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Down Down the Deep River

The Chain U.S.A. 2014 – Digital Projection – 47 Minutes Producer, Print Courtesy: Daniel Bérubé Director, Writer: Noël Dow Barlow Based on a story by Tobias Wolff, this thriller focuses on a seemingly innocuous act of revenge which has unexpected and disastrous consequences. Down Down the Deep River U.S.A. 2014 – Digital Projection – 42 Minutes Producer, Print Courtesy: Johnny North Director, Writer:…

Fistful of dollars

By the time Sergio Leone made A Fistful of Dollars in 1964, the Italian film industry had already produced about 20 films derisively labeled “spaghetti westerns” outside the country. The young Leone, just 35 and having made a single “sword and sandal” Roman epic before this film, approached the American Western with great love and humor—but also with irreverence, imagination and a sensibility…

Affaire de Famille

Winner of the Best European Film Award at the Avignon Film Festival. An ordinary father, a devoted wife, a studious but slightly rebellious daughter…The life of this seemingly content family is turned upside down by the discovery of a sports bag full of bank notes. Soon this “normal” French family is completely shaken up in Claus Drexel’s satiric comic thriller, his acclaimed 2008…

After Winter, Spring

In the Périgord region of southwestern France, a rural community grapples with a profound question: will they be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand years? After Winter, Spring is an intimate study of these French farmers as they struggle with that issue. Shot over three years, the film captures the daily lives of Nanou,…

ALTMAN

Director Ron Mann (Grass, Know Your Mushrooms, Comic Book Confidential), introduces and discusses his fabulous new documentary, Altman, an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (MASH, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park, and many more), America’s greatest director of the past half century. While refusing to bow down to Hollywood’s conventions, or its executives, Altman’s…

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In a country ravaged by the Khmer Rouge regime, which killed over two million people during its four-year reign in the 1970s, Cambodia’s wounds are still fresh. But what of the generation that was born after the genocide? In a land where half the population is under 20 years old, how can they rebuild the spirit of the nation to “not just a…

LOS ANGELES,CA - MARCH 7,1955: Actress Ann Sothern attends the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Director Mike Kaplan Presents: Ann Sothern is sometimes called the most under-appreciated star of the movies’ Golden Age—a brilliant comedienne (Kid Millions, Brother Orchid), a compelling dramatic actress (A Letter to Three Wives, The Whales of August) and a first-rate musical performer (Lady Be Good, Panama Hattie). Lucille Ball, her long-time friend and frequent co-star, called her “the best comedienne in the business.”…

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Prisoners of war in WWII escape with a little help from their muse, Greta Garbo. Shown as part of Maine Shorts

Archies Betty

Boston Phoenix film-critic-turned-filmmaker Gerald Peary voyages to Haverhill, MA (where cartoonist Bob Montana developed the first original drawings that would become the Archie Comics) to find out if Montana based the immortal Archie characters—Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Moose, etc.—on real-life people he knew at Haverhill High in the America of another era. He finds himself on the trail of a detective story that…

Artun

12 year old Ártún and his two buddies take a day trip from their village to Reykjavik, looking for some ‘big city’ action. Shown as part of Shorts Program I

Astraea

When an epidemic nearly wipes out the human race, a telepathic teenage girl named Astraea has visions of survivors living in New Brunswick. She leads her doubting brother on a 5000-mile journey through a silent and abandoned America into the snowbound wilderness, hoping to rebuild life as she knew it. As they head north, her clairvoyance intensifies and they encounter a wary young…

Au Bord Du Monde

Director Claus Drexel speaks about his remarkable film, which was nominated for a Prix Louis Delluc for Best French film of the year: “For many years I was hounded by the desire to meet Paris’ homeless population, those phantoms who haunt the city’s sidewalks and metro stations, omnipresent yet invisible to those who walk right by them without ever stopping. I wanted to…

Away from Her

“Fiona and Grant (Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent) have built a wonderful life over 45 years of marriage, spending what look like truly golden years enjoying a lovely lakeside cottage in a companionable balance of robust physical exercise and quietude. They’re 60-is-the-new-40 people: attractive, still sexy, cross-country skiing every day, wearing jeans and funky sweaters. When Fiona distractedly puts a frying pan in…

belltracchi

A mesmerizing, thought-provoking, yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters. An expert in art history, theory and painting techniques, Beltracchi tracked down the gaps in the oeuvres of great artists—Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, André Derain, and Max…

Birthday

A wife contends with her severely disabled husband recently home from the war in the Middle East. Shown as part of Shorts Program I

Breathe

Acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, The Concert) takes the director’s chair for this emotionally seductive and hugely affecting drama about an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession. When Charlie (Joséphine Japy)—an attractive but self-doubting 17-year-old—meets the charismatic, forthright and unruly Sarah (rising star Lou de Laâge), they immediately form an intense and exhilarating bond. Sarah offers both companionship and support…

A woman resists her solitary confinement as a Turkish political prisoner. Shown with Gitmek: My Marlon and Brando

Children of the Arctic

Children of the Arctic is a year-in-the-life portrait of five Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska—the northern-most community of the United States. As they embark on their journey into adulthood in and outside of Barrow, they wrestle with their roles as inheritors of a culture. Their decisions are tied to the fate of their community. Who will carry the Iñupiat…

  • Monday, Jul 20, 1:30 am / Special Events

Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse, 1 Post Office Square Join the MIFF staff as we celebrate the conclusion of another year of cinematic magic! Light appetizers, cash bar.

ComeToMyVoice

“A Kurdish girl and her grandmother are placed in the Kafkaesque situation of needing to find nonexistent guns in order to free the girl’s father from a Turkish prison in Come to My Voice, a beautifully crafted drama that makes full use of the stunning landscape near Lake Van, in southeastern Turkey, and whose traditional storytelling movingly conveys a sense of a community…

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In this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero), Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (superstar Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the…

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Set in the 1980s, with a compelling rock score, this film centers on two boys who form an exclusive bond based on an affinity for an action figure. Shown as part of (Not So) Shorts

Dukha in Summer

A journey to the northern Mongolian Taiga to visit the Dukha—exiled Tuvan reindeer herders. Shown as part of Shorts Program II

edge2edge
  • Saturday, Jul 11, 11:00 pm / OH

Presented by Judith Larsen Featuring dance, video, and live music, EDGE 2 EDGE is a multidimensional dive into a range of contrary forces. The light/dark patterning progressions map the positive/negative, motion, and stillness, along with many organic body interactions with diagrammatic structuring. A spinal core of this video confronts the broken laws of measurements within a black hole in order to pursue the…