FULL LENGTH FEATURES & DOCUMENTARIES:
France/Australia/UK 2019 103min [In French with subtitles] Fri 8:00 & Sat 5:30
Winner of the Grand Prize at the SXSW Film Festival this year, a film with a sensational subject that never goes where you think it will and has a very human, very female-centered focus. After discovering that her husband’s secret addiction to escorts has left their family penniless and her marriage apparently over, Alice finds an unexpected means of caring for herself and her child.
AROUND THE SUN
United Kingdom 2019 98min [In English]
Sat 5:00 & Sun 8:30
Bernard (Gethin Anthony, Game of Thrones), a film location scout, tours a repossessed and crumbling French château. Over the course of an afternoon, he falls for both the place and its owner’s flirtatious representative, Maggie (Cara Theobold, Downton Abbey), who recounts the story of an influential book written and set there. A pleasure for lovers of talk, life, love, châteaux, and/or summer.
BONGEE BEAR AND THE KINGDOM OF RHYTHM
USA 2019 82min [In English]
Sat 6:00 & Sun 2:15
Winslow, Maine-based Brian Zemrak and his California-based brother Derek have been at work on this charming animated family film musical for a decade and a half. In the Kingdom of Rhythm, a young orphan bear, Bongee, must break an evil spell and return singing and dancing to the land. A tender, fun-filled musical romp in the tradition of classic fairytales.
Argentina/Italy 2018 77min [In Spanish with subtitles]
Fri 9:00 & Sun 2:00
Marked by a wry, understated humor that seems to come from another world, this first feature delivers genuine satisfaction. Clara and Alejandro are moving to a new home; he travels for work and she stays surrounded by boxes and wrapped objects. Alone, she lives new and unforeseen experiences while something awakens inside her.
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MOVIE?
USA 2018 124min [In English]
Sat 2:00 & Sun 7:30
Told entirely with found footage, a love letter to the magic and power of cinematic experiences as shared by strangers in the dark. Director/editor Paul Anton Smith uses both iconic and obscure scenes from over a thousand movies of every genre, spanning eighty years of cinema, to hold up a mirror to all of the romance, mystery, and mayhem of our collective imaginations.
HIS MASTER'S VOICE
Hungary/Canada 2018 108min [In English and Hungarian with subtitles]
Sat 9:00 & Sun 3:30
A man travels from Hungary to track down his long-lost father and ends up discovering much more, including, but not limited to, the secrets of the universe. Peter searches for the truth behind his scientist father’ disappearance in the 1970s. In a parallel story that plays out in the far-flung future, an earth spaceship has reached an alien home world and is attempting to establish contact.
Switzerland/Chile 2018 92min [In Spanish and French with subtitles]
Sat 2:00 & Sun 9:00
Robinson Crusoe is a small island west of the Chilean coast where in 1704 a Scottish sailor lived the incredible experience that inspired Defoe’s novel that gave the island its name. In 1877, the island became the property of a young Swiss aristocrat. Its inhabitants today are strongly attached to their identity and reject everything coming from the outside: animals, plants, and people. Is it a bastion from the rest of the world? Or an example of xenophobia, fear, and anger?
IN THE MOON'S SHADOW
USA 2018 77min [In English]
Fri 7:15 & Sat 4:15
Shot in greater part in the Belgrade Lakes region of Central Maine, and featuring stunning footage of the 2017 solar eclipse to highlight a story that focuses on seeing the familiar differently. Maine’s own Debra Cooke and Elissa Piszel play long-estranged sisters displaced by time and place who reconnect at a moment when their lives feel out of control.
PUPILLE (IN SAFE HANDS)
France/Belgium 2018 107min [In French with subtitles]
MIFF 2019 Audience Award 2nd Place
Fri 5:45 & Mon 7:15
Nominated for no less than seven César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent) including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (two nominations), Best Actor, and Best Screenplay, this compassionate, closely observed, beautifully acted, and ultimately moving and uplifting film follows the adoption of a child via France’s extremely conscientious social agencies.
