Arts & Entertainment

Battelle Film Club series returns Aug. 26

The Battelle Film Club will feature two of legendary film actor Elizabeth Taylor's films in its fall film series, which kicks off Aug. 26 with The Station Agent.

"As a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, we have included two of her many films: A Place in the Sun and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," said Leela Sasaki, with the film club.

The movies will be shown back-to-back Oct. 7. The rest of the film series includes a mix of foreign and domestic movies. All the films except for Taylor's start at 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium, on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.

There are 11 films in the series; some are foreign with English subtitles. The movies are shown twice a month through Jan. 6.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 12 and younger. Series tickets are $15. Tickets are available at or call 375-5979.

Aug. 26: The Station Agent is an R-rated comedy/drama about a guy who withdraws from society after his only friend dies. He lives in solitude in an abandoned train station until his world is disrupted by the arrival of two strangers: One is a struggling artist coping with the recent death of her young son, and the other is a young man with a talent for cooking as well as an insatiable thirst for conversation.

Sept. 9: The Yacoubian Building is not rated. It's based on the novel by Alaa Al Aswany and is set in and around a Cairo apartment building in 1990 where the occupants with moral complications are disrupted by larger issues in contemporary Middle East society.

Sept. 23: Kwaidan is not rated. It's a Japanese film with subtitles and involves four nightmarish tales where terror thrives and demons lurk.

Oct. 7: A Place in the Sun at 7 p.m. and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at 9:30 p.m. Both films are not rated.

Oct. 21: Exit Through the Gift Shop is an R-rated English/French film with subtitles and earned an Academy Award nomination. It's the story of a French eccentric shopkeeper and an amateur filmmaker who attempt to locate and befriend a street artist only to have the artist turn the camera back on them.

Nov. 4: F For Fake (Verites et Mensonges) is a PG-rated documentary taken from Orson Welles's free-form documentary of the same name. In a nutshell, it's an inspired prank that examines the duplicity of cinema.

Nov. 18: Undertow (Contracorrientes) is not rated. It is subtitled in Spanish and takes place in a Peruvian fishing village where a young couple are expecting their first child, and when the husband's lover suddenly dies in a swimming accident he is forced to choose between saving face and doing what's right.

Dec. 2: Revenge (Revanche) is rated R and is an Austrian-made drama about a hardened ex-con who works in a brothel and falls for one of the girls. But as they make plans to escape, their journey takes a fall into the darkest forest of human nature where violence and beauty exist side-by-side.

Dec. 16: Happiness (Le Bonheur) is an unrated French drama with English subtitles. The provocative film about a good-natured girl and man who falls for her despite the fact that he's already married and a father.

Jan. 6: The Hedgehog (Le Herisson) is not rated and is a French comedy/ drama with subtitles. It's about an 11-year-old girl, disenchanted by life's hypocrisies, and plans to end her life on her next birthday. For the next 165 days until her birthday, she films the gilded Parisian apartment building where she lives, discovering that some of its inhabitants are not who she thought they were.