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MVIFF 2017: THE MIDWIFE (sage femme)

| 2017 | 117 minutes | |
Directed by Martin Provost

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on…

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MVIFF 2017: LOST IN PARIS (paris pieds nus)

, | 2016 | 83 minutes | |
Directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon

Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s signature whimsical style, LOST IN PARIS stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond. When Fiona’s (Gordon) orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (delightfully portrayed by Academy Award (R)-nominee Emmanuelle…

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MVIFF 2017: MAINELAND with Director/Producer Miao Wang and Producer Damon Smith–SOLD OUT

, | 2017 | 90 minutes | |
Directed by Miao Wang

Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., “Maineland” is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two teenagers of China’s wealthy elite as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective…

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MVIFF 2017: THE ORNITHOLOGIST (O Ornitólogo)

, , | 2016 | 117 minutes | |
directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on…

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MVIFF 2017: POP AYE

, | 2017 | 104 minutes | | ,
Directed by Kristen Tan

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together–only to discover the truth about himself.

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MVIFF 2017: THE WEDDING PLAN (laavor et hakir)

| 2016 | 110 minutes | | ,
Directed by Rama Burshtein

At 32, Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in…

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MVIFF 2017: WHITE SUN (seto surya)–Global Citizen Award Presentation-SOLD OUT

, , , | 2016 | 89 minutes | | ,
Directed by Deepak Rauniyar

The Global Citizen Award will be presented to the MVIFF’s Guests of Honor prior to the film and includes a discussion on their careers producing independent world cinema.  Due a just announced film scheduling conflict Mr. Glover will join us via SKYPE, Ms. Barnes will join us in person on Friday evening.  The…

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MVIFF 2017: HOLY AIR

| 2017 | 81 minutes | |
Directed by Shady Srour

Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth – member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women’s rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his…

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MVIFF 2017: THE FENCER (Miekkailija)

, , | 2015 | 99 minutes | |
Directed by Klaus Härö

A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing,…

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2017 MVIFF: ANIMATION SHORTS SHOWCASE with Bill Plympton and other filmmakers

| 2017 | 70 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 nominee for his animated films, including a nomination in 1987 for the…

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MVIFF 2017: THE DIVINE ORDER (die göttliche ordnung)

| 2017 | 96 minutes | |
Directed by Petra Volpe

Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband and their two sons in a peaceful little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected;…

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MVIFF 2017: THE DEPARTURE

, | 2017 | 87 minutes | |
Directed by Lana Wilson

A remarkable Japanese Buddhist priest uses a range of methods to help desperate people discover the will to live. But when a health crisis puts him at serious risk, can he live by the same advice he gives out? Lana Wilson follows up her award-winning documentary After Tiller with this lyrical, intimate character study…

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MVIFF 2017: International Short Films Juried Competition-SOLD OUT

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From over 300+ entries our festival selection committee has chosen 11 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. 2017 MVIFF SHORT FILM SELECTIONS 1)…

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MVIFF 2017: AQUARIUS

| 2016 | 146 minutes | |
Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Clara (Sonia Braga), a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings of its age and character that remains in a rapidly changing seaside Recife neighborhood. Now that the other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for…

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MVIFF 2017: AFTER THE STORM (umi yori mo mada fukaku)

| 2016 | 117 minutes | |
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their…

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MAUDIE

| 2016 | 115 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Aisling Walsh

Based on a true story, the story of an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie’s talented cast — particularly Sally Hawkins in the title role — breathe much-needed depth into a story that only skims…

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2017 ALL-ACCESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PASS – Sold Out!

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ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS Click here for festival information and details Click here for Film Schedule and Events at MVIFF 2017 $230 per person $200 per person, discounted for film society members General Admission to any film during festival (however pass holder must pre-select movie tickets at box office, and arrive 10 minutes…

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BRIGSBY BEAR

| 2017 | 100 minutes | | ,
Directed by Dave McCary

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story.

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THE LITTLE HOURS

| 2017 | 90 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jeff Baena

In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.

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OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION and FILM: THE TRIP TO SPAIN – SOLD OUT

| 2017 | 115 mins. | | , ,
Directed by Michael Winterbottom

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 Tapas appetizers (provided by…

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2017 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL hosted by MV Film Society

| 2017 | 130 mins | | ,

Film Lovers of Martha’s Vineyard can unite with an audience of over 100,000 film buffs in over 250 cities 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 20th Annual Short Film Festival, a…

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WIND RIVER – Last showing!

| 2017 | 107 minutes | | , , ,
Taylor Sheridan

WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in Wyoming in the hopes of…

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MVIFF 2017: THE LEARS with Actress Ivy Matheson and Producer Irwin Olian–SOLD OUT

| 2017 | 99 mins. | | ,
Directed by Carl Bessai

Actress Ivy Matheson and Producer Irwin Olian will be joining us after the screening for a discussion.  World-renowned, cutting edge architect Davenport Lear (Bruce Dern), nearing retirement, summons his dysfunctional children to a weekend family retreat in one of his architectural creations, a magnificent Malibu Estate. When they learn that he has decided to…

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UNREST

| 2017 | 90 mins | | ,
Directed by Jennifer Brea

Director Jennifer Brea and Professor Omar Wasow will join us after the screening for a discussion led by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After spiking a 105 degree fever shortly after being accepted to a Ph.D. program at Harvard, Brea manifested…

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I KNOW A MAN… ASHLEY BRYAN

| 2016 | 73 mins. | | , ,
Directed by Richard Kane

Join Jessica Harris and Adrienne L. Childs after the film for a Q&A I KNOW A MAN … ASHLEY BRYAN is a story about this 94 year old artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet of 50+ children’s books, maker…

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LOGAN LUCKY – Last Showing

| 2017 | 119 mins. | | , ,
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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GIRLS TRIP

| 2017 | 122 mins | | ,
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

When four lifelong friends-Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish-travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions,…

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SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS

| 2017 | 97 mins | | , , ,

Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership…

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AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US

| 2017 | 47 mins | |
Directed by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider

Director Abby Ginzberg will join us after the screening for a discussion of the film. Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei (of Star Trek) and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea…