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Three to watch for at Cucalorus Festival

October 17, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 17--There's less than a month before the start of the 19th Cucalorus Film Festival on Nov. 13 and the lineup is bursting with potential standouts. But which films will earn the respect of festival audiences and which will falter? Here are a few films ripe for recognition.

'Short History of Decay'

As announced last week, the Wilmington-filmed indie will make its local debut at the festival. Its world premiere was at the Hamptons International Film Festival Oct. 12.

Former Wilmington resident Linda Lavin stars as a woman suffering from Alzheimer's. Lavin, a Tony Award winner, can also be seen weekly on NBC TV's "Sean Saves the World" as the no-nonsense mother of Sean Hayes' character.

Screens 7:15 Nov. 14 in Thalian Hall's main theater.

Short Term 12'

A festival hit starring Brie Larson, who has appeared in everything from "21 Jump Street" to NBC's "Community." Larson has been a rising star for some time and some critics are pointing to this film as her crowning achievement.

Playing the supervisor of a foster care facility for displaced teens, Larson is electric as a woman trying to hold herself together while she acts as emotional support for everyone around her. Also starring "The Newsroom's" John Gallagher Jr., the work is the feature version of a short film that appeared at Cucalorus in 2009 as part of the Works in Progress series. Needless to say, it will be a welcome homecoming for director Destin Cretton.

Screens 10:15 a.m. Nov. 15 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in Thalian Hall's main theater.

'Black Box'

One film to look out for at Cucalorus 19 is Stephen Cone's taut, tense "Black Box." A quiet drama about a college theater production, the film unfolds like a thriller in the amount of emotional weight it carries, but it's ultimately in the performances where the value lies.

Anchored by indie darling Josephine Decker as a grad student director (she's also in the Cucalorus film "Loves Her Gun"), the story weaves through the lives of the eight or so students acting in the play, who are motivated by lust, love and even the desire to be good actors. The students and their director cross boundaries and open up parts of themselves they never knew they had, all in the name of the production. It's a powerful film that will remain with you.

Screens 7 p.m. Nov. 14, appropriately enough, in Thalian Hall's black box studio theater.

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