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MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

'The English Teacher'
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What: 11th annual Fall Film Festival

When: Friday through Oct. 3

Where: Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock

More info: 570-996-1500

Tickets: $8 matinees; $9 evenings

Opening-night gala: ‘The Way Way Back’ and ‘Blue Jasmine’ will be shown and refreshments will be served. Gala tickets are $35 and were moving fast last time we checked.

Post-festival film discussion: 1 p.m. Oct. 4 with Hildy Morgan and Bill Chapla. No reservations needed. Free.

Visit Tunkhannock during the next two weeks and you can meet …

A young Israeli woman trying to decide whether to marry the widower of her deceased sister.

A Danish man shunned by a community that believes he behaved inappropriately with a child.

A Jane Austen fanatic who visits a theme park devoted to her favorite author.

A surgeon horrified by the accusation that his late wife was a suicide bomber.

Oh yes, and an English teacher from “Kingston” who is extremely moved by the script a former student has written.

Before you shake your head and say you already know plenty of prose-and-poetry educators who live in Kingston, please note “The English Teacher,” starring Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane, is one of 19 films to be shown during the 14 days of the 11th annual Fall Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater.

Writer Dan Chariton just happened to place that story in Kingston, neighbor to his native Wilkes-Barre, and it joins such far-flung Film Festival settings as the Indian Ocean (“A Hijacking”), the French Riviera circa 1915 (“Renoir”) and the underwater world of killer whales (“Blackfish”).

“I love this festival,” said film buff Hildy Morgan, who helped choose the line-up. “We get to see all these movies from other countries and how they view things, which is not necessarily the way we do. Does it get any better than that in our small town?”

“One that’s going to bring up a lot of discussion is ‘The Attack,’ an Arabic movie about a surgeon living in Israel with his wife. His wife has died in an attack, and she was actually the suicide bomber and he was no idea. He asks himself, who was this person I loved?” Dietrich Theater director Jennifer Jenkins said.

“I don’t know how you put your life together after that,” Morgan said, adding that many of the movies are thought-provoking and some are just plain fun.

Here is a list:

• Blue Jasmine. Director Woody Allen, 98 minutes, PG-13. Show times: Friday during opening-night gala; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine, an elegant New York socialite coping with the end of her marriage and reinventing herself while living in her sister’s modest San Francisco apartment.

20 Feet From Stardom Director Morgan Neville, 91 minutes, PG-13. Show times: 7 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

True stories of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

Still Mine Director Michael McGowan, 103 minutes, PG-13. Show times: noon Saturday and 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 2:15 p.m. Oct. 2.

Academy Award-nominees James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold star as a couple in their twilight years. The Toronto Globe and Mail called it “a considerably moving celebration of things hand-crafted, traditional and built to last.”

Stories We Tell Director Sarah Polley, 108 minutes, PG-13. Show times 2:15 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

Family mythology, present-day recollections and long-held secrets reveal the essence of family in this celebrated documentary. “After you see it, you’ll be practically exploding with questions,” the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “and with awe.”

Unfinished Song Director Paul Andrew Williams, 93 minutes, PG-13. Show times: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Vanessa Redgrave is a devoted member of a local choir and Terence Stamp is her musically challenged husband in this funny and uplifting tale.

The Way Way Back Directors Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, 103 minutes, PG-13. Show times: opening-night gala on Friday and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, noon Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Starring Steve Carrell, this feel-good hit is the nostalgic coming-of-age story of an introverted youth who finds an unexpected friend in the manager of the local water park.

Before Midnight Director Richard Linklater, 108 minutes, not rated. Show times: 7 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28.

A young couple and their children vacation in Greece in this beautifully photographed look at love and relationships. Variety magazine calls it “one of the great movie romances of the modern era.”

Museum Hours Director Jem Cohen, 107 minutes, not rated. Show times: noon Sept. 22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30.

A guard at Vienna’s famed Kunsthistorisches Art Museum spends his days silently observing both the art and the patrons until a chance connection with an intriguing visitor draws them through the art-filled halls of the museum and the streets of the city.

The Hunt Director Thomas Vinterberg, 106 minutes, Danish with subtitles, rated R. Show times: 2:15 p.m. Sept. 22 and noon Sept. 28.

Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his haunting portrayal of a former schoolteacher forced to start over after a divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is upended once again when a child’s remark throws his small community into a collective state of anxiety.

Hannah Arendt Director Margarethe von Trotta, 112 minutes, English and German with subtitles, not rated. Show times: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 27.

Barbara Sukowa stars as influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, whose controversial reporting in The New Yorker on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann established her as a journalist of great importance.

Austenland Director Jerusha Hess, 97 minutes, PG-13. Show times: 2 p.m. Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, noon Oct. 2.

“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer produced this comedy about a young woman obsessed with all things Jane Austen. Her passion leads her to an eccentric theme park, Austenland, a place where the die-hard fan can be completely immersed in the elegant world of the beloved author.

Renoir Director Gilles Bourdos, 111 minutes, French with subtitles, rated R. Show times: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 7:15 p.m. Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, this lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who in the last years of his life meets a muse he shares with his son, Jean. “As sensually beautiful as the work of its subject matter,” the Toronto Star wrote.

Much Ado About Nothing Director Joss Whedon, 109 minutes, PG-13. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2 p.m. Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2 p.m. Oct. 3.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given energetic new life in this lively adaptation about sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick.

The Attack Director Ziad Doueiri, 102 minutes, Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles, rated R. Show times: 2 p.m. Sept. 24 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

An Israeli-Palestinian surgeon with an exemplary career and many friends finds his picture-perfect life turned upside down when he is told that his late wife was responsible for a suicide bombing.

Fruitvale Station Director Ryan Coogler, 84 minutes, rated R. Show times: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

Winner of both the prestigious Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this is the true story of an unarmed and handcuffed African-American man whose shooting by San Francisco transit officers led to major protests and soul-searching on the part of the nation.

A Hijacking Director Tobias Lindholm, 99 minutes, multiple languages with subtitles, rated R. Show times: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 9:15 p.m. Sept. 28.

This gripping and intense thriller is about a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean hijacked by Somali pirates. The drama, hyper-real and suspenseful, unfolds as the crew and ship owners negotiate for millions of dollars – and their very lives.

Blackfish Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 80 minutes, PG-13. Show times 2:15 p.m. Sept. 25 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2.

This riveting documentary unravels the complexities, ethics and morality of keeping killer whales captive.

The English Teacher Director Craig Zisk, 93 minutes, rated R. Show times: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon Oct. 3.

A 40-year-old English teacher finds her greatest relationships are with her favorite authors and stories until a disheartened former student moves back into town. She decides to step out of her comfort zone and produce his play with the help of the high-school drama teacher.

Fill the Void Director Rama Burshstein, 90 minutes, PG. Show times: noon Sept. 25 and 2 p.m. Oct. 1

Will Shira marry the widower of her deceased husband? In this first movie from a female Orthodox Jewish director, complex issues of life, death, love, marriage and family are explored.

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