTED BY ERIK POPPE

NARRATIVE / USA / 117 mins

On assignment, one of the world’s top war photographers gets too close and is badly injured in an explosion. Back home, her husband and daughters can no longer bear the thought of her dying on assignment in a faraway land and she is given an ultimatum: her work or her family… TRAILER


ALIVE INSIDE

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL ROSSATO-BENNETT

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 73 mins

Alive Inside chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals who have been revitalized through music. It reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.  TRAILER


BLOOD AND CIRCUMSTANCE

DIRECTED BY TIM GORDON, WES SULLIVAN

NARRATIVE / USA / 97 mins

A study in family dysfunction, this intense crime story revolves around a series of interviews with inmate, Joel Stabler, who is being examined by a psychiatrist charged with determining whether Joel is fit to stand trial. As the narrative rotates back and forth from present day to 15 years earlier, we begin to fill in the real story of what led Joel to where he is today. By the end of the film, much of what Joel has said is called into question and the audience is left to piece together what really happened. BLOOD & CIRCUMSTANCE is a psychological puzzle box, filled with questions in a world where there are no easy answers. (source: IMDB)  TRAILER


CALVARY

DIRECTED BY JOHN MICHAEL McDONAGH

NARRATIVE / IRELAND / 100 mins

Father James is a good priest faced with sinister circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. As he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter and reach out to help church members, he becomes increasingly aware of troubling forces.  TRAILER


CANNIBAL

DIRECTED BY MANUEL MARTÍN CUENCA

NARRATIVE / SPAIN, ROMANIA (subtitles) / 116 mins

Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in all of Granada, but he’s also a murderer and cannibal in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until he meets a prospective victim, Nina. A love awakens within him.  TRAILER


DAMNATION

DIRECTED BY BEN KNIGHT, TRAVIS RUMMEL

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 87 mins

This powerful film explores the change in our national attitude from pride in our big dams to the growing awareness of the life and health of our rivers. It shows the evolution from the conquest of the natural world to recognizing ourselves as part of nature.  TRAILER


DANCE OF REALITY

DIRECTED BY ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

NARRATIVE / CHILE (subtitles) / 130 mins

Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects director Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective, but rather a dance created by our own imaginations.  TRAILER


FED UP

DIRECTED BY STEPHANIE SOECHTIG

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 92 mins

Following a group of children for more than two years, director Stephanie Soechtig achieves a profound intimacy with them as she documents their uphill battles to follow the conventional wisdom—diet and exercise—in order to live healthier, fuller lives.  TRAILER


FIGHT CHURCH

DIRECTED BY DANIEL JUNGE, BRYAN STORKEL

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 84 mins

Fight Church is a documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised.  TRAILER


FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

DIRECTED BY JOHN MALOOF, CHARLIE SISKEL

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 83 mins

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs and hid them in storage lockers. They were discovered decades later, and are now considered some of the best photographs of the 20th century.  TRAILER


HAPPY VALLEY

DIRECTED BY AMIR BAR-LEV

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 98 mins

For decades, Joe Paterno was the head coach of Penn State’s football team. Everything came crashing down when Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sex abuse. Filmed during the year after his arrest, Bar-Lev dissects the story to uncover a tragic and complicated tale.  MORE INFO


HELLION

DIRECTED BY KAT CANDLER

NARRATIVE / USA / 94 mins

Motocross and heavy metal obsessed 13-year-old Jacob’s delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother with his aunt. Jacob and his emotionally absent father must finally take responsibility for their actions and for each other.  TRAILER


HUMAN CAPITAL

DIRECTED BY PAOLO VIRZÌ

NARRATIVE / ITALY (subtitles) / 109 mins

This thriller set in a downward-spiraling economy is based on the novel set in moneyed Connecticut. Human Capital smoothly relocates to Italy’s wealthy north. It is an engrossing, if anxiety-provoking, tale about two families whose destinies are tied together by a road accident.  TRAILER


IDA

DIRECTED BY PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI

NARRATIVE / POLAND (subtitles) / 80 mins

Anna, a young orphan raised in a convent in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows to become a nun when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.  TRAILER


IVORY TOWER

DIRECTED BY ANDREW ROSSI

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 90 mins

This documentary questions the cost and value of higher education in the United States. As tuition rates spiral and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?  TRAILER


LAST WISHES

DIRECTED BY HERSCHEL WEINGROD

NARRATIVE / USA / 30 mins

Scat and Clod are two young thugs – Scat the brains, Clod the brawn. Their specialty: targeting the elderly. They find the aged to be the perfect prey – soft targets – who put up little resistance out of weakness or fear or both. And, as Scat is fond of saying, “old people have good shit.”  MORE INFO


