Fresno Film Festival returns to Tower Theater

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Fresno Film Festival returns to Tower Theater

The CineCulture film series continues this weekend with the 2017 Fresno Film Festival Nov. 10 through 12 at the historic Tower Theater.

Presented by Fresno Filmworks, the festival features eight exclusive, feature-length movies from nine countries, and it includes special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings and discussions.

Friday, Nov. 10

  • 7 p.m. — “Django” — Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt must escape from German-occupied Paris in 1943 in this French biographical drama. Opening night champagne reception to follow.

Saturday, Nov. 11

  • Noon — “The Force” — This documentary follows the Oakland Police Department as it faces increasing public scrutiny and internal scandal.
  • 2:30 p.m. — “The Divine Order” — An unassuming young housewife is suddenly thrust into the center of the cultural movement for women’s suffrage in 1970s Switzerland.
  • 5:30 p.m. — “In Syria” — Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass plays a mother of three whose family comes under siege in war-torn Damascus.
  • 8 p.m. — “I Dream in Another Language” — The preservation of a dying language indigenous to Mexico lies in the hands of two sworn enemies who refuse to speak to each other.

Sunday, Nov. 12

  • Noon — “Our Time Will Come” — A primary school teacher in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong is pulled into a mission to save Chinese novelist Mao Dun during World War II.
  • 3:30 p.m. — “Unleashed” — A woman unknowingly starts dating her pets when they mysteriously turn into grown men. Featuring a Q&A with director Finn Taylor.
  • 7 p.m. — “The Women’s Balcony” — When the women’s balcony breaks, the women of a synagogue in Jerusalem humorously band together to fight for their rights and traditions.

Tickets for individual programs cost $10 general and $8 for students and seniors; festival passes cost $50. Tickets and passes can be purchased online and at the Tower Theatre box office (815 E. Olive Ave.).

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Husain, professor and club adviser, at mhusain@csufresno.edu or visit the CineCulture website.