MEET THE PATELS

The 10th Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival will take place this year September 8 to 13, 2015.  There are two “pre-festival events” again this year. First, on Tuesday, September 8, is THE SALT OF THE EARTH, the Oscar-nominated documentary by director Wim Wenders, about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, and on Wednesday, September 9, is AMY, the biopic about pop/jazz/blues artist Amy Winehouse.

The official Opening Night kicks off with MEET THE PATELS (pictured above), the documentary by the brother-sister team of Geeta and Ravi Patel which plays like a comedy, and traces the misadventures of 30-year-old Ravi Patel as his parents, desperate to see him married, escort him back to India to find a proper bride. Closing night is the Italian comedy BUONI A NULLA (GOOD FOR NOTHING).

The festival’s lineup includes dozens of films, documentaries, dramas and comedies, including the acclaimed family drama ABERDEEN, from Hong Kong and a quirky Swedish film, THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED. Director Genevieve Bailey interviewed eleven-year-old girls from many countries and all walks of life for I AM ELEVEN.

From France there is UNE NOUVELLE AMIE (THE NEW GIRLFRIEND), and from Israel the comedy ZERO MOTIVATION. Dramas and documentaries from Mexico, Norway, Australia, the USA and Caribbean round out the features program.

Saturday, short films are the focus, with two popular forums returning. In the afternoon, animator Signe Baumane, presents a curated collection of short animations from around the globe and in the evening is the juried International Shorts film competition.

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