Beloit film fest shows movies all week long

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Ann Fiore
Monday, February 23, 2015

BELOIT—The Beloit International Film Festival's opening weekend might be over, but the festival still has plenty of ways to reel in movie fanatics this week.

For one thing, this year's BIFF will show movies all week, not just on weekends.

Four films will be screened—two at 5 p.m. and two at 7:30 p.m.—Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 23-25, at two Beloit venues: Domenico's Italian Restaurant, 547 E. Grand Ave., and the Hendricks Center for the Arts, 409 Pleasant St.

Monday's lineup, for example, featured the Swedish comedy “Mousse” at 5 p.m. and American drama/romance “Nightlights” at 7:30 p.m. at Domenico's. Meanwhile, the Hendricks Center screened a science fiction short slot at 5 p.m. and the American drama “East Side Sushi”—a top pick on the festival website—at 7:30 p.m.

The film lineup gets a dramatic boost Thursday, Feb. 26, heading into the fest's final weekend.

In addition to new films, BIFF is showing favorites from its last 10 years.

Encore films on tap this week include:

—“50-Year-Old Freshman” on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

—“QWERTY” on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

—“Date America” on Friday, Feb. 27.

—Several offerings Sunday, March 1, including “Jimmy in Pienk,” “Little Red,” “Artois the Goat,” “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” “Channeling” and “Cafeteria Man.”

Yet another highlight is the Silent Film Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Castle, 501 Prospect St., Beloit.

BIFF organizers are using the old church's acoustics to their advantage and showing “The Phantom of the Opera” from 1925. The silent film will feature music by organist Bob Rub, pianist Lanette Calhoun and vocalists Gaia Galvan and Scott Chachula.

A pre-show silent auction will benefit the Rock River Philharmonic, which works with BIFF to provide the musical score for the Silent Film Showcase.

BIFF wraps up Sunday, March 1.

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