JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, a documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old, is one of the films screening this weekend as part of the West Virginia International film festival.
The festival kicks off Thursday night at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street with a screening of the documentary Papers, the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 in America without legal status.
Other films on the lineup include the much talked-about drama THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore,and Mark Ruffalo. Written & directed by Lisa Cholodenko,the film tells the story of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life.
Other films on the lineup include:
I AM LOVE
(Italian, Russian and English with English subtitles)
A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.Drama, 2010, Italy, 129 m. R for sexuality and nudity
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Oscar winner for “Michael Clayton”
SECRETS OF THE VALLEY
Prehistory of the Kanawha
Documentary, 2010, USA, 28 m. Not Rated
Narrated by Morgan Spurlock
Produced & Directed by Daniel Boyd, Bob Maslowski & Erika Celeste
Music by Chuck Biel
Spun of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend of the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party… while he was still alive.
Comic Mystery, 2010, USA / Germany / Poland, 103 m. PG-13 for some thematic material and brief violent content
Directed by Aaron Schneider
Starring: Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO
(Swedish and English with English subtitles)
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for a woman who has been missing — or dead — for forty years. The first film in the Millennium trilogy.
Crime Mystery Thriller, 2010, Sweden / Denmark / Germany / Norway, 152 m. R for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
From the novel by Steig Larsson
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace