The ninth annual Oregon State International Film Festival, presented by Dasfilmfest, will run from Nov. 3 through Nov. 7, at the Darkside Cinema, 215 SW Fourth St., Corvallis. Each year, this curated festival presents award-winning films from across the globe.
This year's program includes 23 feature, documentary, and short films from 15 different countries. An opening night reception will be held from 9 a.m. to midnight Nov. 3 at the Castor Club, 458 Madison Ave., Corvallis.
Here are brief descriptions of this year's films:
Friday, Nov. 3
6 p.m. "Bye Bye Germany," (Germany 2017) Feature. 102 minutes. Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times?
Saturday, Nov. 4
1 p.m. "The Peace Agency," (Indonesia, 2017). Documentary. 91 minutes. Lian Gogali and her 500 female students work for peace and justice in an in the conflict-torn area of Poso, Indonesia.
3:30 p.m. "The Cinema Travellers," (India, 2016). Documentary. 96 minutes. Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by digital technology.
6 p.m. "King of the Belgians," (Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria, 2016). Mockumentary. 94 minutes. A dormant king embarks on a state visit to Istanbul with a British filmmaker, Duncan Lloyd, who has been commissioned to shoot a documentary intended to polish the monarch’s rather dull image.
8 p.m. "Animals," (Switzerland/Poland, 2017). Feature. 95 minutes. A married couple takes to the Swiss Alps for a six-month "break" in an effort to salvage their relationship, but an unexpected accident kick-starts a chain of events that illustrate their alienation in surreal and disturbing ways.
Sunday, Nov. 5
12:30 p.m. Kurz + Schmerzlos Shorts Program; includes short films from Spain, India, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States ("The Oregon Trail").
3:30 p.m. "Land of the Little People," (Israel/Palestine, 2016). Feature. 83 minutes. While Israel fights another war, four kids play at an old army base, now empty and unused. One day, the kids find two army deserters hiding in their secret playground.
5:30 p.m. "Land of Eternal Spring," (USA, 2017). Documentary. 27 minutes. Guatemalan female human right defenders and their families share their stories of resistance against land theft, illegal gold mining, corruption, and government retaliation. Followed by "Red Gringo," (Chile, 2106, documentary, 67 minutes), which follows North American singer Dean Reed’s surprising and unlikely political transformation after learning of the brutality and repression of U.S.-supported regimes in South America.
8 p.m. "Pretenders," (Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania, 2016). Feature. 102 minutes. Intent on repairing a rift in their relationship, Anna and Juhan retreat to a seaside house lent to them by well-heeled friends. After witnessing an accident on rocky shore, they take in a wounded woman and her husband.
Monday, Nov. 6
5 p.m. "Combat Girls," (Germany, 2011). Feature. 103 minutes. Introduced by Jennifer L. Creech, University of Rochester. Discussion to follow the film. Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, only feels at him in her neo-Nazi group.
8 p.m. "Suffering of Ninko," (Japan, 2017). Feature. 70 minutes. Ninko, a young, diligent Buddhist monk, has one serious problem: Women can’t seem to resist him.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
7:30 p.m. "Late Blossom Blues," (Austria, 2016). Documentary. 89 minutes. When 81 year-old Leo Welch from the Mississippi backwoods skyrocketed to global blues and gospel stardom after releasing his debut record in 2014, it took the music world by surprise. The director, Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer, will attend the screening.
A festival pass is $25. Individual tickets (if seats remain) are $5. For advance tickets and more information, see https://filmfreeway.com/dasfilmfest/tickets.