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The Last Pig is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. For over a decade, Bob Comis has provided a humane—even idyllic—life for the pigs he farms. But as he cares for the pigs, he develops a respect that begins to haunt him; weekly trips to the slaughterhouse become agonizing. With 250 pigs… Continued

New digital restoration! “Melville’s style is at one with his substance—hard, cold, illusionless, yet presented with such panache that against all expectation, it breeds joy” — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker. Michael Sragow (also in The New Yorker, but much earlier) called Le Cercle Rouge, Jean-Pierre Melville’s mesmerizing and diamond-hard robbery film, “a deluxe piece of heist engineering,” and praised the director’s characteristically… Continued

In this horror rom-com, a spineless young man courts adulthood by expressing his true feelings to his deranged girlfriend. 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 2 / Buy… Continued

This blistering animated film portrays a woman behaving badly at a barbecue, and the ensuing consequences. 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 2 / Buy Tickets » Continued

Director Sky Bergman on her truly uplifting film: “My inspiration for the Lives Well Lived project was my 103 year old Italian grandmother who enjoyed exercise, making the best lasagna you’ve ever tasted, and being with family. She showed me by example that age is truly just a number. I started filming my grandmother cooking about five years ago, when she was 99… Continued

Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, and Dermot Mulroney star in Tom’s quirky yet scathing Sundance Award-Winning comedy set in one hellish day in the life of an independent filmmaker. All small-time director Nick Reve wants is to realize his artistic vision within the confines of an extremely low budget. Unfortunately he keeps encountering a maddening number of obstacles, both real and imagined.  “I wrote… Continued

Arshak Amirbekyan charmed everyone on his first visit to MIFF from his native Armenia with both his film, Three Evenings, and his presence. His new film, Mariam’s Day Off, is shot in stunning black and white, and equally sure to captivate. Without ever going where the audience imagines it’s going to go, Mariam’s Day Off follows a lovely young prostitute who meets an… Continued

The Maribor Uprisings not only looks to a new world politically, but cinematically, offering democracy in subject and in form as the audience at MIFF will literally decide where the film will take them! In this new documentary by Central Mainers Maple Rasza and Milo Guillén, twice the people went into the streets. Twice the police drove them away. What began as protests… Continued

MIFF Midlife winner Jay Cocks, who wrote one of this year’s finest films, Silence, for his long-time collaborator, Martin Scorsese, has chosen to present the work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,  “The Archers,” whose astonishing filmography of British masterpieces include Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp and this imaginative masterpiece, also known as Stairway to Heaven.… Continued

  • Saturday, July 15, 2:00 pm / Special Events
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Common Street Arts, 93 Main Street Open daily 2:00-9:00 p.m. Free admission MIFFONEDGE Vol. 5 features a series of audiovisual works that challenge how we look at, listen to, and think about film.  By exploring the intersections between art and cinema, the works featured in MIFFONEDGE challenge us to rethink our experience of the moving image. Harry Smith This year, we pay tribute… Continued

MIFF Mid-Life Achievement Winner Lili Taylor stars—with no supporting cast!—in Modern Houses as Max Lin, architecture’s brightest star, about to unveil the model for her most brilliant design yet. It’s perfect beyond the shadow of a doubt… or a whisper… which she starts to hear. Shown with The Last Pig. Sunday, July 16, 6:15 p.m., RR2 Monday, July 17, 3:00 p.m., RR3 Continued

Some say that hair is a woman’s crowning glory. You are your hair. But what if you are a woman and don’t have any? Mop Cap: An Alopecia Story is a new film about one midcoast Maine woman’s experience with lifelong hair loss. This film delves into issues of femininity, sexuality and difference and explores how creativity, the natural world and self-care become… Continued

Who looks on the sea, sees it for the first time, Every time, with the wonder distilled From elementary things – from beautiful Evenings, the moon, the leap of a bonfire. Who is the sea, and who am I?  The day That follows my last agony shall say. —“El mar” by Jorge Luis Borges from El otro, el mismo, Translated by John Updike.… Continued

“Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Tarik Saleh’s unforgiving political thriller, which incrementally shifts focus from the grimy back streets of Cairo to the highest levels of parliament in the course of a scandalous murder investigation…. The Nile Hilton Incident represents the type of penetrating filmmaking that only a writer-director intimately familiar with Egyptian culture but possessing an outsider’s perspective could convincingly… Continued

Academy Award Winners: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, 2007. “No Country for Old Men is the first movie I’ve seen in a very long while that deserves to be called a masterpiece. It’s such a stunning achievement in storytelling that, when the DVD comes out, I’d wager you could even turn off the sound and hardly miss a thing. This really isn’t a… Continued

Nico, in his mid-30s, is a young Argentine actor fighting to build a career in the U.S. without assistance or connections, never too far from heartbreaking failure, but often blinded by the mirage of immediate success. Nico has left a promising acting career in Argentina, after a tumultuous break-up with Martin, his mentor/producer. He lands in New York, lured into believing that his… Continued

Zahira is a young woman from a Pakistani family in Belgium, leading a crazy but “normal” life, like that of her non-Pakistani friends. But with an unexpected pregnancy, Zahira turns to her best friend Aurore and her trusted elder brother Amir to help her figure out what to do. Though her family seems initially supportive, and clearly love her, they have their own… Continued

“Patricia Ramos grew up in a Havana neighborhood where she observed a host of people going on about their lives on the rooftops, almost akin to an alternate city. Her feature debut, El Techo (On the Roof) turns on three people in their early twenties, who pass the time on a rooftop telling stories and relating their dreams. One of them, despite his… Continued

New 35mm restoration! Marlon Brando’s one and only film as a director (and yes, he also stars—does he ever!) is this unconventional 1961 western (originally planned for and by Stanley Kubrick) which notched cinematographer Charles Lang an Oscar nomination. Brando plays Rio, an embittered anti-hero sold down the river by his bank-robbing partner, Dad (Karl Malden). Years later, Rio escapes from the prison… Continued

  • Friday, July 14, 9:00 pm / Special Events

Castonguay Square (outside the Waterville Opera House) Kick off the 20th anniversary MIFF with live music by Muddy Ruckus. Outdoor projection by LumenARRT! Catered by Silver Street Tavern. Cash bar. Free and open to the public. Continued

Russia’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s awards also won the Best Director Prize at the Venice Film Festival for Andrei Konchalovskiy (Maria’s Lovers, Siberiade). Shot in truly stunning black-and-white, Paradise tells the compelling story of three individuals, Olga, Jules and Helmut, whose paths cross amidst the devastation of war. Olga, a Russian aristocratic immigrant and member… Continued

  • Thursday, July 20, 8:30 pm / Special Events

Amici’s Cucina, 137 Main Street Raise a glass to MIFF 2017 Mid-Life Achievement Award honoree Lauren Hutton. Light refreshments, cash bar. Free admission Continued

  • Monday, July 17, 9:30 pm / Special Events

Riverside Farm Market 291 Fairfield Street, Oakland Join us as we celebrate our inaugural Karl Struss Legacy Award honoree Roger Deakins. Light refreshments, cash bar. Continued

PechaKucha Night Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. *Featuring a presentation by festival programmer Ken Eisen! Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Presentations at 7:20 p.m., Castonguay Square. Free Admission. Learn more. Continued