Alamo to celebrate weekend of award-nominated films

Daily staff report

In celebration of film, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced it will show eight films from around the world during the weekend of Feb. 21, including daily showings of films nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and two nominees for British Film of the Year.

This will be the first time any of the films have been screened theatrically in Winchester, according to a press release from the Alamo in Kernstown.

The weekend festival will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 with the showing of Belgian film “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” a drama/romance about a couple who falls in love at first sight but whose sweeping romance is tested when tragedy strikes their new family.

Live bluegrass music will preceed the Oscar nominee for a Best Foreign Language Film.

The debut trailer and exclusive footage of locally made film “Guys & Girls Can’t Be Friends,” filmed in Winchester last summer, will show at noon before the PG-13 comedy “Damsels in Distress,” about three college cohorts learning a lesson in higher education while running a suicide prevention center and offering off-beat advice.

U.K. drama “The Selfish Giant,” offering a contemporary fable of a 13-year-old boy and his best friend who team with a scrap dealer and criminal after being ostracized by their peers, will show at 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

U.S. documentary “Maidentrip,” about 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s two-year voyage in pursuit of becoming the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone, will show at 4 p.m. that day.

After a 5:30 p.m. intermission with Italian wine tasting at Sante Wine, Beer and Gifts, Italian comedy/drama “The Great Beauty” will show at 6:45 p.m.

The night will end with the 9:30 p.m. showing of U.K. horror/thriller “A Field in England,” about a group in 1648 England fighting to survive in a field of mushrooms.

Feb. 23, sci-fi drama “Upstream Color,” about a man and woman drawn together as they struggle to assemble their lives, will show at 12:45 p.m. R-rated Denmark drama “The Hunt,” about a lonely teacher struggling over his son’s custody, will show at 2:45 p.m.

Weekend passes will go on sale Friday, with 90 available for $30 each — 50 percent off the cost of all the films individually. If still available, individual film tickets will be on sale beginning Feb. 7.

For tickets, call 540-313-4060 or visit www.drafthouse.com/winchester.