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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.


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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