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“Some experiences resist narrative. The eight days in which Sham, a single mother, and her two children cross eight borders to make it from Syria to Germany do not come neatly packaged in a way that makes it easy for Western audiences to consume. Instead, the viewer is invited along for the ride—not as an analyst, not as a film buff, but as… Continued

Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Girl, Birdman) delivers a stunningly true performance in the second film by writer-director Angus MacLachlan, the North Carolina-based playwright whose previous screenplays include Junebug, Goodbye to All That and Stone.  Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Abundant Acreage Available takes place entirely on a North Carolina farm and its surrounding area, and the land—besides Ryan!—is the film’s real star.… Continued

Michael Murphy narrates a tour of the one-of-a-kind Manhattan apartment of longtime director Robert Altman and his wife and frequent MIFF guest Kathryn Altman. Shown with A Wedding. Wednesday, July 19, 3:30 p.m., RR1 Continued

“A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader’s ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills’ swankiest establishments, and a stable of rich, older female clients. But it all falls apart after he does a favor for his former pimp and the trick turns up dead a short… Continued

This documentary chronicles the efforts of the photographer Tanja Hollander to travel the world, visiting all 626 of her Facebook ‘friends’ to take their portrait. Part of Maine Shorts. Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Saturday, July 22, 3:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Sunday, July 23, 3:30 pm /… Continued

  • Thursday, July 20, 9:00 pm / Special Events

Venue: Common Street Arts. 93 Main Street Kerry Laitala returns to MIFF with a multi-projector, live performance of some of her work. Kerry will be joined by her musical collaborator Wobbly performing live some of the sound for her films. With these works, cinema becomes a unique, live performance event. Part of MIFFONEDGE Volume 5. Free admission. Continued

Watching Axolotl Overkill is not unlike watching Godard’s Breathless in 1960, or Scorsese’s Mean Streets in 1973. An instant adrenaline immersion in a new way of making movies, a different way of being in the world. Only this time, one of those differences is gender. Director Helene Hegemann was 17 when she wrote the novel Axolotl Overkill is based on, which became a… Continued

75th Anniversary Screening! 35mm Academy Archive print! Was Bambi, the Disney classic that made the woodlands feel like home to generations of young children as it is to the film’s animated deer, set in Maine? The movie itself never explicitly tells us, but Bambi has several significant Maine connections: photographer and artist Maurice Day, from Damariscotta, was sent here to extensively photograph the… Continued

  • Tuesday, July 18, 12:00 pm / Special Events

Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill. Free admission. Join Oscar-winning animator, animation historian, author, teacher and lecturer John Canemaker for a fascinating talk on the creation of Bambi, our Centerpiece Film!  Canemaker presents a profusely illustrated analysis of the art and life of Tyrus Wong (1910–2016), whose unique contributions to the art direction and visualization of Walt Disney’s animated film classic… Continued

The winsome subjects of this documentary are two lifetime lobstermen working on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. Part of Maine Shorts. Tuesday, July 18, 9:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Saturday, July 22, 3:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Sunday, July 23, 3:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Continued

In this quirky fable, the unexpected onset of a middle-age crisis leads a rigidly punctual electrical engineer to a timeless place where he learns that there is indeed life without deadlines. Al Fountain’s (MIFF Mid-Life Achievement Award honoree John Turturro) epiphany comes while he is overseeing the construction of a windshield-wiper plant in Drip Rock, Tennessee. Rigid, hyper-punctual (his wife in New York… Continued

Karen Young, who starred in films from Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight to Laurent Cantet’s Heading South, was a frequent MIFF guest until she became a Waterville resident and MIFF Shorts Programmer. At MIFF this year, she’s presenting Herk Harvey’s 1962 macabre masterpiece Carnival of Souls, which gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today. Made by industrial filmmakers on… Continued

