2018 Film Program

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Her presence was so great that they had to come up with an honorific, unmistakable name for her, as they did “The King” for Elvis. And so they dubbed her “La Sanda,” an even more distinctive and personal name for an actress whose presence marked every role she ever took.  Has any actor or actress ever started their careers by working, virtually without… Continued

Thunder Sawada’s understated, beautiful black-and white film comes from his desire to “persuasively present the rights or perspectives of people who are cowards, traitors or hateful towards others.” In Dream of Illumination, his story is about a man who runs a real-estate business and has considerable power over his beautiful Hokkaido mountain town with his machinations, though he is polite on the surface.… Continued

A young girl spends one day in the afterlife attempting to reconnect with her mother. Shown as part of Maine Shorts. Continued

A woman encounters the darker side of being empathetic to a stranger. Shown as part of Maine Shorts. Continued

Totally affecting and totally unaffected, Fake Tattoos (Les Faux Tatouages) is a sweet punk romance from Québec. Does that sound like a contradiction in terms? In Pascal Plante’s Best Canadian Film prizewinner at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, it’s truly not. Theo spends his 18th birthday alone, getting drunk at a brutal punk rock show. There, he meets Mag, a marginal teenager who… Continued

U.S. Premiere! Family First is a visceral shock to the system, a film so suffused with raw energy and excitement that it calls to mind the rush of early Martin Scorsese. In particular, the Scorsese film Family First brings to mind is Mean Streets, with its story of familial loyalty in a shady world, and in the incandescent performance of Théodore Pellerin, whose… Continued

Not only did The Garden of the Finzi-Continis win an Oscar in 1972 for Best Foreign Language Film, but it became a worldwide box office smash, playing in dubbed English as well as subtitled versions in towns like Waterville (yes, back in the day when there was no Railroad Square Cinema or anything remotely like it). Vittorio De Sica, best known for The… Continued

Forged by his own words and images, Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is a stunningly intimate portrait of a man who both personified his era and transformed it. It’s the first documentary film on the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand––the epic storyteller in pictures of America across three turbulent decades. His artistry encompassed the heartbreak, violence, hope, and turmoil… Continued

“(In) Nicole Garcia’s lovely surprise of a romantic drama…pretty much everybody but Baptiste (Pierre Rochefort), a soulful young teacher, is going away for a long holiday weekend. When he gives a student a ride home, it turns out that that the student’s father forgot he was on dad duty. He’s going away too, taking his selfish girlfriend to Monaco. Baptiste volunteers to baby-sit,… Continued

A child visiting an antique shop learns dark secrets about an object he finds there. Shown as part of Maine Shorts. Continued

Want to rediscover the thrill of cinema? Try seeing Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s mind-blowingly subversive Brazilian surprise, Good Manners, “a fairy tale, a horror movie, a romance, a musical and a social parable…ALL-IN-ONE MOVIE!”—Film De Culto. Clara is a care worker living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts the position of live-in nanny to the… Continued

A ‘fish of divorce’ suffers when his owners split up. Shown as part of International Shorts. Continued

A farm in Auburn, Maine has been transformed into a space for people with developmental disabilities. Shown as part of Maine Shorts. Continued

Hal

Ashby’s singular genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning films in the 1970s. His legacy is undeniable: Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound for Glory, Coming Home, and Being There. And yet, the obsessive and uncompromising nature that brought us these films became his downfall. In Hal, on-camera interviews with Oscar-winning actors Lee Grant, Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Louis Gossett… Continued

“The Shining meets a Vittorio De Sica film” (AP) in Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s predecessor to the incredible mixed genres of Good Manners. In Hard Labor, a middle-class couple slowly succumbs to the allures of entrepreneurship and the horrors of a schizophrenic job market. As Helena starts a new business venture  (a small grocery store), her white-collar husband Otávio is let go… Continued

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened, and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality, having to find her way in a world of matters that… Continued

When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed… Continued

Sanda won the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Actress prize for The Inheritance, Mauro Bolognini’s sumptuous 19th century-set drama. Sanda plays Irene, a calculating yet nonetheless sympathetic schemer who marries the son of a wealthy aging man (played in characteristically larger than life fashion by Zorba the Greek’s Anthony Quinn) estranged from his sons, then seduces his brother, all with an eye on moving… Continued

Into the Blue Croatia 2017 – DCP – 19 minutes In Croatian with English subtitles Director: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic Producers: Zoran Dzeverdanovic, Vlaho Krile, Barbara Vekaric Screenplay: Christina Lazaridi, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic Cast: Natasa Dangubic, Dominik Duzdevic, Gracija Filipovic, Marija Kohn, Andro Rezic, Vanesa Vidakovic Natrlin 13 year old Julija finds that rejection from her best friend reawakens a familiar violence. The Right… Continued

13 year old Julija finds that rejection from her best friend reawakens a familiar violence. Shown as part of International Shorts. Continued

Featuring Railroad Square’s very own Nancy Bixler, this documentary examines the art of “art handling” behind the Colby College Museum of Art’s exhibitions. Shown as part of Maine Shorts. Continued

U.S. Premiere! Maverick underground American/Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Sublime Frequencies) lands as a stranger in Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings, and teams up with three young Egyptian musicians for the  translation of his old songs into Arabic. Under Bishop’s mentorship, this unlikely collaboration transforms into a band, The Invisible Hands. Structured around fly-on-the-wall scenes, archival ghost apparitions,… Continued

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!” Well, Lewis Carroll’s poem from Through the Looking Glass goes on to also warn its young hero to also “beware the Jubjub bird and shun the frumious Bandersnatch,” but it was the Jabberwocky, as depicted in John Tenniel’s unforgettable original illustration, that seized many young minds, including Monty Python’s Terry… Continued

An Oscar nominee in 1960 and Golden Globe winner that same year, La Vérité has subsequently been almost forgotten, though it’s directed by no less than the great French creator of The Wages of Fear and Diabolique, Henri-Georges Clouzot, and stars the greatest French star of her era, Brigitte Bardot. Forgotten no more, this dazzling new DCP restoration brings the film the attention… Continued