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Film screening to be followed by presentation of inaugural Karl Struss Legacy Award to Roger A. Deakins “The wages of sin, guilt, vengeance and redemption weigh heavy on the characters of Prisoners, a spellbinding, sensationally effective thriller with a complex moral center that marks a grand-slam English-lingo debut for the gifted Québécois director Denis Villeneuve. Powered by an unusually rich, twisty script by… Continued

A mother’s loss of her infant spurs visitations from its incarnations, had it survived. 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

“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” Across walls, fences and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. “Before the… Continued

The only filmed interviews with the legendary cast of The Whales of August during the film’s production occurred when a BBC unit arrived on Cliff Island to capture the experience. These candid, unedited interviews acquire a new historic relevance in light of the film’s 30th anniversary. Featuring Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey, Jr., director Lindsay Anderson, and others.… Continued

In this snappy sci-fi, an animator interviewing for her dream job, realizes that the very strengths that landed her the interview in the first place, will be the first casualties should she accept. 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… Continued

In this ruminative experimental film, a young boy travels on his bike removing road kill and burying it. 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

Well, yeah, there was that guy in The Village People who wore the headdress all the time. And there was Redbone, the Native American rock group who scored a massive hit with “Come and Get Your Love.” But the real role of Native Americans in the history of rock and roll is way bigger than that, including Jimi Hendrix, The Band’s Robbie Robertson… Continued

What’s the #1 ranked movie of all time, according to almost two million users who rated it on IMDb? The Shawshank Redemption, based on a novella by someone who should know about Maine, Stephen King. Wrongly convicted, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in in Maine’s Shawshank prison for the murders of his wife and her lover. Set… Continued

El ser magnético : The last two remaining members of a cult come to an impasse over the propriety of a snack purchased from a street vendor; Dots: Her vision fading, a teenage girl girl goes on a solo nighttime journey to gather ‘textures of light’ to share with her mother; Child for Child: A professional kidnapper has the tables turned on him… Continued

What My Friends Do on a Saturday Night: Is wanting to watch a final episode of your favorite TV show too much to ask? Yes, when it’s Saturday night and your friends begin dropping by!; Bobby and Sonny: The winsome subjects of this documentary are two lifetime lobstermen working on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine; Road Kill: In this ruminative experimental film, a… Continued

Fell: Deep in the woods, two young children divulge the unusual tale of their true origin; Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was; This blistering animated film portrays a woman behaving badly at a barbecue, and the ensuing consequences; The Dance of the Outsider: A French Nouveau film set in the ’60s, a prostitute goes to the wrong address and ends up… Continued

“James Bond is now 50 years old and wearing his years very well in Skyfall. The most significant reset of the 23-film series that’s unconnected to a change of the actor playing 007, this long-awaited third outing for Daniel Craig feels more seriously connected to real-world concerns than any previous entry, despite the usual outlandish action scenes, glittering settings and larger-than-life characters. Dramatically… Continued

Although each of its trio of nonpareil acting performances—by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta—earned Golden Globe nominations when it was first released in 1986, Something Wild still ranks as an underseen masterpiece—clearly one of the great films of American cinema of the 1980s if not ever, and Jonathan’s absolute finest, Oscar for Silence of the Lambs to the contrary. This film… Continued

You may have seen movies about musicians, but you’ve never seen one like this. You may have seen movies about Ireland, but you’ve never seen one like this. “Shot in black-and-white and mostly in the Irish language, this is a soulful, austere piece of auteur filmmaking which shirks narrative convention for a story told through haunting sound and fleeting impressions. Layering the life… Continued

MIFF 2017 Opening Night Film “A different language is a different vision of life”—Federico Fellini. Spectacularly shot on Monhegan Island off Midcoast Maine, The Sounding is a film that speaks to all of us as it tells its haunting story of a woman who chooses to speak only in her own way. Raised on a remote Maine island by her grandfather Lionel, Liv… Continued

Experience the mysteries and revelations of Andrei Tarkovsky’s (Solaris) 1979 science fiction masterpiece in a new digital restoration! Almost 40 years after its creation, Stalker looks profoundly prophetic—as well as metaphysically poetic. Twenty years ago, a falling object decimated a provincial Russian town, and those who later went near the crash site— now known as The Zone disappeared. Access is strictly prohibited, but… Continued

Director Hilary Brougher has been back to MIFF several times, but she returns this year as our longest-lasting MIFF friend–and one of our very favorites!—having been here first with her debut feature, The Sticky Fingers of Time, in the first of our 20 years. Hilary’s been back with her wonderful second feature, Stephanie Daly, and last year with her arresting short Wake, Oh… Continued

Has there ever been a music film with the unforgettably propulsive energy conveyed to the screen of Stop Making Sense? Jonathan’s first documentary hits a grand slam home run off a true curve ball as The Talking Heads, the idiosyncratic newwave group led by David Byrne, burn up both the stage at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood and the imagination of viewers. The… Continued

Oscar winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this absorbing story of a woman looking to make her life right. Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann (Motherhood), Strange Weather draws you into its sultry Southern milieu and takes you on a back-roads trek you won’t soon forget. Darcy Baylor is an academic administrator at a Georgia college, but another round of budget… Continued

  • Saturday, July 22, 2:00 pm / Special Events

Jorgensen’s Cafe, 103 Main St Come celebrate Maine’s youngest filmmakers at the Student Filmmakers’ Reception following the 40th Annual Maine Student Film & Video Festival. Free admission. Continued

The breakout discovery of the recent 2017 Berlinale, where it was named Best First Feature, Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood in years. In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year-old Frida is forced from busy Barcelona to the quiet Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her… Continued

Accompanied by World Premiere Performance of a live, newly-written score by Mark Tipton and Les Sorcieres Perdus Quick: What film won the first Best Film Oscar? Okay, you figured it out. But here’s the thing: they got it right the first time out! One of the last films of the Silent Era, Sunrise makes you wish that era had never ended. F.W. Murnau’s… Continued

Don’t try to make sense of this visually stunning, mind-blowing sci-fi experimental film—just go with it! 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

To celebrate her 50th birthday, filmmaker and MIFF vet Lynne Sachs gathers together other people, men and women who have lived through precisely the same years but come from places like Iran or Cuba or Australia or the Lower East Side— not Memphis, Tennessee where Sachs grew up. She invites 12 fellow New Yorkers – born across several continents in the 1960s –… Continued

After jaunts through northern England and Italy in The Trip and The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs… Continued