Aruba 2015 Preview: ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Picks From One Happy Film Festival

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The nickname for the island nation of Aruba is "One Happy Island". So one would think that that the folks behind the 2015 Aruba International Film Festival would want to follow suite and create what'd be considered One Happy Film Festival. And how does one go about making film festival goers happy? Why with an eclectic and fresh lineup of films. Which Aruba has in spades.

In anticipation of my first ever trip to the Caribbean, this AIFF preview will take a look at some of this year's offerings, from international fest faves like The Lobster to the Caribbean Spotlight series and buzzy genre fare like The Final Girls. Plus, I talk with programming director Aaron Hosé on the past, present and future of what is not only one of the most enticing destination festivals out there, but one that is ready to offer local support to indie filmmakers the world over with the inaugural edition of the International Film Market Aruba (IFMA).

The 2015 Aruba International Film Festival takes place October 7 - 11. In the coming days please look for reviews and festival diaries chronicling the cultural flavor and social scene of the fest. In the meantime, click on through the gallery below for top film picks and my Q&A with Aaron Hosé.

THE LOBSTER

The Cannes-winning English language debut from Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the most buzzed about titles of the year, and one of my most anticipated.

Set in a society where coupledom is mandatory, Colin Farrell stars as a man faced with the task of choosing a mate or else be turned forever more into... a lobster.

This sharp satire of modern romance also stars Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux and Ben Whishaw.

Read Jason Gorber's review

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