11/1/2012 - Asheville Cinema Festival features big movies
by Tony Kiss - Asheville Citizen Times
ASHEVILLE -- The Asheville Cinema Festival may have become a crystal ball for predicting Oscar-winning movies.
Last year, the festival had the first local showing of "The Artist," which then swept the Oscars. Tonight, the 2012 festival opens with "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Jennifer Lawrence. The festival closes Sunday with "Quartet," directed by Dustin Hoffman Both are likely Academy Award candidates.
Tickets are going fast for both films, the festival's executive director Wyman Tannehill said. "There's a chance there will be tickets at the box office," he said. But the best way to get tickets is online at http://ashevillecinemafestival.com, he said.
Both features will show at the Regal Biltmore Grande. Sunday's showing of "Quartet" is sponsored by Asheville Scene, the Citizen-Times' weekly culinary and culture guide.
In between the big films, the Cinema Festival will screen more than 40 other movies -- documentaries, short subjects and features at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., and the Masonic Temple theater, 80 Broadway St.
Among the highlights are "The High Price of Victory," a documentary about World War II, and the short film, "A Tale of Two Soldiers," about the war in Afghanistan, at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Asheville Community Theater. The filmmakers of both projects will be joined by veterans of World War II and Afghanistan.
Other high-profile films are the short "Second Parent," from award-winning Asheville filmmaker Katie Damien, at 1:15 p.m. Saturday and the documentary "Side by Side," about the the science and creation of digital film, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, both at Asheville Community Theatre.
A Best of the Festival schedule with jury award-winning documentary, narrative and short films, will begin at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the Biltmore Grande, leading up to "Quartet" at 7 p.m.