June at the West Virginia International Film Festival

By RealWV Staff,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia International Film Festival (WVIFF) is kicking off the summer with offerings of every cinematic flavor. From action and romance, to drama and suspense, there’s no better way to spend those warm June nights than with a great movie at the beautiful Floralee Hark Cohen Theatre, in the heart of downtown Charleston.

EVIL DOES NOT EXIST

DESCRIPTION: In the rural alpine hamlet of Mizubiki, not far from Tokyo, Takumi and his daughter, Hana, lead a modest life gathering water, wood, and wild wasabi for the local udon restaurant. Increasingly, the townsfolk become aware of a talent agency’s plan to build an opulent glamping site nearby, offering city residents a comfortable “escape” to the snowy wilderness. When two company representatives arrive and ask for local guidance, Takumi becomes conflicted in his involvement, as it becomes clear that the project will have a pernicious impact on the community. As sinister gunshots echo from the forest, both the locals and representatives confront their life choices and the haunting consequences they have.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow up to his Academy Award®-winning DRIVE MY CAR is a foreboding fable on humanity’s mysterious, mystical relationship with nature.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“This haunting stealth thriller about violations of nature is a work of undeniable power.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A brilliant piece of work… A constantly surprising, intellectually agile film.” – Stephanie Bunbury, Deadline

“A gorgeous eco-fable that ends with a mythical mic drop.” – Phil de Semlyen, Time Out

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, and starring Ayaka Shibutani, Hazuki Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Miura, Ryo Nishikawa, and Ryuji Kosaka, “Evil Does Not Exist” is the Grand Jury Prize winner of the Venice Film Festival.

“Evil Does Not Exist” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 5:p.m. Saturdays through June.

LOVE LIES BLEEDING

DESCRIPTION: From Director Rose Glass comes an electric new love story; reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.  

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“British film-maker Rose Glass lets rip with some pure roid-rage cinema in this uproarious, horribly violent and lethally smart noir thriller sited in the Venn diagram overlap between bodybuilding, murder and sex.” – Peter Bradshaw Guardian

“Visceral and heady, this is a blood-soaked, all-American fable that’s as if Thelma And Louise literally went on steroids. Rose Glass is a force to be reckoned with.” – Laura Venning Empire Magazine

“Funny, shocking, and emotionally intoxicating at an almost primordial level, this chaotic love story is an imaginative blast of character-driven nitroglycerin and is guaranteed to be one of the year’s best.” – Sara Michelle Fetters MovieFreak.com

Directed by Rose Glass, and starring Dave Franco, Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Katy O’Brian, and Kristen Stewart, “Love Lies Bleeding” was written by Rose Glass and Weronika Tofilska.

“Love Lies Bleeding” will screen at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays through June.

NOWHERE SPECIAL

DESCRIPTION: When single father John (James Norton) is given only a few months left to live, he tries to find the perfect family for his young son while shielding the boy from the terrible reality of the situation. As he struggles to find the right answer for the impossible task, he meets a social worker who opens him up to solutions he never would have considered.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“Norton is spectacular, but little Lamont delivers one of those uncanny performances that doesn’t seem like acting, and makes you feel for the kid almost as much as his onscreen parent does.” – Glenn Kenny New York Times

“Uberto Pasolini’s intimate family drama trains a pleasingly unsentimental lens on a heart-wrenching scenario.” – David Rooney Hollywood Reporter

“Norton shows his depths here with a finely judged turn, bouncing between anger, frustration, affection and despair. It’s a strong film all around, poised and more delicately emotional than the subject might suggest.”
– Paul Byrnes Sydney Morning Herald

Directed by Uberto Pasolini, and starring Daniel Lamont, Eileen O’Higgins, James Norton, Stella McCusker, and Valerie O’Connor, “Nowhere Special” was written by Uberto Pasolini.

“Nowhere Special” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through June.

Beyond The Back Row

WVIFF is proud to present “Beyond the Back Row,” a film series showcasing weird, offbeat, and obscure films that would feel right at home in a grindhouse theater on 42nd Street during the 1970’s. Join us as we explore daring, no holds barred films that aren’t afraid to shock, titillate, and provoke… beyond the back row.

This month The WVIFF is proudly presenting SHOWGIRLS!

DESCRIPTION: Nomi Malone will be a star. She knows it. The problem is, no one else does…yet. Fresh to Las Vegas and with no connections, Nomi takes a job as an exotic dancer at a club named Cheetahs. Showing impressive abilities, her talents are quickly noticed by Stardust Casino headlining dancer, Cristal who senses an opportunity to bolster her own act. But Nomi won’t play second fiddle and soon begins her venomous path to the top, ruthlessly backstabbing anyone who gets in her way…however karma has a funny way of catching up as Nomi learns that being a Vegas showgirl has a harder and more brutal edge than she’d ever have imagined…

One of the most controversial, acclaimed, and iconic films directed by the legendary Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, RoboCop), SHOWGIRLS is a glittering, shocking, tragic, funny, weird, gross, sexy, and staggeringly beautiful epic of what it takes to triumph in show business. Written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct, Sliver) and starring Elizabeth Berkley (TV’s Saved By the Bell), Kyle MacLachlan (Blue Velvet), Gina Gershon (Bound), Robert Davi (Die Hard), and Rena Riffel (Mulholland Drive), SHOWGIRLS is feast for the senses from beginning to end!

“Showgirls” will screen on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about the West Virginia International Film Festival, visit wviff.org.

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