Spring film festival beckons movie buffs to Tunkhannock.

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By Mary Therese Biebel mbiebel@civitasmedia.com

Caught in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) falls for her husband's childhood friend.
Caught in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) falls for her husband's childhood friend.
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What: Spring Film Festival

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

When: Through April 10

Tickets: $8 for matinees; $9 for evening shows

Info: 570-996-1500

In case you’re wondering how the midday meal an Indian woman prepared for her husband ends up in the hands of a man she hasn’t met, Jennifer Jenkins can explain.

“There is a service called the dabbawallas, men who ride bicycles and pick up lunches from housewives and deliver them to their husbands so they get to eat it hot,” said Jenkins, executive director of the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock.

In the movie “The Lunchbox,” Jenkins said, “we have a case of ‘this lunchbox looks like mine.’ ”

That mistake leads to a relationship in “The Lunchbox,” a romantic comedy that will be shown tonight to kick off the 14-day, 18-movie Spring Film Festival at the Dietrich

Tonight’s opening gala also includes a film that is just about as different from the lighthearted Hindi-and-English offering as hot chili peppers are from a sweet mango lassi.

“ ‘August: Osage County’ is a very heavy family drama based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play,” Jenkins said. “It’s full of stars like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch, who must be the hardest-working actor of 2013; he’s been in everything.”

Tonight’s gala is sold out, but film buffs can see “The Lunchbox” and the dysfunctional family of “August: Osage County” several times during the next two weeks, along with several other Oscar-nominated films, foreign films and the local story “Kids for Cash.”

The festival films include:

“August: Osage County.” A dark yet touching story of family secrets and a dysfunctional family, gathered at the home of the matriarch. 7 p.m. Wednesday; 11:45 a.m. April 5; 2:30 p.m. April 8; 7:30 p.m. April 10.


“The Best Offer.” A woman asks an introverted antiques dealer to arrange for an auction, leading to a passion that will transform his life. 5 p.m. Tuesday; 4:30 p.m. April 5; noon April 10.


“The Broken Circle Breakdown.” A couple’s love is put to the test when their daughter becomes seriously ill. Authentic bluegrass music helps tell the tale. 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. April 4; 2:30 p.m. April 6.


“Girl on a Bicycle.” Tour-bus driver Paolo somehow finds himself with a German fiancee, a French “wife,” two Australian children and a life turned upside down. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 5 p.m. April 6.


“Gloria.” An older woman’s intense affair with a former naval officer leaves her vacillating between hope and despair until she discovers hidden strength. 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:15 p.m. April 5; 7:15 p.m. April 9.


“The Great Beauty.” For years a journalist has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome. Now his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past. 6:45 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Tuesday; 4:30 p.m. April 9


“Great Expectations.” Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, chronicling an orphan who sets off for London when he learns he has an unknown benefactor. 2:30 p.m. Monday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 11:45 a.m. April 9


“In Secret.” A tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in 1860s Paris. Noon Sunday; 2:30 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. April 8.


“Inside Llewyn Davis.” The Coen brothers bring us a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates Greenwich Village in the 1960s. 2:15 p.m. Sunday; 9:30 p.m. April 4.


“The Invisible Woman.” A story of Charles Dickens and the young woman who becomes his muse. 2:15 p.m. Wednesday; 7 p.m. April 5.


“Kids for Cash.” A look at the judicial scandal that unfolded in Wilkes-Barre and at the lives of children incarcerated because of a zero-tolerance policy. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. April 7. Director Robert May will attend the April 7 show.


“La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus.” This documentary follows a decommissioned school bus in its new role providing rides to workers in Guatemala. Noon Saturday; 9:15 p.m. April 5.


“Liv & Ingmar.” This love story encompasses 42 years and 12 films between Swedish actress Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. 2:15 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. April 4; 7: 30 p.m. April 8.


“The Lunchbox.” A housewife tries to spice up her marriage by sending her husband special lunches, which consistently end up with a lonely stranger instead. 4:30 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. April 6; 2:30 p.m. April 10.


“Nebraska.” A Montana man, believing he has won a sweepstakes, sets off to walk to Nebraska if he has to. Then his son agrees to give him a ride. 7 p.m. Sunday; 4:30 p.m. April 4; 2:15 p.m. April 9


“The Past.” An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife in Paris to finalize their divorce, which soon becomes complicated by a shocking revelation. 5 p.m. Monday; noon April 6.


“Philomena.” Judi Dench stars as a Catholic woman searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption as an unwed teen in Ireland. 7 p.m. Monday; 5 p.m. Thursday; 2:30 p.m. April 7; 5 p.m. April 10.


“Tim’s Vermeer.” Texas-based inventor Tim Jenison attempts to solve the mystery of how 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer painted so realistically 150 years before the invention of photography. Noon Wednesday; 5 p.m. April 7.

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