As summer winds down, the Battelle Film Club is gearing up for its fall season of foreign and domestic film showings.
Thirteen films will be featured at this year's festival, including documentaries, science fiction, adventure, fantasy, crime, romantic dramas, horror, dramas and mysteries, including the Academy Award-winning foreign film A Separation.
Matthew Melnicki, president of the Battelle Film Club, said the mix will appeal to a wide range of ages as well as film buffs.
"Personally, I don't like fantasy/thrill/horror films, but I couldn't be more excited that we're going to show Troll Hunter," he said. "The teenagers will especially love this. It puts the Blair Witch Project to shame."
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Troll Hunter, which will be shown Oct. 26, is a Norwegian film rated PG-13. The story revolves around a government that tries to tell its residents that bears are what are wreaking havoc in the area's mountains and forests. But three college kids don't believe it and decide to investigate armed with a video camera. They soon discover a hunter in the woods, and he isn't looking for bears. He's hunting for trolls.
Melnicki also says Wind Journeys, showing Nov. 16, is worth viewing and will be "very satisfying to foreigners from Latin American."
"The music is great with authentic Colombian troubadours, plus the photography is stunning," he said.
Wind Journeys is a Spanish drama that is not rated. It follows a traveling musician through most of his life as he plays his accordion for anyone who will listen. Along the way, he struggles with hardships and almost gives up his music after his wife dies. He decides to find the man who taught him to play years before and return the accordion to him.
Another film Melnicki said may draw interest to film buffs is Melancholia, which airs Dec. 22 and is a science-fiction drama that stars Kirsten Dunst. It's rated R and centers around a futuristic wedding at a country estate that is overshadowed by news that Earth is being threatened by a collision with planet Melancholia.
"Melancholia is likely to be controversial," Melnicki said. "People either love it or they hate it."
The film festival's showing of the documentary Into Eternity, showing Oct. 18, is expected to draw a large crowd, Melnicki said, because of its relevance to Hanford and the ongoing concerns about nuclear waste.
"Most noteworthy is that we are going to precede Into Eternity with the Richland premiere of Atomic City, which was made two years ago about the atomic iconography and ethos of Richland," he said. "It was shot by French photojournalist Michael Patault."
Here's the a look at the season lineup:
-- Aug. 24: Moon, rated R, is a sci-fi English film about an astronaut living on the far side of the moon. He's about to head home to Earth after his three-year mission, when strange things start to happen that challenge his isolation, resolve and sanity.
-- Sept. 7: Family Portrait in Black and White, a Ukrainian documentary that is not rated, it follows the life of Olga Nenya, who raises 16 black orphans in a population of Slavic, blue-eyed blonds. As a single mother, she fights to keep her family together and give each child strength and support.
-- Sept. 21: A Screaming Man, an unrated French/Arabic drama, is about a former swimming champion who loses his job as a pool attendant at hotel and becomes resentful and socially humiliated.
-- Oct. 5: Nostalgia For the Light, an unrated Spanish/English documentary, is about a group of women who search for body parts of their loved ones who were dumped unceremoniously by Augusto Pinochet, the commander of the Chilean army.
-- Oct. 18: Into Eternity
-- Oct. 26: Troll Hunter
-- Nov. 2: A Prophet is an R-rated French/Arabic/Corsican crime drama about a 19-year-old French-Algerian punk who ends up in prison. There, he's given an ultimatum by the Corsican mafia, who tell him he must carry out a hit on a fellow prisoner or be killed. He ends up an errand boy for the prison mafia, quietly observing, biding his time while secretly devising his own plans.
-- Nov. 16: Valley of Saints is an unrated English/Kashmiri political/romance drama about a working-class boatman who plans to leave his village until he befriends a young woman who comes to town to research the local lake.
-- Nov. 30: Incendies is an R-rated French/Arabic/English mystery about twins who make a life-altering discovery following the death of their mother. They find out that their father is still alive and they also have a brother, so the twins travel to the Middle East to unravel the mystery of their past.
-- Dec. 14: Wind Journeys
-- Dec. 22: Melancholia
-- Jan. 4: The Phantom Carriage is a Swedish unrated fantasy/horror silent film from the 1920s about the last person to die on New Year's Eve before the stroke of midnight when the Angel of Death arrives in his carriage to collect fresh souls. The abusive alcoholic, David Holm, pushed away everyone who ever tried to help him, but on this fateful night he will have to choose between his doom or salvation.
-- Jan. 18: A Separation is a Persian drama rated PG-13 about a middle class couple from Tehran who argue about living abroad. The wife wants to live elsewhere to provide better opportunities for their only daughter. The husband refuses to leave because he feels responsible for taking care of his father who suffers from Alzheimer's. Divorce seems inevitable until the husband learns some disturbing facts about the person taking care of his father.
A season pass to the film festival is $24. Individual admission to each movie is $4 for adults, $2 for children. Tickets and more information about the films are available at www.tricityfilmclub.org or by calling 375-5979. Tickets also are available at the door.
* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org