Scottsdale International Film Festival is gearing up for its 12th annual showcase of independent films October 5 through 9 at Harkins Shea 14 Theater.
The five-day-long event should provide moviegoers their fill with more than 35 films from the US, Denmark and Chile, among other countries.
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The festival organizers have created "festival genius" to help you find and schedule whatever films most appeal to you and we have posted of few highlights from the upcoming event as well.
3. "The Eye of the Storm"
This Australian film is opening up this year's festival and making its Phoenix premiere. Eye of the Storm was the recipient of best screenplay and best supporting actress in a lead role at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
American filmmaker Patrick Wang received plenty of buzz from "In the Family," his directorial debut, being awarded San Diego Asian Film Festival's "George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award/Jury Award" for Best Narrative Feature.
The film focuses on child custody, "two-Dad" families, parental loss, interracial relations, and the human side of the law.
1. "Juan in a Million"
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The Chilean film "Juan in a Million" is about a young man applying to study an entire year at Harvard. On a December morning, before summer vacation, Juan goes to his university to deliver his final application forms. He returns home to rest before a legendary night of partying, and is looking forward to an awesome summer. When he wakes up, Juan discovers that the entire city is abandoned and that he is left behind. Juan begins searching―where did all the people go? And most important―why was he left behind?
Trailers, tickets and a complete schedule of showtimes for all of the films are available on the Scottsdale International Film Festival's website.