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After the Rain

1984, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It all starts with a feeling that anything is possible. After 20 years of dictatorship, the population goes out into the streets to demand presidential elections. The emerging political process has given them a new sense of freedom. Caio, a free-thinking teenager, is struggling against authority both at home and at school. The year will be a very special…

Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Glenn Close, Best Supporting Actress for Janet McTeer and Best Achievement in Makeup. The film also garnered three Golden Globe nominations—Best Actress and Supporting Actress and Best Original Song, which was co-written by Close. And Close also co-wrote and co-produced this unique film. Close delivers a tour…

MIFF 2014 Audience Favorite Award Winner, 2nd place (tie): Alive Inside

An uplifting cinematic celebration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It’s a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity, chronicling the astonishing experiences of individuals with memory loss around the country who have been revitalized through the…

American Arab

It’s impossible to lay low as an Arab in America today. If you look the part, you are suspicious by association.Terrorists could be anywhere. You’re compelled to defend yourself, your people, your religion. But why should you apologize for acts that have nothing to do with you?  In American Arab, Iraqi-born director Usama Alshaibi takes a hard look at the contradictions of Arab…

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Ever feel like your life could use an animated rendition?  Well, your request can be granted using the Animation Hotline! Part of Shorts: Program II

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This early masterpiece from Andrzej Wajda, widely esteemed as one of the preeminent directors of his generation worldwide,  is set on the last day of World War II and the first day of peace—and between them, a night that changes everything. In the eyes of Maciek (the charismatic, iconic Zbigniew Cybulski in one of his greatest roles), an idealistic young Polish resistance fighter,…

Oscar-winning screenwriter Ernest Thompson to return to MIFF 2014 with Heavenly Angle
  • Saturday, Jul 12, 10:30 am / Special Events

For Actors, Writers, Directors, and the Audience! See how Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ernest Thompson created Heavenly Angle, taking the best – and also the worst – of what hundreds of New England actors brought to Whitebridge Farm Productions auditions and turning their remarkable courage, spirit and talent – or discernible lack thereof – into his magical and compelling movie. If you’re an Actor…

Balcony

Shot in one bravura take, a young boy perches atop his family’s balcony, where concerns for his safety compete with passersby’s personal melodramas. Part of Ha + Ha = HaHa!

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Produced by MIFF Mid-Life Achievement Award winner Terrence Malick, and first-time directed by his recent editor, A.J. Edwards, The Better Angels is about Abraham Lincoln as a boy. But Lincoln this is not, shot as it is in haunting black and white and imbued with a poetry and reverence for nature that seems very much influenced by Malick’s work. Indiana, 1817. The entire…

Blackbird

Young Scottish ballad singer Ruadhan despairs as the fabric of his quaint hometown erodes. Around him Portaran’s fading glory is there for all to see. There are no fish in the sea, no jobs, and the young generation is leaving for the cities. The passing of town matriarch Isobel shakes Ruadhan to the core. Another character gone, another voice lost. Portaran’s soul is…

Blind Chance

One moment, one event — three completely different outcomes. From the truly great director Krzysztof Kieślowski (Red, White, Blue, The Double Life of Veronique, The Decalogue) comes a film examining the effects of even the smallest of choices and chances. A young medical student’s life is forever changed by three subtle variations of the same innocuous episode: he does or does not catch…

Bowery

Best known for its derelict past and still retaining a great deal of that ambience when Sara Driver shot this film 20 years ago, Bowery—Spring, 1994 takes us to Lower Manhattan with striking immediacy. Shown with You Are Not I

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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, aging like the characters they play, making it a truly one-of-a-kind film, Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Slacker, Bernie), is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan…

This year there’s more music films than ever at MIFF! (Image from: Brasslands)

Brasslands explores the explosive recent popularity of Balkan brass music through the stories of three musicians whose lives revolve around playing the music for very different reasons: a Serbian trumpet master, a virtuosic Roma street musician, and a dedicated American who isn’t from the Balkans but has been playing this music in New York for the last 30 years. Their stories all converge…

Breathing Earth

Artist and architect Susumu Shingu has had a lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water.” For many years he has been creating sculptures that reveal the hidden energies of these elements. Their surfaces move to the same wind that we feel. They allow themselves to be carried by it, to absorb it, to change and morph and change again. Susumu lives according…

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No one who saw or heard Rahsaan Roland Kirk ever forgot him. One of the true geniuses of our time, Kirk was blind, played three horns at once, and marshalled the kind of energy through his jazz tenor and flute playing that’s more frequently associated with punk or rap. His life’s work was exploring sound and making music. Beyond that, he was an…

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“There are many ways to express ideas, and eloquence is sometimes possible without words.” –Raymond St-Jean. This genre-bending documentary looks at the cultural legacy of America’s most successful utopian society: the Shakers. The Shakers were artisans and innovators, whose maxim ‘beauty rests on utility’ inspired the creation of minimalist furniture and architectural designs that influenced modern functionalism. Known to each other as the…

Conformist, The

“It’s a triumph of feeling and style – lyrical, flowing, velvety style, so operatic that you come away with sequences in your head like arias.” – Pauline Kael. “All at once, The Conformist is a bludgeoning indictment of fascistic follow-the-leader and an orgasm of coolness, ravishing compositions, camera gymnastics, and atmospheric resonance—as if its decadent, twilit-art deco-noir style is itself a refutation of…

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“A bracing and disturbing film.”–Janet Maslin, The New York Times. Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, this uncompromising critique of idealism from acclaimed director Krzysztov Zanussi centers on Witold, a young electrician who yearns for the purity of mathematics and the remote Himalayan peaks where his father, a noted mountain-climber, died under mysterious circumstances. Instead, he finds himself coming unstuck in a…

Cookies Fortune

“The sweet assurance and guerrilla wit of Robert Altman’s vintage ensemble films makes a serenely captivating return with Cookie’s Fortune. In this seamlessly copacetic treat, Mr. Altman once again dreams up a well-rounded community of symbiotic oddballs, then effortlessly lures the viewer into their world. With a fine cast working on a single, nicely eccentric wavelength, he and the screenwriter Anne Rapp turn…

Dangerous Liaisons

Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses was the basis for this Academy Award-winning Stephen Frears film, with Close notching one of her six Oscar nominations. The plot is motivated by a cruel wager between the beautiful but debauched Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and her misogynistic former lover,…

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“Imagine a mashup of Cirque du Soleil, steampunk and Bollywood—throw in a few motorcycle chases, a love story, a secret double, a heist and the year’s funkiest music—and you’re just beginning to scratch the surface of Dhoom 3. The crazy thing is, it all works. Although director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s story nominally follows the exploits of a pair of Indian buddy cops (Jai,…

Disarming Falcons

An elegant documentary shot in tribal Pakistan about the sport of falconry, as the falcons and falconers pursue the wily Houbara Bustard bird. Part of Shorts: Program I