The Scottsdale International Film Festival has announced its annual fall line-up of international fare; Alfonso Curaon’s Roma to open fest. The newly expanded festival is November 2 – 11 at the Harkins Scottsdale Shea theatre. Tickets and packages are available now.
SCOTTSDALE – Oct. 1, 2018 –Ten films will mark their premiere showing to Arizona audiences as part of the upcoming Scottsdale International Film Festival. The 18th annual Festival, expanding this year from five days to 10 days in length, will feature a diverse and powerful slate of more than 50 films, which weave together stories of love and laughter, war, religion and history among other compelling themes.
Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tara Hitchcock will serve as emcee for this years opening night festivities, which will be held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts and include the spectacular Arizona Premiere screening of Roma from Oscar-winning director, Alfonso Cuaron. “We are pleased and honored that Netflix’s award winning film, Roma, is going to be our Opening Night film and an Arizona Premiere,” Amy Ettinger, Founder and Director of the Scottsdale International Film Festival, said. “The film has been the subject of much attention since its triumphant premieres in the Toronto, Venice and Telluride Film Festivals.”
The Scottsdale International Film Festival, which begins Friday, Nov. 2 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 11, will showcase the remainder of its thoughtfully curated program at the Harkins Shea 14 Theatres, many of which were helmed by female directors such as Ondi Timoner or feature notable female leads, including Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth McGovern, Molly Shannon, Penelope Cruz, and Mary Kay Place.
“The stories told in the films we have selected beautifully address a number of cross-cultural issues facing both men and women today, including sexuality, religious conflict, cultural expectations, and a fair amount of comic relief,” said Amy Ettinger. “We have always prided ourselves on our ability to offer audiences a wide-screen view of the world through the art of cinema, and this season’s slate is is extraordinary.”
This year’s films feature compelling characters and storylines, including the work of a war correspondent, a teen venturing beyond the boundaries of her family’s conservative values, and an illustration of third-world resilience. Audiences will also be treated to the stories of cultural pioneers, as well as the tensions that exist between traditional beliefs and modern culture. According to Ettinger, there is a wide-range of themes and places depicted and most likely something for almost everyone.
A Private War, one of the films making its Arizona debut, joins other highly anticipated titles including Boy Erased, The Chaperone, Diane, Everybody Knows, Cold War, Mapplethorpe, Peterloo, and Studio 54 as features that have already received early praise from Cannes and Toronto Film Festival audiences. Other don’t-miss recommendations include Amateurs, Good Manners, Rafiki, Woman at War, and Zagros.
The Scottsdale International Film Festival kicks off with an opening night film on Friday, Nov. 2 and continues with a full schedule of films through Sunday, Nov. 4. The Festival will showcase one film each weeknight beginning Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 9, and then continues with another full schedule through the closing night film on Sunday, Nov. 11.
To view the complete 2018 film schedule, see information on program panels and special guests, or to purchase tickets, please visit at www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com. All tickets, passes and packages are available to purchase exclusively online prior to the opening night event. Only single tickets will be sold at the two box offices once the Festival begins.
About the Scottsdale International Film Festival
Founded in 2001, Scottsdale International Film Festival is an annual 10-day destination event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 18-year history, the Festival has presented more than 650 films – ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered indie gems – to more than 100,000 attendees. For more information, please visit www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.