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It’s starting out like just another aimless day down Montevideo way for a trio of teenage buddies, until the luckless Leche steps in it—literally. Scraping off his shoe, he bemoans this omen that he’s doomed—for the nth time—to flunk the Italian test standing between him and high school graduation. More important, it bodes ill for the crush he has on his older tutor.… Continued

When a Basque family’s eldest son decides not to take over the family farm, sensitive daughter Amaia steps in to convince their controlling father Tomás of the inevitability of change. A film of rare lyricism and visual poetry, writer-director Asier Altuna’s first solo dramatic feature is a sumptuous and deeply felt exploration of the struggle to maintain the customs that form identity against… Continued

World Premiere Raymond Luc Levasseur and Pierre Marier Introduce Maine native Raymond Luc Levasseur was posted on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List in 1977 for his involvement in bombings perpetrated by the United Freedom Front, before finally being arrested in 1984. From his prison cell in 1992, Levasseur, who, along with many others, saw himself as a political prisoner, wrote “My Blood… Continued

Rosamond Purcell Introduces An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell, featuring extensive scenes from her work at the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, Maine and from her years-long obsession with William Buckminster’s junkyard in Owls Head, Maine, is an in-depth portrait of the contemporary photographer Rosamond Purcell, whose sometimes disturbing, but always breathtaking, pictures challenge our accepted notions of death… Continued

1946. World War II has ended but young André Villers is dying of bone tuberculosis. Doctors at the sanatorium in the South of France will save his life in extremis but André will have to spend the next five years in a whole body cast, from head to toe, unable to move. At 21, he will learn how to walk again, how to… Continued

  • Saturday, July 09, 10:30 am / Special Events
  • Saturday, July 09, 1:00 pm / Special Events

Ygor and Ceci of VJ Suave have traveled the world with their stunning animation and are excited to share their skills and experiences with aspiring animators and digital mappers of all ages! In these special workshops, one for youth and one for adults, VJ Suave will teach you how to use free animation software to bring your creative ideas to life… and project… Continued

New York magazine’s October 2005 issue sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about his sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was dreamed up by 40-year-old San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us… Continued

As spectacular and over-the-top as any Bollywood film in a long time—which is REALLY saying something, and meant as a compliment!—Bajirao Mastani immortalizes the journey of star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of war. Set in 18th century Hindustan, this is a truly epic tale of passion, bravery, betrayal, and, above all, love. Mounted with lavish sets, elaborate costumes, soulful music, and mesmerizing dance,… Continued

On the verge of at last finding a decent job, a young woman is asked to come to the aid of her troubled cousin. Shown as a part of Maine Shorts 1. Continued

Damien, the son of a military family, lives in southwestern France with his mother, a doctor, while his father is away in the Central African Republic. As a gay teenager, Damien is given a hard time by Tom, a boy at school from a mountain, farming background, whose adoptive mother falls ill. The repulsion and violence they display to one another takes on… Continued

“An Italian filmmaker chronicles his mother’s attempts to unravel a family secret in Between Sisters. The subjects of the involving film are his mother and aunt, both residents of the mountain-rimmed town of Rovereto in northern Italy, one of them doggedly guarding a family secret. A deceptively narrow focus gives way to affecting observations about aging, familial bonds, and repressive traditions that shaped… Continued

Work-in-Progress Premiere Screening The plantations in Entre Ríos, Argentina are being devastated by a frost. At the Lell brothers’ farm, where they live with their nephew Lucas, a young woman appears and the farm starts to recover: the vegetables survive the frost, Lucas’s greyhound performs well on the racetrack and fish appear in an abandoned pond. The Lells are in awe, but the… Continued

New digital restoration of the directors’ cut! Nobody knew who the directors and writers who called themselves “The Coen Brothers” were when Blood Simple was first released in 1984. We sure do now, and this razor-sharp modern film noir, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen, introduced the brothers’ inimitable black humor and eccentric sense of character, a sensibility that has helped… Continued

It’s arguable that Bonnie and Clyde is the most important, influential movie of the past half-century, galvanizing both the politics of its audience and the start of the most innovative period in the history of American moviemaking. At first dismissed by reigning critics of its time (1967), the film found a groundswell of support from an audience that Hollywood hadn’t paid attention to—a… Continued

A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film this year, The Brand New Testament begins with one simple conceit: God exists! He lives in Brussels and he’s a real bastard, a petty tyrant to his wife and daughter. His son is known well; JC managed to escape his father’s grasp and live among us, getting himself killed in the process. But God… Continued

Shane is a former hitman whose old protégé shows up, bringing with him enough trouble to ruin the new life Shane has built for himself and his family. Shown as a part of Crime Doesn’t Pay. Continued

  • Wednesday, July 13, 9:30 pm / Special Events

Come and celebrate the world premiere of the restoration of Peyton Place. Light appetizers, cash bar. 18 Below, 18 Silver Street Continued

Orson Welles’ dream of four decades (his cobbling together of four of the history plays, “Five Kings,” sank his celebrated Mercury Theater in 1938), his final—and arguably greatest—Shakespearean adaptation, is Chimes at Midnight (Falstaff). His wintry lament for the “death of Merrie England” with Welles’ “plump Jack Falstaff”—a part that, over the years, he grew into, quite literally—as the force of love and… Continued

  • Sunday, July 17, 9:00 pm / Special Events

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

  • Sunday, July 10, 3:00 pm / Special Events

With the unique sounds of composer and multi-instrumentalist, Nate Tucker; come view a program of classic, silent shorts from the era of Charlie Chaplin, Felix the Cat, and Winsor McCay. In the grand tradition of silent musical accompaniment, Nate will be composing and performing original music, including live electronic music, foley percussion, and more for several silent films. Open discussion with Nate Tucker… Continued

Tunnel Vision U.S.A. 2015 – Digital Projection – 20 Minutes In English Director, Print Courtesy: Sarah Downey Johnny is a successful hustler in the world of concert promotion who comes to realize that his own attorney is the biggest crook of all. Roman Citizen Italy, U.S.A. 2015 – Digital Projection – 40 Minutes In English Director, Writer, Print Courtesy: Luca Elmi Revenge is… Continued

Ahti Ikonen is a reliable captain at the height of his career. He is in command of the 35,000-ton container vessel Brugge, which enters the Port of Savannah, its United States call, behind schedule. The loading of the ship commences in haste as the crew, led by the ambitious Romanian officer Katia, works by the piece dazedly and ill-advisedly so that they may… Continued

“Since the stern art of poetry calls for words, I, morose, deaf, and balding ambassador of a more or less insignificant nation that’s stuck in this super power, wishing to spare my old brain, hand myself my own topcoat and head for the main street: to purchase the evening paper.”—Joseph Brodsky Stanislav Govorukhin’s black and white retrodrama, based on Dovlatov’s “The Compromise” (though… Continued

When a bone marrow donor backs out of her daughter’s life-saving procedure, a desperate mother comes to terms with what she is willing to do about it. Shown as a part of Maine Shorts 2. Continued

World Premiere! Director Doug Morrione and Cowboy Storyteller/Yodeler/Singer Gary McMahan Introduce: The fact that director Doug Morrione was raised in Winslow, Maine only makes his remarkable achievement in making perhaps the definitive “Cowboy as Artist” documentary even more impressive! Everything in the Song is True is his feature length documentary film about four iconic characters who define the American West. Gary McMahan is… Continued