It spent days under mud and high water last week and has suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages, but The Dietrich Theater will host its ninth annual Fall Film Festival on schedule this weekend. An army of volunteers tore out potentially toxic carpeting, removed and replaced seats, and disinfected the venue’s four theaters according to a report at www.dietrichtheater.com.
Embracing the “Oktoberfest” theme (which seems to be enjoying unprecedented popularity this year), the festival will launch with a gala opening featuring the premier of Nimble Hill beer in addition to other microbrews. Nimble Hill will also serve its popular wines at the event. Oktoberfest theme foods will be provided by Epicurean Delight, Seasons Restaurant, Twigs Restaurant & Cafe and The Fireplace Restaurant. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reservations and a special ticket of $35 is required. The Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams and Mike Mills’ Beginners will both be screened at the gala.
Fourteen additional independent, foreign, and art films will be screened at the Tunkhannock cultural center through Sept. 29. The entire schedule is intriguing, but among the films that stood out to us while scanning the schedule is Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip. Starring the hysterical Steve Coogan (Hamlet 2) with fellow Brit
comedian Rob Brydon, the movie follows a restaurant critic who invites his best friend on trip reviewing fine restaurants throughout English countryside. “You may laugh so hard that liquid will come out of your nose,” wrote one Time Magazine critic of his own experience.
Another schedule highlight is this year’s Palm d’Or receipient, The Tree of Life. Directed by Terrence Malick, the spiritual query stars Brad Pitt as the father of three boys growing up in Texas in the 1940s and ‘50s. Documentaries include Buck, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Rejoice and Shout, Project Nin, and The Last Mountain, about local citizens fighting a coal company in Appalachia. Also scheduled are the Arabic film Incendies, John Tuturro’s Passione, The Music Never Stopped, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan from China, Everything Must Go starring Will Ferrell, La doppia ora or The Double Hour, and Bride Flight. Tickets are $8 before 6 p.m. and $9 in the evening. Call 996-1500 for more information or visit www.dietrichtheater.com.