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Film festival is March 5-8 at Keith Albee: Best Picture winner ‘Parasite’ among offerings

HUNTINGTON — The Marshall Artists Series Spring International Film Festival is set for March 5-8 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington.

“Parasite,” which won the Best Picture award at this year’s Academy Awards, is among the films scheduled.

Kicking off the festival is “Styx” (Germany), which tells the story of a busy doctor who plans to spend her annual vacation fulfilling her long-held dream of sailing from Gibraltar to the small island of Ascension in the Atlantic. Styx shows at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Recent Academy Award nominee “Pain and Glory” (Spain), tells a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline.

It shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Set in 19th century rural Vietnam, “The Third Wife” tells the story of 14-year-old May as she becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. It shows at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and on Sunday, March 8 at 5:30 pm.

“Parasite” (South Korea) tells the story of the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth, and the Kim Family: rich in street smarts and not much else. These two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. It shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March. 6 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Premiering at Sundance in 2019, “One Child Nation” is a documentary film that follows the results of the end of China’s One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child. This sweeping documentary explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment. It shows at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

“Woman at War” (Iceland) tells the story of Halla, a choir conductor and eco-activist who plans to disrupt the operations of an aluminum plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposefully damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. She must reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with her upcoming adoption of an orphan child. It shows at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

Tickets for the Spring International Film Festival are $10 per film and free to full-time Marshall students with a valid student ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. To view movie trailers and to download film schedule visit, www.marshallartistsseries.org.