Film Archives

2019 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL hosted by MV Film Society

| 2019 | 130 mins | | ,

Film Lovers of Martha’s Vineyard can unite with an audience of over 100,000 film buffs in over 300 cinemas across 6 Continents during this week when the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. MANHATTAN SHORT announced the Final 10 for its 22nd Annual Short Film Festival, a…

MVIFF 2019: COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

| 2019 | 2 hrs 8 mins | | ,
A Film by Mads Brügger

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts,…

DOWNTON ABBEY

| 2019 | 90 mins | | , ,

This September, the worldwide phenomenon DOWNTON ABBEY, becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff have prepared for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave the future…

MVIFF 2019: CLOSING NIGHT FILM: PARASITE + Closing Party at LA SOFFITTA

| 2019 | 2 hrs 12 mins | |
A Film by Bong Joon-Ho

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and…

MVIFF 2019: OPENING NIGHT PARTY & FILM: HONEYLAND

| 2019 | 85 mins | | ,

On Opening Night of the Festival, enjoy meeting fellow festival attendees and special guests inside a tented reception, from 5:30-7:30 PM, on the beautiful water-front lawn adjacent to Ferryboat Pond, just off Beach Road at the Tisbury Marketplace.   We’ll be serving wines, beer ( Festival sponsor OUR MARKET) and appetizers (provided by…

MVIFF 2019: LUCKY GRANDMA with Director Sasie Sealy!

, | 2019 | 1 hr 40 mins | | ,
A Film by Sasie Sealy

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year–old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in,…

MVIFF 2019: EVERY DAY A GOOD DAY (NICHINICHI KORE KÔJITSU)

| 2019 | 1 hr 40 mins | | ,
A Film by Tatsushi Ohmori

A college student finds solace in the meditative art of Japanese tea ceremonies.

MVIFF 2019: FIG TREE

, | 2018 | 93 mins | | ,

Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian makes a startlingly confident feature debut with this story of lives torn asunder by civil war. Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, FIG TREE follows a teenage girl’s harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old. The Ethiopian Civil War has been underway her entire life. She…

MVIFF 2019: SIBEL

| 2019 | 95 Minutes | | ,
A film by Cagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti

25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be…

MVIFF 2019: NON-FICTION (DOUBLES VIES)

| 2018 | 1 hr 48 mins | | , , ,
A Film by Olivier Assayas

Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, NON-FICTION traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and…

MVIFF 2019: ANIMATION SHORTS SHOWCASE with Bill Plympton and other filmmakers

| 2019 | 80 mins. | | ,
Curated by BILL PLYMPTON

A collection of some of the world’s best new short animated films from acclaimed animators curated by Bill Plympton. The MV International Film Festival will present a display of animated shorts with a showcase curated by Bill Plympton, Academy Award-nominated animator recently garnered national attention with his short films “Trump Bites” ran on…

MVIFF 2019: THE SOUVENIR

| 2019 | 2 hrs | | , ,
A Film by Joanna Hogg

A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke). She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship…

MVIFF 2019 SPOTLIGHT: BIRDS OF PASSAGE (PÁJAROS DE VERANO)

| 2019 | 125 Minutes | | ,
Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra

From the Oscar-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug…

MVIFF 2019: MIDNIGHT FAMILY

| 2019 | 1 hr 21 mins | | , ,
Directed by Luke Lorentzen

In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. As the Ochoas try to make a living in this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from compromising the people in their care.

MVIFF 2019: ALONE AT MY WEDDING (SEULE À MON MARIAGE)

| 2018 | 121 mins | | ,
Written & Directed by Marta Bergman

Insolent, spontaneous, funny. Pamela, a young Roma, is different from other girls in her community. A single mother, she lives with her grandmother and her little girl in a small hut where the three of them share a bed. How can she reconcile the needs of her two-year old daughter and her…

MVIFF 2019: A FAITHFUL MAN (L’homme fidèle)

| 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins | |
Directed by Louis Garrel

Marianne leaves Abel for Paul, his best friend and the father of her unborn child. Eight years later, Paul dies. Abel and Marianne get back together, arousing feelings of jealousy in both Marianne’s son, Joseph, and Paul’s sister, Eva, who has secretly loved Abel since childhood.

MVIFF 2019: IN THE AISLES (In den Gängen)

| 2018 | 2 hrs 5 mins | | , ,
A Film by Thomas Stuber

When the reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Department (Peter Kurth, BABYLON BERLIN), teaches him the lay of the land and the delicacy it takes to operate a forklift. Christian becomes enamored by his…

MVIFF 2019: 3 FACES

| 2019 | 100 Minutes | | , ,
Directed and Written by Jafar Panhi

Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help–oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to…

MVIFF 2019 SPOTLIGHT: LORO (THEM)

| 2019 | 158 mins | | , ,
A Film by Paolo Sorrentino

Sex, drugs, power, and vice: welcome to the mid-2000s Italy of Silvio Berlusconi, the egomaniac billionaire Prime Minister who presides over an empire of scandal and corruption. Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio) is an ambitious young hustler managing an escort service catering to the rich and powerful. Determined to move up in the world,…

MVIFF 2019: ASH IS PUREST WHITE

| 2019 | 2 hrs 16 mins | | , ,
Written & Directed by Zhangke Jia

A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. With a three-part structure, it begins by following the quick-witted Qiao (Tao Zhao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001…

MVIFF 2019: THE BRA Plus Q&A with Director Veit Helmer!

, | 2019 | 90 mins | | , ,
A Film by Veit Helmer

Train driver Nurlan is heading to Baku for the last time before retirement. On its way round the neighborhoods of the city his train snags a blue bra off a washing line. To escape from his lonely existence, Nurlan embarks on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner…

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

| 2019 | 93 Minutes | | , ,

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church)….

SWORD OF TRUST

| 2019 | 1 hr 28 mins | | ,
Directed by Lynn Shelton

When Cynthia & Mary (Jillian Bell & Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she’s received is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. The two attempt to unload the object to…

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE – FLEABAG

| 2019 | |
Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may…

MVIFF 2019: ALL-ACCESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PASS

| 2019 | six days/nights | | , , ,

ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS Click here for festival information and details Click here for Film Schedule and Events at MVIFF 2019 $250 per person $220 per person, discounted for film society members General Admission to any film during the festival (however pass holder must pre-select movie tickets in advance with our staff. Please arrive…

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2

| 2019 | 1 hr 39 mins | | , ,

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom)…

BABYLON

, , | 1980 | 1 hr 35 mins. | | ,

Franco Rosso’s incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dance hall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he…

MVIFF 2019: INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS JURIED COMPETITION

| 2019 | 1 hour 41 mins | | ,

From over 350+ entries our festival selection committee has chosen 10 finalists. We will screen each short film and our jury will select the “Best Overall” film at the conclusion of the program. The winning film will be shown again prior to the Closing Night film. 2019 MVIFF SHORT FILM FINALISTS 1)…

THE FAREWELL

| 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins | |
Written & Directed by Lulu Wang

The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with…

PAVAROTTI

| 2019 | 1 Hour and 54 Minutes | | ,
A Film by Ron Howard

From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, PAVAROTTI is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award (R) winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The…