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Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey star in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey star in "Dallas Buyers Club."

The Arts Array Film Series showcases important foreign, documentary and independent American films

February 24, 2014

The Arts Array Film Series showcases important foreign, documentary and independent American films on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Abingdon Cinemall. The films are free for the students and staffs of Virginia Highlands Community College, Emory & Henry College, Virginia Intermont College, King University and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. The general community will be charged $7.75 for admission. For more information, call 276-739-2451.

MARCH 3 & 4: "Dallas Buyers Club" is on screen. Ron Woodroof likes living his life hard: heavy smoking, drinking, using cocaine and having sex. He's also a stereotypical redneck with racist and homophobic ideology. While in the hospital on a work-related injury, Ron learns that he is HIV-positive and will most-likely die within 30 days. He reads every single available AIDS-related research article, and they all highlight AZT as the most promising, effective treatment for the disease. Unfortunately, in the U.S., AZT is only in its clinical trials stage.

MARCH 10 & 11: "The Artist and the Model" is shown. Marc Cros, an elderly sculptor, lives with his wife Léa in the south of France, safe from the war that rages. He seems to have reached the end of his life and of his art. One day, Léa gives shelter to a beautiful young Spanish political refugee named Mercè. Marc soon understands that the girl, who agrees to pose for him, inspires him and that he has no choice but to embark on this last artistic adventure.

MARCH 17 & 18: "Haute Cuisine" is on screen. Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts, reluctantly, but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a while, she manages to impose her will, thanks to her sturdy character and despite the jealousies she arouses among the other chefs.

MARCH 24 & 25: "Diana" is shown. This film is a compelling portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales, during the final two years of her life. The film stars British-born Academy Award nominated actress Naomi Watts ("21 Grams," "The Impossible"), who assumes the leading role of the eponymous and iconic princess. Naveen Andrews, best known for the hit television series "Lost," co-stars as Dr. Hasnat Khan. Fellow Brits Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson round out the supporting cast.

MARCH 31 & APRIL 1: "American Hustle" is on screen. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, "American Hustle" tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. The film features Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.