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2014 Athena Film Festival Unveils Program Lineup

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2014 at 1:40PM

The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, headed by Melissa Silverstein of Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, has unveiled its film lineup for the 2014 edition of the fest, running February 6 through 9 at Barnard College. Check out the full program below.
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Lake Bell in "In a World"
Lake Bell in "In a World"

The fourth annual Athena Film Festival, headed by Melissa Silverstein of Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, has unveiled its film lineup for the 2014 edition of the fest, running February 6 through 9 at Barnard College. Check out the full program below.

Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief"
Sophie Nelisse in "The Book Thief"

The Athena fest's honoree list is here.

2014 Athena Film Festival lineup:

FEATURES:

Belle – New York Premiere- Opening Film

Director: Amma Asante

Run Time: 105 minutes

Language: English

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay, an 18th Century British naval officer. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, but her color prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. Yet, Belle uses her presence and intelligence to help inform the thinking of her father figure, Lord Mansfield, as he deliberates the most pressing issue of the time - the abolition of slavery.

 

The Book Thief

Director: Brian Percival

Run Time: 131 minutes

Language: English

Based on the beloved bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany.

 

Decoding Annie Parker – Centerpiece Film

Director: Steven Bernstein

Run Time: 91 minutes

Language: English

Decoding Annie Parker tells the true story of two very different women on seemingly similar paths towards ground-breaking discoveries.  Annie Parker a cancer survivor who was convinced that her illness and the illness of all the women in her family were connected and Dr. Mary-Claire King, a geneticist, who bucked the conventional wisdom about cancer research and discovered the genetic link in breast cancer and the BRCA1 gene.

 

Farah Goes Bang

Director: Meera Menon

Run Time: 90 minutes

Language: English

Awkward twenty-something Farah Mahtab hits the road with her buddies K.J. and Roopa to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will also be her opportunity to lose her virginity. Crisscrossing the culturally divided nation at this decisive post-9/11 moment, these multicultural girls find themselves and their politics unwelcome in many parts of the country. They take inspiration from their friendship and press on in their campaign, even as Farah’s efforts on both political and sexual fronts are continuously thwarted.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.