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January 15, 2010

Kimball Theatre hosts three film festivals in January, February

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre hosts three film festivals in January and February. The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square, the College of William and Mary’s Tournees Festival and Global Film Festival bring world culture to Williamsburg through film.

The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival continues with “Villa Jasmin” and “Lemon Tree.”

Jan. 30-31

  • “Villa Jasmin,” 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. A compelling double love story about a French-Tunisian Jewish family, this film explores an exotic Jewish culture marred by the impact of the Vichy Government under German Occupation in the 1940s. French and Arabic with subtitles. Not rated.
    Jan. Feb. 27 -28
  • “Lemon Tree,” 5 and 7 p.m., Feb. 27 and 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Feb. 28. A Palestinian widow earns her living tending to her late father’s lemon grove, when an Israeli government minister moves next door and declares the grove a potential security threat. Personal drama gives way to political controversy when an unexpected bond develops between the widow and the minister’s wife. Arabic/Hebrew/French/English with subtitles. Not rated.

    The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square concludes on March 27-28 with the film, “Strangers.”

    Movie admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. Movie vouchers are not valid for festival screenings.

    The William and Mary French and Francophone Studies Program presents the Tournees Festival. A wine-and-cheese reception kicks off the event at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29.

    Jan. 29

  • “La Moustache (The Moustache),” 7 p.m. A successful architect impulsively shaves off the moustache he’s worn his entire adult life. When no one notices, he thinks he is being tricked by an elaborate group plot. French with subtitles. Not rated.

    Feb. 5

  • “Roman de Gare,” 7 p.m. The mysterious disappearance of a university professor coincides with the prison escape of a notorious serial killer known as the Magician. French with subtitles. Rated: R.

    Feb. 12

  • “Daratt,” 7 p.m. When the long and devastating civil war in Chad ends, survivors are hoping that justice will be served against those who were involved in the genocide. Arabic and French with subtitles. Not rated.

    Feb. 19

  • “La Mome (La Vie en Rose),” 7 p.m. Marion Cotillard portrays the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.

    Feb. 26

  • “Les Plages d’Agnes (The Beaches of Agnes),” 7 p.m. On the eve of her 80th birthday, Agnes Varda, often referred to as “the godmother of the French New Wave,” decided to make the autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnes,” guiding us through her extraordinary 55-year career. French with subtitles. Not rated.

    The screenings are free but tickets are required.

    The College of William and Mary’s Global Film Festival will take place Feb. 18-21 at the Kimball Theatre and is an annual, non-profit cultural event that brings “world cultures to Williamsburg through film.” The theme for the 2010 festival is “Film and Music” – two of the most popular and powerful forms of expression worldwide. This year’s festival will feature film screenings, presentations, guest filmmakers, musicians, musical performances, free banquets and receptions throughout the weekend. Highlights of the event include:

    Feb. 18

  • 5:30 p.m.: “Worlds of Music in Williamsburg” Community Documentary Project. Student-produced documentary features some of the world music traditions alive locally.
  • 8 p.m.: Performance/Film: “Zikaryat,” Egyptian music and dance group interpreting 1950’s Egyptian musicals on screen. Led by Visiting Scholar/Musician in Residence Sami Abu Sumays and co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Faculty Initiative.
  • 10 p.m.: Late-night Bollywood Film and Dance in cooperation with William and Mary’s Southeast Asian Student Association – “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” (“A Match Made by God”) (Aditya Chopra, 2008) (India). Not rated.

    Feb. 19

  • 3 p.m.: NiCad Music Video and 24Speed Student Filmmaking Contests Presentations and Awards Ceremony. See the work of student filmmakers, entries in the contest to generate an official music video for the global alternative rock group, NiCad, and the annual 24 speed student filmmaking contest entries.
  • 10 p.m.: Global Cult Film and Music. Co-sponsored by Alma Mater Productions.

    Feb. 20

  • 1:30 p.m.: Animated Film Origins, Music Made Today for the whole family. Live accompaniment composed and performed by Dreamland Faces.
    “Le Lion Devenu Vieus” (“The Lion Becomes Old”) (Wladyslaw Starewicz, 1932) (France)
    “Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed” (“The Adventures of Prince Achmed”) (Lotte Reiniger, 1926) (Germany) TV rating: G.
    A Surprise Cartoon First with audience kazoo participation (free kazoos for everyone!)
  • 5 p.m.: Filmmakers/Musicians Round Table.
  • 7 p.m.: Cuba, Iran, and Global Film and Music Today.
    “Oda a la pina” (“Ode to the Pineapple”) (Laimir Fano, 2009) (Cuba) Not rated. Presented by the director Laimir Fano.
    “Kasi az gorbehaye irani Khabar nadareh” (“Nobody Knows About Persian Cats”) (Bahman Ghobadi, 2009) (Iran) Not rated.
  • 9:30 p.m.: The Sights and Sounds of Coming Home: Sigur Ros’s Icelandic Tour on Film. “Heima” (Dean Deblois, 2007) (Iceland) Not rated. Co-sponsored by Alma Mater Productions.

    Feb. 21

  • 12:30 p.m.: Ozu & Capra: Silent Film Origins, Music Made Today II. “Tokyo No Gassho” (“Tokyo Chorus”) (Yasujiro Ozu, 1931) (Japan) Film introduced by professor Hiroshi Kitamura, History and Film Studies. Not rated. Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Initiative.
  • 3 p.m.: “Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony” (Lee Hirsch, 2002) (South Africa/USA). Rated: PG-13. Presented by professor Rob Vinson, African History. Co-sponsored by Africana Studies.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Live Performance: The Blind Boys of Alabama featured in “Soundtrack for a Revolution.” Co-sponsored by Alma Mater Productions and the Office of Student Diversity.

    The events are free but individual event tickets are required.

    Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts, and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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