Monday, March 19, 2007

Memphis International Film Fest

The Memphis International Film Festival opens Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The festival showcase some 60 films from 13 countries with more than 40 filmmakers, cast and crew members scheduled to attend. Included are narrative features, documentaries, shorts, experimental films and music videos, including four in the "International Masters Series": Claude Chabrol's "The Flower of Evil," Tsai Ming-liang's "Goodbye, Dragon Inn," Pedro Almodovar's "All About My Mother," and "The Devil's Backbone," from Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth").

The event is organized by the Memphis Film Forum, a not-for-profit "dedicated to the promotion of education, economic development and cultural diversity through the cinema arts."

Read the CA's John Beifuss on "Oh, Mr. Faulkner," the opening-night selection for the 8th annual MIFF.

Tickets to the opening night's events are $10. It includes the 7:30 p.m. screening of "Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?" at Malco's Paradiso and an after-party at Dan McGuinness East, 4698 Spottswood.

Remaining screenings are at Malco's Studio on the Square, beginning as early as 10 a.m. and as late as midnight. Tickets to individual programs are $6 for matinees and $8 in the evening.

Isaac Hayes is scheduled to appear at a tribute to his career as a film actor and scorer at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Studio. Tickets are $10.

VIP passes good for all events are $35 each, or $30 if bought in advance. Student passes are $15 each.

Passes and advance tickets are available at

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