USA 2019 82min [In English]
Sat 9:30 & Mon 5:30
A meditation on a particular sort of love that grows in the wreckage of broken things. Lila is an artist and teacher who lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her writer/husband, Edgar. When Edgar unexpectedly announces the birth of a child with another woman, Lila begins a friendship with a younger man. Set in the lush span of a single summer, the film is a portrait of a woman at a moment of loss and reconfiguration.
SHORT FILM PROGRAMS:
a celebration of the short film form in its many genres: dramatic, animated & documentary
WIND WATER AND MUSIC: ETHNOGRAPHIC IRAN
Iran 81min [In Farsi with subtitles]
Sat 3:45, Sun 7:20
BAAD (THE WIND)
A poetic depiction of the story of the “Zar” spiritual ritual in southern Iran. Spirits ride the wind of the seas and spread illness to human beings. The Zar ceremony can free the body with the assistance of music and song. Those who perform this ceremony are called MamaZar or BabaZar (mother or father of the wind). Many of the events captured in this documentary have never been filmed before.
AHLE AB (WATERFOLK)
A poetic journey into the everyday life of a fisherwoman from Hengam island in Southern Iran in the Persian Gulf. Accompanied by a family member or a friend, she goes to the sea every day for fish in order to provide for her family.
IT HAPPENED HERE: NEW ENGLAND STORIES
USA 78min [In English]
Sat 7:45, Sun 4:00
CHANGE THE SUBJECT
In the Dartmouth College library, a student discovers that information on the topic of undocumented U.S. immigrants is filed under the subject “Illegal Aliens.” Asking the librarian if the xenophobic term could be changed she discovers that the term originated in the Library of Congress. Thus begins a journey to overturn the way racist terminology affects even “objective” language and categorization in US culture.
WE WERE AN ISLAND
Inspired by current Placentia Island steward Peter Blanchard III's book, Southwest Harbor-based filmmaker Peter Logue directs Louden Wainwright III and Becky Ann Baker as Art and Nan Kellan. In this poignant and deeply romantic story, and working from a screenplay by playwright Jahn Sood, he imagines their life on otherwise uninhabited Placentia Island from 1949 to 1985.
MAINE SHORT FILMS
Sun 5:45, Mon 7:30
Director, Screenplay: Will Berry 2017 4min [In Esperanto with subtitles] An Esperanto speaker tries to make it in Nashville.
THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING
Director, Producer, Screenplay: Elizabeth Tova Bailey 2019 15min [In English]
Yes, they can be heard and the sound will thrill you!
Director, Producer, Screenplay: Gordon LePage 2019 9min [In English] Claymation tale of a girl waltzing between worlds at a museum gala.
THE GREY ZONE
Director, Writer: Brian Gersten USA/Canada 2018 16min [In English] Documentary exploring the land dispute over Machias Seal Island between the US and Canada.
NIGHT OF THE FLUFFET
Director: Raymond Wallace 2018 8min [In English with subtitles] A household is invaded by a cartoon puppet.
Director, Writer: Lauren Shaw 2019 12min [In English] Get to know the poet, woodworker, and Belgrade Lakes resident John Willey.
Director, Screenplay: Martha Campbell 2018 5min [in English] A man rakes the forest floor in this stop-motion film.
Director: Ryan Hart 2019 22min [In English] A man changes vocations from surveillance to stand-up comedy.
* SHORT FILMS FROM AWAY
Sat 7:30, Mon 6:00
Director: Lance Edmunds USA 2018 11min [In English] A couple driving at night encounters a man in the middle of the road.
Director, Screenplay: Patrick Moser USA 2018 14min [In English]
A cardboard monster looks for purpose in life.
LA BRUJA DE FOSFORO PASEANTE
Director, Screenplay: Sophia Carillo Mexico 2018 16min [In Spanish with subtitles] In this period Western, a woman and her witchy mother-in-law go at it.
HIDING IN DAYLIGHT
Director: Cheryl Allison Usa 2018 15min [In English]
In the near future, two gay couples navigate the law against their unions.
TODO SE CALMA
Director, Screenplay, Producer: Virginia Scaro Argentina 2018 15min [In Spanish with subtitles] In the confines of her apartment, a woman winsomely evades her sanity.