Sun – Wed, Aug 5-8, 2018
Nine films over four evenings
5 & 8 PM each night
Sponsored by Juliet J. Goodfriend
The BEST films of the Maine International Film Festival will be shown at MIFF in the Mountains: nine films over four nights, Sunday through Wednesday, August 5 – 8, at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. Film lovers rejoice! A different film at 5 PM and 8 PM each evening. The complete schedule of films is below.
Individual Movie Passes – click HERE. Tickets will also be available for all shows at the door.
These nine films represent the best of American independent and international cinema. We will also spotlight some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.
More than just movies…
Audiences also have opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies – curators, professors, critics and filmmakers. Below you will find the complete list of films:
5 PM: The Children Act
United Kingdom 2017 –105 minutes In English, Dir: Richard Eyre Screenplay: Ian McEwan, Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fiona Whitehead, Ben Chaplin.
The Children Act is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns—not just the quite personal complexities of maintaining a 30-year relationship with no children of their own, but the more broad-reaching tension between the law and firmly held religious belief. –Peter DeBruge, Variety
8 PM: The Heiresses
Paraguay/Uruguay/Germany 2018– 95 minutes In Spanish and Guarani with English subtitles. Director,: Marcelo Martinessi Principal Cast: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, María Martins.
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. This understated, keenly observed film won a Best Actress prize for Ana Brun’s beautifully played performance as Chela at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. There’s not a single false note.
5 PM: Memoir of War (La Douleur)
France 2018 – DCP – 127 minutes, In French with English subtitles. Director: Emmanuel Finkiel; Based on the novel by Marguerite Duras, Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay.
Memoir of War is a haunting and hypnotic adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’ autobiographical novel, The War: A Memoir. In 1944 Nazi-occupied Paris, Marguerite Duras (Thierry) is an active Resistance member alongside her husband.
When he is deported to Dachau, she tries to free him in a high-risk game of psychological cat and mouse with French Nazi collaborators. Through subtly expressionistic images and voiceover passages of Duras’s writing, director Emmanuel Finkiel evokes the inner world of this revolutionary writer—and creates one of the most memorable movies of the year.
8 PM: Witkin & Witkin
United States/Mexico 2018 – 90 minutes, In English. Director: Trisha Ziff.
Witkin & Witkin explores the worlds of somewhat estranged identical twins who just happen to be among the pre-eminent artists of their time, working in different though related visual arts. Joel-Peter is a renowned photographer of arranged, dream-like images; Jerome is a life-long educator and painter whom some have compared to Edward Hopper. Filmed over four years, Witkin & Witkin spans a crucial period in the brothers’ lives. You will not forget the art of either of these men—or this film and the fascinating questions it raises about art and the meaning of brotherhood.
Two Short Films at 5 PM:
Bears of Durango
United States – 61 minutes In English. Director: Dusty Hulet
Dive head first into bear dens with the biologists who study the effect of human urban development on bear behavior. The two have to meet‚ and they do, as director Dusty Hulet captures in his entertaining and thought-provoking new documentary.
David and the Kingdom
United States, 2018-22 minutes – In English. Directors: Brian Paccione, Woodrow Travers. David, living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, discourses on his predilection for solitude in this unique, truthful, and literally close-to-home documentary.
8 PM: Thrasher Road
United States 2018 – 86 minutes, In English. Director, Screenplay: Samantha Davidson Green. Cast: Allison Brown, Christian Kohn, Joe Rogers.
Vermont filmmaker Samantha Davidson Green brings her idiosyncratic road movie about a dog, a detour, and a second chance to MIFF for its first screenings outside her home state. While on their way home from broken dreams in L.A., an accident strands pregnant Chloe and her geriatric dog, Thrasher. Unwelcome rescue comes from her estranged dad. Shot on location in 20 states across the U.S., this comic, poignant, homemade, and true film has its roots in northern New England, but its home throughout our culture.
5 PM: Hal
United States 2018 – 90 minutes, In English. Director: Amy Scott; With: Hal Ashby, Judd Apatow, Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Jane Fonda.
Ashby’s singular genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning films in the 1970s. His legacy is undeniable. And yet, his obsessive and uncompromising nature became his downfall. In Hal, on-camera interviews with Oscar-winning actors Lee Grant, Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeff Bridges, and more recall how they were empowered by Ashby and granted collaborative freedom.
8 PM: Family First (Chien de garde)
Canada 2018 – 88 minutes, In French with English subtitles. Director: Sophie Dupuis, Cast: Théodore Pellerin, Jean-Simon Leduc. Family First is a visceral shock to the system, suffused with raw energy and excitement that calls to mind the rush of early Martin Scorsese, Mean Streets. JP lives with his brother, mother, and girlfriend, in a small apartment in the Verdun section of Montréal. Constantly walking a tightrope, JP tries to maintain a balance between his own life with his girlfriend, their dreams for a steadier future, and the numerous needs of his family, for which he feels responsible.