8/30/2013 3:13:00 PM Festival presents 'Unfinished Song' and 'The Attack' Sept. 7-14 Award-winning new independent films premiere at Mary D. Fisher Theatre
“Unfinished Song” is a feel-good, heartwarming story about how music can inspire you. A frequently hilarious and ultimately uplifting, inspirational comedy-drama, the film stars Academy Award-nominee Terence Stamp and Academy Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave.
“The Attack” is adapted from Yasmina Khadra’s international bestseller of the same name. Originally published in 2005, the novel has been translated into more than 40 languages and has won numerous awards worldwide.
The Sedona International Film Festival will present the Northern Arizona premieres of "Unfinished Song" and "The Attack" showing Sept. 7-14 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
"Unfinished Song" is a feel-good, heartwarming story about how music can inspire you.
The film stars Academy Award-nominee Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can't understand why his wife Marion (Academy Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unconventional local choir.
But choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) sees something special in the reluctant Arthur and refuses to give up on him. As she coaxes him out of his shell, Arthur realizes that it is never too late to change and, aged 70, Arthur finally dares to unlock his emotions and reach out to his estranged son, James (Christopher Eccleston).
"It's a very personal story for me," says writer/director Paul Andrew Williams, who drew on his own family experience to create "Unfinished Song". "It's basically about a man finding himself," Williams added. "Whatever age you are, something can change you dramatically."
A frequently hilarious and ultimately uplifting, inspirational comedy-drama, "Unfinished Song" doesn't wallow in misery. "Some people have this idea that old people just sit at home," says Williams. "They actually do have fun, they do get together and they do talk about sex. I wanted to make sure that people see that actually older people do have a good laugh." Because of that, "Unfinished Song" is a film that everyone can identify with. The majority of people have a parent or grandparent, so the story touches a universal chord.
"Unfinished Song" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sept. 7-13. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7; 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8; 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 10 and 11; and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13.
Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible.
Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous places and situations. Determined, he presses on seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking.
"The Attack" is adapted from Yasmina Khadra's international bestseller of the same name. Originally published in 2005, the novel has been translated into more than 40 languages and has won numerous awards worldwide.
"The Attack" will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sept. 10-14. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10; 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13; and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177.
Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.