Photos | left “Perfumes – Les Films Velvet; right “Escape from Extinction” – MRB Productions
The annual Fairhope Film Festival is back this year, but — like so much of our world — in a slightly different form, offering both in-person and virtual screenings Nov. 12-14. The selections for this year’s always-eclectic festival emphasize international film, offering a truly unique experience.
On Saturday, Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m., a $50 ticket to the exclusive Red Carpet Party affords you an evening of food, fun and celebration of all things film, with musical guest Journey 2 Mars and delicious fare from Alabama Coastal Catering.
You can see from the following list how diverse the films are. Films that are also available for virtual Screening are noted; a visit to fairhopefilmfestival.org is the best way to plan your festival lineup and to buy tickets.
“The Donut King”: This documentary is a strong study of U.S. immigration via a biography of Ted Ngoy, inventor of the “pink” bakery boxes and his wife, Christy. Friday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m., Coastal Alabama Community College and virtual.
“Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time”: A recount of the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it. Friday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
“Lamb”: In this buzzed-about psychological drama, a childless couple, Maria and Ingvar, discover a mysterious newborn on their farm in Iceland. The unexpected prospect of family life brings them much joy before ultimately destroying them. Friday, Nov. 12, noon, Coastal Alabama Community College.
“Bergman Island”: A couple retreats to the island that inspired Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for an upcoming film when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur. Stars Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Vicky Krieps. Friday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
“Window to the Sea”: Faced with life-changing news, Maria, a 55-year-old woman, chooses to take a trip to Greece with her closest girlfriends against the advice of her son and doctors. Friday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m., Coastal Alabama Community College.
“Truman and Tennessee”: The work, lives and personal journeys of iconic American artists Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams coalesce with creative combustion in this innovative, dual-portrait documentary. Friday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus and Virtual.
“Helene”: A story of renowned Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck and the love affair between her and a younger art critic, Einar Reuter. Friday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., Coastal Alabama Community College and Virtual.
“Persian Lessons”: This is a most peculiar anomaly among tales of the Holocaust: It tells the story of a Belgian Jew who invented a language to survive World War II. A terrified prisoner agrees to teach Farsi — a language he does not know and is therefore obliged to make up — to an eager-to-learn Nazi transit camp commandant in a resourceful attempt to prolong his life. Friday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
Free Panel: “The Sounds of Genius: An Introduction to the History of Music in the Movies”: This is a brief overview of the composers who have made cinematic history by writing film scores for Hollywood motion pictures. Music is such an important part of filmmaking, and this lecture will touch on music that has been used in movies from the silent era all the way through the use of synthesizers, samplers and computers in scoring film in the 21st century. Leading the discussion is Dr. Jay Dean, executive director of the Hattiesburg Concert Association/FestivalSouth, and artistic director of Opera Mississippi and Natchez Festival of Music. Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Fairhope Public Library.
“God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya”: A Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground. Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m., Coastal Alabama Community College and Virtual.
“Hive”: This Sundance triple award winner is a searing drama based on a true story of the traumas suffered as a result of the war in Kosovo. Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
“Disinformed”: This fascinating doc studies the psychology behind conspiracy. Q&A with Director Charles Kriel immediately follows the documentary. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m., Fairhope Public Library.
“Escape From Extinction”: Narrated by Helen Mirren, this film includes rare footage of endangered animals and interviews with the world’s leading animal welfare specialists and conservation scientists working to protect animals from all seven of Earth’s continents and its mighty oceans, lakes and rivers. Saturday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
“RK/RKAY”: Writer/director Rajat Kapoor stars as both RK, a past-his-prime filmmaker, and Mahboob, a guileless refugee from a 1950s-style melodrama. RK and Mahboob have a few heart-to-hearts and teach each other how to live better … in theory, at least. Saturday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m., Coastal Alabama Community College and Virtual.
“Luzzu”: A man risks everything to provide for his wife and newborn son by entering Malta’s black-market fishing industry. Saturday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus and Virtual.
“The Humans”: Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, this film follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. Starring Beanie Feldstein and Richard Jenkins. Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
“Bread: An Everyday Miracle”: This doc takes us on an enlightening journey into the world of bread and its production today. We encounter small craft bakers as well as corporate CEOs whose professional work is our daily bread, and ask the question: How do you see the future of our bread? And what are we actually eating? Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m., Coastal Alabama Community College.
“Bill Traylor, Chasing Ghosts”: An inventive feature documentary capturing the vivid life of Bill Traylor who, in his late 80s and living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated Black neighborhood of Montgomery, produced a body of extraordinary art. Saturday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m., Fairhope Public Library.
“The Weasels’ Tale”: A comedy about a group of four old friends: a film director, a film writer, an actress and her husband, who share a big house in the country. Saturday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Coastal Alabama Community College and Virtual.
Drive-in Movie: “23 Walks”: A gentle, sweet, funny, romantic story of love in later life following a couple in their 60s, Dave and Fern, who get to know one another over the course of 23 dog walks. Plus, a carefully selected segment of short films and food from Wacked Out Weiner. One $30 ticket per car. Sunday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Oak Hollow Farms.
“Perfumes”: Anne Walberg is a celebrity in the perfume world who lives as a diva. Guillaume is her new driver and the only one who is not afraid to stand up to her. Sunday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., USA Fairhope Campus and Virtual.
“Granny Nanny”: A group of retirees wants to escape the boredom of their lives. They become god-grandparents to kids who need them. Sunday, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m., USA Fairhope Campus.
To purchase tickets ($15 per film), visit fairhopefilmfestival.org or call 251-202-9119.
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