15th Scottsdale International Film Festival to open Nov. 5

Love the Coopers starring Diane Keaton and John Goodman at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale. (Photo by CBS Films)

Love the Coopers starring Diane Keaton and John Goodman at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale. (Photo by CBS Films)

Celebrating its 15th year, the Scottsdale International Film Festival will showcase 42 feature films representing more than 30 countries, including buzz-worthy dramas, thrillers, romances, comedies and documentaries, Nov. 5–9.

The Festival will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The opening night celebration will feature a reception with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar, followed by a screening of the documentary Landfill Harmonic which tells the inspiring story of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, the world-famous youth symphony that performs with instruments made from recycled trash.

Following the screening of the acclaimed documentary Landfill Harmonic, Paraguay’s inspiring Recycled Orchestra will perform. (Photo by Film Collaborative)

Following the screening of the acclaimed documentary Landfill Harmonic, Paraguay’s inspiring Recycled Orchestra will perform. (Photo by Film Collaborative)

After the film, the Recycled Orchestra, conducted by its founder, Favio Chavez, will perform onstage and participate in an audience Question-and-Answer session, along with Executive Producer Alejandra Amarilla and Producer Juliana Penaranda-Loftus, according to a press release.

As part of its visit, the Orchestra will also perform at MIMFest on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Following opening night, on Friday, Nov. 6, the festival will return to its longtime home at Harkins Shea 14 Theatre in Scottsdale for all other screenings, Nov. 6–9.

Among the highlights are The Adderall Diaries, starring James Franco and Ed Harris, Anomalisa, Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Benefactor Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Carol, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Love the Coopers, John Goodman and Diane Keaton, Remember, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer, Tumbledown, Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis, and Youth, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.

Festival audiences will enjoy insights from moderators and select Question-and-Answer sessions, and vote for their favorite films.

Among the special guests are actor Jack McGee and filmmakers Nestor and Rosemary Rodriguez of the indie dramedy Silver Skies; Tucson motivational speaker Jessica Cox, the focus of the documentary Right Footed; and Robert Aberlin, executive producer of the documentary Paul Taylor: Creative Domain, the release stated.

 The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is at 7380 E. Second St. For more information visit www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com; to purchase tickets call 480-499-8587.

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