Arts & Entertainment

Battelle offers chance to see offbeat, foreign films

The Battelle Film Festival launches its 2009 Fall Film Festival on Sept. 11 with the French film The Class.

The 2008 PG-rated movie is a journey into a multicultural high school in Paris.

The Oscar-nominated foreign film is the first of 10 movies from various directors and countries, including the U.S., Japan, Sweden and France. The movies that are not in English carry subtitles.

All the movies start at 8 p.m. and are at the Battelle Auditorium, on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.

Season pass is $13. Individual tickets to each show are $3. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 375-6911 or go to

Here's a look at the entire schedule:

Sept. 25: Barry Lyndon is a United Kingdom PG-rated film from director Stanley Kubrick. The movie catalogs the rise and fall of a likable scoundrel, liar, cheat and social climber.

Oct. 9: HUD is a classic American film starring Paul Newman as the callous Hud who has an embittered relationship with his highly principled father. This unrated movie, which won three Academy Awards, would probably fall in the PG-13 category.

Oct. 23: Waltz with Bashir is an R-rated, mixed culture animated film by Israeli director Ari Folman. It follows a massacre that took place when Folman was in the Army during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

Nov. 6: The Burmese Harp is a PG-13 movie is about an imperial Japanese Army regiment that surrenders to British forces in Burma.

Nov. 20: Man on Wire documentary follows the story of what some have called "the artistic crime of the century." It's the tale of French daredevil Philippe Petit's illegal tightrope walk across a cable between the towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

Dec. 4: Still Walking is a Japanese drama that takes a look at a family that discovers the true meaning of the family dynamic and how it relates to them.

Dec. 18: Everlasting Moments is an unrated Swedish film about a housewife who wins a camera in a lottery.

Jan. 15: Bob Le Flambeur is a PG-rated French crime caper that follows a compulsive gambler who's rapidly running out of cash.

Jan. 29: Rue Du Tetrait is an unrated French film that deals with the ambiguous friendship of a businesswoman in her 40s and a 90-year-old woman.