TUNKHANNOCK- From comedies, to dramas and documentaries, this year’s Spring Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater, set for April 5 through 18, promises to be as diverse as the guests in attendance.
“If you’ve never been to a film festival before, you’re in for a great surprise,” said Jennifer Jenkins, executive director. “You can travel around the world—France, Italy, Germany, Norway—and see royalty, refugees and rock stars, all without leaving the Dietrich Theater.”
Jenkins said moviegoers often leave with many thought-provoking ideas, and even new friends.
“We love the film festivals at the Dietrich for the way they bring all kinds of diverse people together,” she said. “Especially during our Opening Night Gala, movie goers find themselves discussing movies with people they’ve never met.”
The Opening Night Gala April 5 will feature two films: “Quartet” and “Hyde Park on the Hudson.” The night will begin with hors d’oeuvres by Twigs Restaurant, Epicurean Delight and Be Life Café and Marketplace and wine by Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery. Then comes the choice of first movie, followed by dessert by Epicurean Delight. The second movie will bring the evening to an end.
The festival includes a total of 15 foreign and independent films, many of which Jenkins said are about music.
“We have ‘Quartet,’ about a group of retired musicians who are shaken up when a new diva arrives,” she said. “We have ‘Amour’, which features a married couple of former music teachers in their 80s trying to cope with life when one has a stroke - and this was the Academy Award winner for best foreign film. Also showing this festival is the Oscar winner for best documentary, ‘Searching for Sugar Man,’ about a very talented musician, toiling in obscurity in Detroit, who has no idea he’s bigger than Elvis in South Africa. And we also have ‘A Late Quartet,’ about musicians dealing with the imminent collapse of their group on their 25th anniversary when their cellist discovers he’s in the first stages of Parkinson’s disease.”
Matinees, in addition to evening showings, will be held every day of the festival at 2 p.m. Film festival tickets excluding opening night are $8 for matinee shows before 6 p.m. and $9 for evening shows after 6 p.m. Opening Night Gala tickets are $35 and reservations are required by calling the theater at 570.996.1500.
“A Royal Affair”
Show times: April 7 at 12 a.m., April 9 at 4:30 p.m. and April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The true story of a man who wins his queen and starts a revolution.
Showtimes: April 5 (Opening Night Gala – reservations required), April 7 at 4:30 p.m., April 11 at 5 p.m., April 13 at 7 p.m., April 14 at 2:15 p.m. and April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
In Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, starring Maggie Smith, an opera company filled with retired performers reunites.
Showtimes: April 6 at 7 p.m., April 9 at 7:30 p.m., April 11 at 7:30 p.m., April 14 at 12 p.m. and April 18 at 4 p.m.
An octogenarian couple find their love put to the test when one suffers a stroke and the other must assume the role of the caretaker.
“A Late Quartet”
Showtimes: April 6 at 4:45 p.m., April 8 at 7:45 p.m. and April 13 at 2:15 p.m.
When the cellist of a world-renowned string quartet can no longer perform to demanding standards, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance.
“Hyde Park on Hudson”
Showtimes: April 5 (Opening Night Gala –reservations required), April 7 at 2:30 p.m., April 10 at 4:30, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Bill Murray portrays Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Laura Linney portrays a distant cousin, working as a personal assistant, who has an affair with the president.
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Showtimes: April 12 2 p.m. and April 17 at 7 p.m.
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez had the kind of musical career that every aspiring rock star fears.
“The House I Live In”
Showtime: April 8 at 5:30 p.m.
By examining just where the War on Drugs all went wrong, the movie reveals that a solution is possible if we can see past decades of paranoia and propaganda.
Showtimes: April 6 at 2:15 p.m., April 10 at 7 p.m., April 13 at 9:15 p.m. and April 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Naomi Watts plays a mother in a British family on holiday when a tsunami devastates the area.
“Happy People: A Year in the Taiga”
Showtimes: April 11 at 2 p.m., April 15 at 2 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m.
The film takes viewers on a journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes in the Siberian Taiga.
Showtimes: April 6 at 9:30 p.m., April 12 at 9:30 p.m., April 14 at 4:30 p.m. and April 18 at 12 p.m.
This historical drama brings to life the American occupation of Japan just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender.
“Rust and Bone”
Showtimes: April 9 at 2 p.m., April 15 at 4 p.m.
A single father helps a whale trainer recover her will to live.
Showtimes: April 8 at 2 p.m., April 13 at 4 p.m. and April 16 at 2 p.m.
A Berlin doctor is banished to an East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa.
Showtimes: April 6 at 12 p.m., April 12 at 4:30 p.m. and April 17 at 2:15 p.m.
Five German children undertake a journey that exposes them to the reality of their parents’ actions.
Showtimes: April 10 at 2:15 p.m., April 14 at 7 p.m. and April 17 at 12 p.m.,
A darkly comic look at a working man whose obsession with being a contestant on “Big Brother” leads him down a rabbit hole.
Showtimes: April 7 at 7 p.m., April 10 at 12 p.m., April 13 at 12 p.m. and April 16 at 5:30 p.m.
A heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver hope to a fragile planet.