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2011 Nashville Film Festival

2011 Nashville Film Festival

AUTUMN GOLD (2:45 p.m. April 17 & 5:30 p.m. April 18)

What: Five athletes train for a Finnish track-and-field championship.

Why: Oh — did we mention they're all between the ages of 80 and 100?

FAMBUL TOK (FAMILY TALK) (noon April 15 & 5 p.m. April 18)

What: Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's civil-war bloodshed come together to begin the process of reconciliation.

Why: A fascinating subject, reportedly handled with great sympathy by documentarian Sara Terry.

GOOD DAY FOR IT (8 p.m. April 18 & 12:30 p.m. April 19)

What: A man must decide whether to face his estranged family or confront the vicious thug who forced him to leave town 15 years earlier.

Why: Director Nick Stagliano's earlier indie drama The Florentine had some excellent acting, and the cast here promises no less: Robert Patrick, Hal Holbrook, Kathy Baker, Samantha Mathis, Robert Englund. Also, score by Matthew Ryan.

THE LAST CIRCUS (10 p.m. April 20)

What: Two psychotic clowns mount a loser-take-all war of depravity in Franco-era Spain.

Why: Because director Alex de la Iglesia — a former Almodovar protégé with a hilariously twisted filmography — is a major sicko talent deserving of a bigger U.S. following.

MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE (1 p.m. April 16 & 10 p.m. April 19)

What: Rita Chiarelli, the "Canadian Goddess of the Blues," performs behind bars with a band of inmates at Louisiana's notorious Angola Prison.

Why: A rare chance locally to see the work of Canadian director Bruce McDonald, whose recent features The Tracey Fragments and Pontypool never played Nashville and should have.

MUSICA CAMPESINA (COUNTRY MUSIC) (5 p.m. April 17)

What: A Chilean musician arrives to make his way in Music City.

Why: Alberto Fuguet, the Chilean writer, filmmaker and critic, directed this feature in Nashville during his stay as a Vanderbilt visiting professor; watch for Belcourt staffers James Cathcart and Elle Long.

THE NOTHING (5:45 p.m. April 14 & 3 p.m. April 15)

What: Five strangers find themselves in a remote barn and must figure out the terrifying secret they share.

Why: The Childs brothers — director Josh and star Jeremy — are familiar faces from Nashville theater, and they're surrounded by other accomplished stage actors, including Jeff Boyet and Shawn Whitsell.

PROJECT NIM (8 p.m. April 17 & 12:30 p.m. April 18)

What: A biography of the chimp raised as a human in the 1970s as part of a behavioral science experiment.

Why: Advance word is terrific, and director James Marsh's previous Man on Wire is one of our favorite documentaries of recent years.

TELSTAR (7:30 p.m. April 17 & 2:30 p.m. April 18)

What: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows actor Nick Moran directs a biopic of British pop madman Joe Meek (Con O'Neill), whose bizarre career ended in grisly crime.

Why: Meek's idiosyncratic tastes resulted in some of the strangest singles of all time — he famously rejected The Beatles but went hard for Screaming Lord Sutch — and his life story makes Phil Spector look like Vince Gill. Crazy cameo alert: Kevin Spacey!

TONTINE MASSACRE (10 p.m. April 17)

What: Survivor meets Lost as a reality show turns into a tropical bloodbath.

Why: Survivor meets Lost as a reality show turns into a tropical bloodbath. JIM RIDLEY

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