Richmond International Film Festival 2016 recommended viewing

We did some research, and here’s what we recommend.

You can’t be several places at once, unfortunately. Otherwise, you could see every single one of the 150 movies at the Richmond International Film Festival. If, like us, you do not have superpowers, here are the films we recommend.

For more information on the festival, the schedule, and how to buy tickets, check out rvafilmfestival.com and our 2015 interview with Heather Waters, 2016 Fascinating person and leader of the fest itself!

If you like feature films

REMITTANCE

Patrick Daly, USA

Immigration issues from a woman’s point of view.

  • Thursday, March 3rd • 5:00 PM
  • Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • Buy tickets here

LOUDER THAN BOMBS

Joachim Trier, Norway/USA

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, and depicting a lot of things about grief and regret and whatnot. Not really a romp, per se, but something that will make an impact.

  • Saturday, March 5th • 12:00 PM
  • Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
  • Buy tickets here

JOSEPHINE

Rory Feek, USA

A Civil War period drama inspired by letters! Strong women and the South, yes!

  • Saturday, March 5th • 1:00 PM
  • Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • Buy tickets here

INDIA’S DAUGHTER

Leslee Udwin, India

A documentary about the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in 2012. It’s hard to watch, but it’s ultimately optimistic.

ALMOST HOLY

Steve Hoover, USA

A very gritty, vigilante-style documentary about Ukraine’s troubles after the fall of the Soviet Union, particularly those issues affecting children.

CROSSING STREETS

Marc Hutchins, USA

Giving you a break from the “there are tough things going on in the world” films, this dramedy is just what you need.

OBLIVION SEASON

Abbas Rafei, Islamic Republic of Iran

This movie–about the struggles of women in Iran–is rumored to be one that grows and swells and leaves you exhausted

DAY RELEASE

Geoffrey Cowper, Spain

An action film, but a fresh one!

MADINA’S DREAM

Andrew Berends, USA

Sudan is such an amazing place to learn about.

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If you’re into short films

These come highly recommended.

COTTONMOUTH

Richard Rogers, USA

  • Thursday, March 3rd • 9:30 PM
  • Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • Buy tickets here. (This ticket will get you into a bundle of nine short films.)

BEVERLEY

Alexander Thomas, UK

  • Thursday, March 3rd • 9:45 PM
  • Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
  • Buy tickets here (This ticket will get you into a bundle of seven short films.)

SIMON

Camille de Galbert, USA

and

#YA

Ygor Gama and Florencia Rovlich, Germany

  • Friday, March 4th • 4:00 PM
  • Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
  • Buy tickets here. (This ticket will get you into a bundle of seven short films.)

ACOUSTIC SPACE

Anthony Marinelli, USA

  • Friday, March 4th • 4:00 PM
  • Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
  • Buy tickets here. (This ticket will get you into a bundle of eight short films.)

FRONTMAN

Matthew Gentile, USA

  • Saturday, March 5th • 7:00 PM
  • Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
  • Buy tickets here. (This ticket will also get you into the feature film Day Release, see above, which will immediately follow this short.)

ELEMENTAL

Eric Hurt, USA

  • Sunday, March 6th • 1:30 PM
  • 2908 W. Cary Street
  • Buy tickets here. (This ticket will also get you into the feature film Hoovey, which will immediately follow this short.)
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