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This announcement was sent to Village 14 today…

After calling the Studio Cinema in Belmont home for the last 13 years, Belmont World Film moved its 14th Annual International Film Series, “Secrets and Lies,” to the West Newton Cinema, due to the unexpected closing of the Belmont theater (which is also owned by the Bramante family). The series began March 22 and runs through May 11; it features eight internationally-acclaimed films, many of which are New England or US premieres and some are also their countries’ entries for the Oscar’s best foreign language film. In another departure from years past, most screenings take place on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM, with the exception of Monday night screenings on April 6 and May 11.

Bostonians will find two of this year’s films especially interesting: THE FINISHERS, a film from France that was inspired by the Boston Marathon father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt, which will be shown the evening before this year’s race; and since Greater Boston is home to the second largest population of Armenians in the US, THE CUT, the first film to focus on the forced migration and diaspora of the Armenian minority from the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Even more remarkable is that the German-Turkish director Fatih Akin co-wrote THE CUT with Armenian American Mardik Martin. The film will be shown on April 24, two days after the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. I’ve attached a press release with more information about the series and other films, as well as stills from several of the films.

Although the series has already started, I’m sure your readers in Newton would want to know about this festival that is happening right in their own backyard.


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