Five Things You DON'T Want to Miss at the Virginia Film Festival | UVA Student Council

Guest post from Student Arts celebrity member Stephanie LeBolt (who is also the Festival’s Outreach Intern):

As the Virginia Film Festival prepares to celebrate its 24th anniversary this
November 3rd -6th, it welcomes more high profile artists, speakers and movies than
ever before. With a unique combination of premieres, documentaries, sidebars, and
award winning foreign films, it is definitely a weekend you don’t want to miss!

Housed in UVA’s College of Arts and Sciences, current students have the exciting
opportunity to get tickets, for FREE! Tickets can be redeemed by visiting the UVA
Arts Box Office (, clicking “Free U.Va.
Student Tickets” in the upper right hand corner, selecting “Virginia Film Festival”
in the drop down menu of the Calendar, and choosing between the offerings for the
first weekend of November. It’s that simple.

As a current student intern for the Festival, students with questions of what to see
often approach me. With over 100 films, there is unfortunately no way to see all
of these exciting titles. But below I’ll give you all a sneak preview into some of the
lesser known, but nonetheless brilliant, films coming to the Festival this year.

1) Natural Selection
Saturday 6:00 PM at Culbreth Theatre
This film stars Rachael Harris (the crazy fiancé from The Hangover!) in
an offbeat comedy, where Harris searches to find her husband’s long lost
son. After winning the Audience and Grand Jury awards at the SXSW film
festival, this is definitely not one to miss. Director Robbie Pickering and
star Rachael Harris will lead a discussion following the showing.
2) The Artist
Sunday 4:45 PM at The Paramount Theatre
This new, silent, black and white film is guaranteed to blow your socks
off! It centers on George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent film superstar,
and Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), an up-and-coming film star. The two
battle to “make it” in the talkies during the 1920s and 30s. Dujardin won
Best Actor for this role at the Cannes Film Festival.
3) Local Food Movies
For any environmentalists, conversationalists, or anyone interested in the
local food movement, Farmageddon is your movie.
Saturday 3:00 PM, Culbreth Theatre.
This film explores how Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods
is under attack. Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food
for her children turns into an expose of government policies that favor
agribusiness and factory farms over small family operations. A discussion
will follow with Joel Salatin (Polyface Farm) and Paul Freedman (U.Va).
Other local food titles include: Growing Up Cason, and Cafeteria Man.
4) National Film Registry Series
Turner Classic Movies and the Library of Congress celebrate the National
Film Registry by presenting a series of five movies deemed historically
and culturally significant. Audiences have the rare opportunity to see
these films in carefully restored 35 mm prints! They include:
National Velvet
Saturday 10:30 AM, The Paramount Theatre
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Saturday 1:45 PM, The Paramount Theatre
Saturday 5:00 PM, The Paramount Theatre
With special guests Sissy Spacek, Jack Fisk and Ben Mankiewicz
The General
Sunday 11:00 AM, The Paramount Theatre
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Sunday 1:45 PM, The Paramount Theatre
5) International Films
There are several outstanding international films coming to the Festival
this year, including:
Sunday 1:30 PM, Regal 4 Downtown Mall; Canada
Set in the remote Canadian countryside, this film focuses on the
private life of single father Jean-Francois Sauvageau (Emmanuel
Bilodeau) and his struggle to raise his daughter (Philoméne Bilodeau).

Sunday 3:45 PM, Vinegar Hill; Germany
From the director of Run, Lola, Run comes a romantic drama with a
nod to classic Hollywood screwball comedies. Hanna and Simon, a
middle-aged married couple, both fall in love with Adam, a younger
man. Directed by Tom Tykwer.

The Turin Horse
Sunday 4:00 PM, Regal 4 Downtown Mall; Hungary
A black and white allegorical film describing the final days of
philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. This film takes a look at what
happened to the famous Turin Horse after Nietzsche’s famous
encounter. It has already been selected as Hungary’s entry for the
2012 Academy Awards.

King of Devil’s Island
Friday 10:30 PM, Regal 4 Downtown Mall; Norway

The true story of the Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in
Norway, this film is a tale of overcoming defeat and harsh conditions.
Rumored seventeen-year-old murderer Erling leads his comrades in
a rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the
Norwegian Army.
When in your life are you ever going to have access to so many FREE arts events
again? This is your chance! Don’t miss out; tickets are on sale today.