The revived Charlotte Film Festival, now in its eighth year, has adopted the slogan “Discover Different.” This is what “different” looks like, with the festival running through Oct. 2 at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd.:
“Fare”: A driver for hire realizes the man he’s transporting is sleeping with his wife. That’s J.R. Adduci (Bobby from the Morris-Jenkins ads) as the passenger and Thomas Torrey (who also directed) as the driver. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“Karate Kill”: This Japanese martial arts movie, a drama about a lethal loner searching for his missing sister in Los Angeles, will get its U.S. premiere in Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. Friday.
“Diverge”: In the aftermath of a global pandemic, a man goes back in time to kill the person responsible for starting the destruction: his younger self. 4:05 p.m. Saturday.
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“Shockwave”: A scientist researching the origins of a cryptic radio signal accidentally turns his wife into a channel for hallucinations, distant memories and a visitor from beyond. Calling H.P. Lovecraft! 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Some movies have been categorized as “special presentations,” such as the regional premieres of the horror film “Beyond the Gates” at 9:45 p.m. Friday (children use a 1980s board game to redeem their father’s soul from torment) and “Liza the Fox-Fairy” at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. In that Hungarian import, a nurse keeps company with a long-dead Japanese pop star; when she seeks love with someone livelier, her jealous pal turns her into a fox fairy and curses her, so every man who desires her dies horribly.
Yep, that’s different.
The festival is presenting more than 80 films, counting full-length and short-form documentaries and narratives. General admission is $10 ($9 for students with current ID). Details: charlottefilmfestival.org.