LE CHEF

DIRECTED BY DANIEL COHEN

NARRATIVE / FRANCE (subtitles) / 84 mins

A famous chef, played by veteran French actor Jean Reno, finds his position at a renowned restaurant threatened by a young hotshot specializing in chemically enhanced cuisine. He partners with a self-taught gourmet, whose creativity makes up for his lack of formal kitchen training.  TRAILER


LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

DIRECTED BY HIROKAZU KOREEDA

NARRATIVE / JAPAN (subtitles) / 120 mins

Ryota and his wife, Midori, learn that their six-year-old son, Keita, was switched at the hospital and is not their biological son. Ryota begins to question his own values on fatherhood. He must choose between “nature” and “nurture,” a decision that will change their lives forever.  TRAILER


LIV & INGMAR

DIRECTED BY DHEERAJ AKOLKAR

DOCUMENTARY / NORWAY / 89 mins

This documentary is an account of the 42-year and 12-film long relationship of Liv Ullman and Ingmar Bergman. Told entirely from Liv’s point of view, this rollercoaster journey of extreme highs and lows is constructed as a collage of images and sounds from the timeless Ullman-Bergman films.  TRAILER


LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

DIRECTED BY DAVID TRUEBA

NARRATIVE / SPAIN (subtitles) / 108 mins

This film is based on the true story of an English teacher who motivated his students using Beatles music. The setting is in 1966 Albacete with a die-hard Beatles fan on a road trip to meet John Lennon. On the way, he picks up two hitchhikers. The trio follow their dreams and look for their freedom.  TRAILER


LIVING STARS

DIRECTED BY MARIANO COHN, GASTÓN DUPRAT

DOCUMENTARY / ARGENTINA (subtitles) / 63 mins

In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people, identified simply by name and occupation, are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, and streets-each dancing to a fairly well known pop song. These are Living Stars.  TRAILER


MARAVILLA

DIRECTED BY JUAN PABLO CADAVEIRA

DOCUMENTARY / ARGENTINA (subtitles) / 82 mins

Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez’s fearlessness and tenacity have earned him both adulation and distain in the world of boxing. His career has been marred by injury, finances, and political favoritism. A true underdog story, Maravilla offers an intimate and unflinching look at the business of boxing and celebrity sportsmanship.  TRAILER


MOOD INDIGO

DIRECTED BY MICHEL GONDRY

NARRATIVE / FRANCE (subtitles) / 125 mins

This is a surreal and poetic story about Colin, an idealistic young man, and Chloe, a young woman who seems to be the incarnation of blues. Their idyllic marriage turns to sorrow when Chloe becomes ill due to a water lily growing in her lung. Colin works in absurd conditions to pay for her medical care as everything crumbles around them.  TRAILER


NO PROBLEM: SIX MONTHS WITH THE BAREFOOT GRANDMAMAS

DIRECTED BY YASMIN KIDWAI

DOCUMENTARY / INDIA AND TANZANIA (subtitles) / 57 mins

This documentary follows the story of a group of African women who join the rural solar electrification project run by the Barefoot College in the village of Tilonia, where numerous illiterate rural women from all over the world are being trained as solar engineers.  TRAILER


OF HORSES AND MEN

DIRECTED BY BENEDIKT ERLINGSSON

NARRATIVE / ICELAND (subtitles) / 80 mins

The relationship between man and beast is beautifully shown against the stunning Icelandic landscapes in this offbeat comedy and North Country-style romance. This debut feature from director Erlingsson is a symbiosis between horses, humans, and nature itself.  TRAILER


ON MY WAY

DIRECTED BY EMMANUELLE BERCOT

NARRATIVE / FRANCE (subtitles) / 116 mins

This delightful road film follows a broken-hearted sixty-something woman facing serious financial troubles with the restaurant she has been forced to run. She sets off on a trip to collect her thoughts. She ends up on a voyage that forces her to confront her past and open up the possibility of a romance.  TRAILER


POINT AND SHOOT

DIRECTED BY MARSHALL CURRY

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 83 mins

An American sets out on his motorbike to find both adventure and a sense of manhood, leading him on an extraordinary journey he could not have imagined, including fighting in the Libyan Revolution.  TRAILER


SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY

DIRECTED BY MARY DORE

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 90 mins

This film recounts the history of the outrageous, often brilliant, women who founded the modern women’s movement. Combining drama-tizations, performances, and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality.  TRAILER