Three-time festival faves from across the Atlantic, Sean Martin and Louise Milne grace us this year with no less than one world premiere and three American premieres of their films, as well as themselves! Charlie Chaplin Lived Here is a semi-sequel to Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema, a documentary about Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas’s lifelong Charlie Chaplin obsession.… Continued

A professional kidnapper has the tables turned on him after he abducts the daughter of a government official. Part of Shorts Program: International. Sunday, July 16, 12:30 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 1 / Buy Tickets » Thursday, July 20, 9:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Continued

  • Sunday, July 23, 9:00 pm / Special Events

Venue: Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse Join the MIFF staff as we close the books on 20 years of incredible cinematic experiences! Light appetizers, cash bar. Free admission. Continued

A woman insists on resolving an unsavory episode from her past, visiting the man responsible for it and threatening his new life. Part of Shorts Program: Peril. Saturday, July 15, 3:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 pm / Waterville Opera House / Buy Tickets » Friday, July 21, 9:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema… Continued

Digital restoration! “Folks have paid a lot of lip service (and rightfully so) to Demme’s chops as concert-movie director, but his documentary work tends to get short shrift – especially this portrait of the filmmaker’s cousin, an Episcopalian minister named Robert Castle who preaches the good word up in Harlem. Meeting up with his blood relative, the man behind the camera reminisces with… Continued

In this French Nouveau film set in the ’60s, a prostitute goes to the wrong address and ends up spending an illuminating afternoon with the son of a Burundian diplomat. Part of Shorts Program: Peril. Saturday, July 15, 3:15 pm / Railroad Square Cinema 2 / Buy Tickets » Wednesday, July 19, 9:30 pm / Waterville Opera House / Buy Tickets » Friday,… Continued

A Bollywood film with a female writer/director and a female central character that’s NOT mostly a romance, has a serious life lesson or two to impart and yet is still firmly in the Bollywood tradition of entertaining fun? Yup, that would be Dear Zindagi, Gauri Shinde’s winning film about young Indian cinematographer Kaira (Alia Bhatt) who returns to her family’s home in gorgeous,… Continued

What a strange and wonderful discovery—a shot-on-location-in-Maine Hollywood film from the 1940s—and a pretty darn good one! In that era, Hollywood very rarely shot films on location, using studio and Southern California settings for the far corners of the earth. Yet, 20th Century Fox sent stars Dana Andrews and Jean Peters, director Henry King and company Down East to shoot all of the… Continued

In five two-part screenings of two hours, every one entirely viewable independently of the others. If you are familiar with the profound, gorgeous, ironic, brilliant work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, you have perhaps seen his staggering ultimate work, the Three Colors trilogy from the 1990s: Blue, White, and Red, all three made in France, as was his other equally justly famed late work, The… Continued

In five two-part screenings of two hours, every one entirely viewable independently of the others. If you are familiar with the profound, gorgeous, ironic, brilliant work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, you have perhaps seen his staggering ultimate work, the Three Colors trilogy from the 1990s: Blue, White, and Red, all three made in France, as was his other equally justly famed late work, The… Continued

In five two-part screenings of two hours, every one entirely viewable independently of the others. If you are familiar with the profound, gorgeous, ironic, brilliant work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, you have perhaps seen his staggering ultimate work, the Three Colors trilogy from the 1990s: Blue, White, and Red, all three made in France, as was his other equally justly famed late work, The… Continued

In five two-part screenings of two hours, every one entirely viewable independently of the others. If you are familiar with the profound, gorgeous, ironic, brilliant work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, you have perhaps seen his staggering ultimate work, the Three Colors trilogy from the 1990s: Blue, White, and Red, all three made in France, as was his other equally justly famed late work, The… Continued

In five two-part screenings of two hours, every one entirely viewable independently of the others. If you are familiar with the profound, gorgeous, ironic, brilliant work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, you have perhaps seen his staggering ultimate work, the Three Colors trilogy from the 1990s: Blue, White, and Red, all three made in France, as was his other equally justly famed late work, The… Continued