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Spearfish Arts Center is proud to present the 16th Annual Foreign Film Festival

8/31/2009
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Spearfish, S.D. -- Each year, 4 foreign films are shown at the Northern Hills Cinema. This year, the dates and films are:

-The Fall: Saturday, September 12th at 3pm and Sunday, September 13th at 7pm

-Everlasting Moments: Saturday, September 26th at 3 pm and Sunday, September 27th at 7pm

-Departures: Saturday, October 10th at 3pm and Sunday, October 11th at 7 pm 

- Edge of Heaven: Saturday, October 24th at 3 pm and Sunday, October 25th at 7 pm

         Subscriptions are good for four viewings of your choice (one per show or all for one show) and may be purchased for $25 each at the Spearfish Arts Center Gallery. Spearfish Arts Center retains 40% of all the money raised by selling subscriptions. All individual ticket sales made at the Northern Hills Cinema do not benefit Spearfish Arts Center. Please stop by for a subscription and help support the arts! For more information, call 642-7973.
         THE FALL, directed by Tarsem Singh, was produced in 28 Countries. Award-winning music video, commercial and film director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) creates a moving and seamless blending of mundane life in a 1915 Los Angeles hospital with a visually sumptuous fantasy world of exotic bandits, evil tyrants, dream-like palaces and breathtaking landscapes. Shot on location in 28 countries around the world, The Fall stars Golden Globe nominated actor Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, Infamous, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) and Justine Waddell (Mansfield Park, Chaos) and features a breakthrough performance by first-time Romanian child actress Catinca Untaru. The film lasts 117 minutes and is not rated.
         EVERLASTING MOMENTS, directed by Jan Troell, was produced in Sweden. Based on real-life events, the story opens at the start of the 20th century and centers around Finnish housewife Maria, who wins a camera in a lottery. The camera grants her the eyes to view the world, and empowers her over several decades to raise and nurture her family of six children and an alcoholic, womanizing and sometimes violent, although ultimately loving, husband. Troell does a magnificent job re-creating the time period, and while many of the film’s images are rather harsh and painful to take in, they are also fascinating and beautiful in their realism. Despite the bleak world the characters inhabit, the film is ultimately a moving affirmation of life’s beauty and the strength of the human spirit.   The film is In Swedish with English subtitles, lasts 131 minutes and is not rated.
         DEPARTURES, directed by Yojiro Takita, was produced in Japan. Departures follows Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and who is suddenly left without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled Departures thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures is a delightful journey into the heartland of Japan as well an astonishingly beautiful look at a sacred part of Japan's cultural heritage. The film is in Japanese, lasts 130 minutes and is rated PG-13.
         EDGE OF HEAVEN, directed by Fatih Akin, was produced in Germany and Turkey. Retired widower Ali sees a solution to his loneliness when he meets prostitute Yeter, and he proposes that his fellow Turkish native live with him in exchange for a low rent. The characters travel between Germany and Turkey and so travel through their own lives. Akın tells the story of love, distance, politics and life in calm pictures, unagitated and slow-paced. The emotional key to the film is death which is faced by each protagonist in a different way. Thus those initially uncommunicative people slowly begin to uncover themselves. The film is in German, Turkish and English, lasts 122 minutes and is not rated.
             More information about the Spearfish Arts Center can be found at www.spearfishartscenter.org or by calling (605) 642-7973.
 
The Mission of the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities is to promote the arts and humanities by providing quality programming and education while preserving the Matthews Opera House.
 
This non-profit organization includes the historic Matthews Opera House, The Gallery featuring a contemporary gallery of work from artists of the Black Hills, educational classes and sessions in the arts and humanities, and events including Festival in the Park and the Foreign Film Festival.
The Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities, known as Spearfish Arts Center, was created in 1997 by the merger of two community organizations to consolidate and strengthen the vision for the arts in the greater Black Hills. The former Spearfish Area Council on the Arts and Humanities was a long-standing organization dedicated to supporting and offering arts and humanities programs in Spearfish and the surrounding area. The Matthews Opera House society was created in 1989 for the purpose of renovating, restoring and modernizing the Matthews Opera House. The official merger of these two arts groups resulted in the current organization, Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities, which is a 501C(3) legal entity that manages Matthews Opera House and retains the ninety-five year lease that is effective until 2086. 
More information about the Spearfish Arts Center can be found at www.spearfishartscenter.org or by calling (605) 642-7973.
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