SISTER

DIRECTED BY DAVID LASCHER

NARRATIVE / USA / 109 mins

A young actor is jolted out of his state of adolescence when his father dies. He is forced to take in his eleven-year-old adopted sister Niki, whom he barely knows. To complicate matters, she is on multiple anti-depressants and has been thrown out of school for violent behavior.  MORE INFO


STILL LIFE

DIRECTED BY UBERTO PASOLINI

NARRATIVE / UK / 84 mins

John May is a council worker whose job is to find the next of kin of those who have died alone. His life is neat, calm, and ordered until an elderly alcoholic named Billy Stoke is found dead. As May begins to research Stoke’s life, his boss brings devastating news of downsizing in his department.  TRAILER


SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON

DIRECTED BY BETH AALA, MIKE MYERS

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 85 mins

Mike Myers documents the career of the legendary and lovable Shep Gordon. Stuffed with fantastic archival footage, the film traces Shep’s transformation from 1970’s hedonist to today’s practicing Buddhist.  TRAILER


SWEET DREAMS

DIRECTED BY LISA FRUCHTMAN, ROB FRUCHTMAN

DOCUMENTARY / RWANDA / 89 mins

A remarkable group of Rwandan women defy the devastation of the genocide to form the country’s very first all-female drumming troupe. They even go on to open the country’s very first ice cream shop.  TRAILER


THE CIRCLE

DIRECTED BY STEFAN HAUPT

DOCUMENTARY / SWITZERLAND (subtitles) / 102 mins

Zurich, 1958. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality. He lives through the high point and eventual decline of the gay organization Der Kreis – which is seen as the pioneer of gay emancipation.  TRAILER


THE DARK VALLEY

DIRECTED BY ANDREAS PROCHASKA

NARRATIVE / GERMANY (subtitles) / 115 mins

A lone rider makes his way along a hidden path and reaches a small village, tucked away between the steep Alps. Nobody knows where he came from or what he wants, but everyone wants him to leave.  TRAILER


THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR

DIRECTED BY DANIEL GELLER, DAYNA GOLDFINE

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 120 mins

Fleeing conventional society, a doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. After the press sensationalizes their exploits, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson, a gun-toting Viennese Baroness, and her two lovers.  TRAILER


THE GREAT BEAUTY

DIRECTED BY PAOLO SORRENTINO

NARRATIVE / ITALY (subtitles) / 142 mins

Since the success of his one novel, Jep Gambardella has charmed his way through the Roman nightlife for decades. When his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep takes stock of his life, and finally looks past the nightlife to find a timeless landscape of beauty.  TRAILER


THE GREAT FLOOD

DIRECTED BY BILL MORRISON

DOCUMENTARY / USA (silent w/music) / 80 mins

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the Great Migration of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer – guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack. (source: IMDB)   TRAILER


THE LUNCHBOX

DIRECTED BY RITESH BATRA

NARRATIVE / INDIA (subtitles) / 104 mins

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.  (source: IMDBTRAILER


THE NIGHTINGALE

DIRECTED BY PHILIPPE MUYL

NARRATIVE / DRAMA / FRANCE, CHINA (subtitles) / 100 mins

The story of an old man and his grand-daughter, who walk together through China with a bird in a cage.

(source: IMDB)  TRAILER


THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO

DIRECTED BY IAN CHENEY

DOCUMENTARY / USA / 74 mins

Who was General Tso and why are we eating his chicken? This feature documentary explores the origins and ubiquity of Chinese-American food through the story of an iconic sweet and spicy chicken dish.  TRAILER


THE TRIP TO ITALY

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM

NARRATIVE / UK / 108 mins

In this sequel to Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film The Trip, comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a European restaurant tour in and around Italy: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi, and Capri.  TRAILER


WILD CANARIES

DIRECTED BY LAWRENCE MICHAEL LEVINE

NARRATIVE / USA / 95 mins

After the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, a recently engaged Brooklyn couple suspect foul play. Suddenly everyone seems like a likely suspect.  TRAILER


YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL

DIRECTED BY FRANÇOIS OZON

NARRATIVE / FRANCE (subtitles) / 95 mins

Acclaimed director François Ozon helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts.  TRAILER


YVES SAINT LAURENT

DIRECTED BY JALIL LESPERT

NARRATIVE / FRANCE (subtitles) / 106 mins

In January 1958, 21 year-old Yves St. Laurent was unexpectedly called upon to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by recently deceased Christian Dior. TRAILER

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Additionally, on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8, the Fairhope Brewing Company will host after-hours screenings of two new cult classic films:
Fateful Findings
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Hayride 2

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You do not need festival passes to attend these After Hours screenings – each event is $10/$15 for both and tickets may be purchased at the door. More info on AFTER HOURS here.

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