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All-Access Pass for MVIFF 2013


This pass gives you free access to the opening night reception and film, as well as every other film we screen through the duration of the festival. The All-Access Pass does NOT grant access to the Filmmakers Dinner.  That event requires a separate ticket, which can also be purchased online or at…

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GIRL RISING with special guest Azure Antoinette, Global Ambassador

| 2013 | 101 min. | |
A Film by Richard Robbins

SPECIAL GUEST:  MV Film Society and Featherstone Center for the Arts present Girl Rising with special performance by poet and spoken word artist: Azure Antoinette. Azure will perform the poem “Superhero” which Girl Rising commissioned. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning Documentary Group, in association with Paul Allen’s…

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Crystal Fairy

| 2013 | 98 min. | | ,
A Film by Sebastián Silva

In this freewheeling comedy from the director of The Maid, Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Superbad) stars as Jamie, a shaggy, boorish young American traveling through Chile. While searching for a rare hallucinogen-the famed San Pedro cactus-with a trio of Chilean brothers, Jamie invites a mysterious hippie (Gaby Hoffmann) along for the ride,…

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A Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Favorite

| 2012 | 104 min. | |
A Film by Pablo Berger

The enchanting daughter of a famed matador flees her wicked stepmother to join a band of bullfighting dwarfs in this Spanish take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White. Seville: the 1920s. Carmen (Sofia Oria) is a young girl whose mother died in childbirth, and whose torero father Antonio Villalta (Daniel…

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The Act of Killing

, , , , | 2012 | 115 min. | |
A Film by Joshua Oppenheimer

Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan,…

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Herblock: The Black and the White – introduced by Ward Just

| 2013 | 95 min. | |

Herbert Block’s career at The Washington Post spanned fifty-five years and thirteen presidents, a timeframe in which he claimed three Pulitzer Prizes, the Medal of Freedom and a significant role in President Nixon’s resignation. Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Jules Feiffer, Ted Koppel and Jon Stewart are among the…

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Odayaka na Nichijo

| 2012 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Nobuteru Uchida

The catastrophic earthquake and resulting tsunami off the coast of Japan in March 2011, now referred to as “3.11,” for obvious reasons has quickly become a social and creative touchstone, and the latest filmmaker to tackle the subject is Uchida Nobuteru, best known to now for his romantic drama Love Addiction. Using a mobile,…

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Love is All You Need

| 2012 | 116 min. | | ,

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is directed by Golden Globe (R) and Oscar (R) winning German filmmaker Susanne Bier, written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a…

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The Attack

, , , | 2012 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Ziad Doueiri

An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra. Director Ziad Doueiri is a Lebanese-born cinematographer, film director and writer best known for his award winning film “West Beirut”.  He first gained notice from his…

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Romantics Anonymous

| 2012 | 80 min. | | ,

Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realizing she’s attracted…

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56 Up

| 2012 | 139 min. | |

“Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams…

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Searching for Sugar Man

| 2012 | 85 min. | |

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as…

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midnight@ten series: TOUCH OF EVIL (Restored Director’s Cut)

| 1958 | 111 mins | | , ,
Orson Welles

Annette Insdorf – film scholar and author will be joining us on Saturday, July 27th screening of TOUCH OF EVIL for a special introduction. Ms. Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, and a Professor in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts (for which she…

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Bottle Rocket

| 1996 | 105 min. | | ,
A Film by Wes Anderson

A bright, optimistic caper comedy from first-time director Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket focuses on a group of young Texans aspiring to become master thieves. Their leader is Dignan (Owen C. Wilson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an upbeat if naive charmer who convinces his friends Anthony (Wilson’s brother Luke Wilson) and Bob…

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The Guard

| 2011 | 96 min. | |
A Film by John Michael McDonagh

The Guard is a comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang – one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleason) is an eccentric small-town cop…

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Parked

| 2010 | 94 min. | |

Fred Daly returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. Then dope-smoking 21-year-old Cathal parks beside him and brightens up his lonely world. Encouraged by Cathal, Fred meets attractive music teacher Jules. Growing closer, these three outsiders are set on a course that will change their lives forever. Possibly the…

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The Quiet Man

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A Film by John Ford

Returning to the Ireland of his birth, director John Ford fashions an irresistible valentine to the “Auld Sod” in The Quiet Man. Irish-American boxer John Wayne, recovering from the trauma of having accidentally killed a man in the ring, arrives in the Irish village where he was born. Hoping to bury his…

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Nairobi Half Life – introduced by Len Morris

| 2012 | 96 min. | |

NAIROBI HALF LIFE, the feature directorial debut of Kenyan filmmaker Daniel “Tosh” Gitonga, follows Mwas (the incredible Joseph Wairimu), a young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya who dreams of becoming a success in the city of opportunity: Nairobi. Traveling to the crime-ridden Kenyan capital to follow his dreams, Mwas quickly understands why Nairobi…

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Midnight@Ten series: Animal House (1978)

| 1978 | 109 min. | |
John Landis

The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live’s irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate. Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers…

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Unfinished Song

| 2012 | 93 min. | | ,

UNFINISHED SONG is the funny and uplifting story of Arthur (Terence Stamp), a curmudgeon old soul perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine until his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). This unexpected friendship and…

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midnight@ten: The Graduate

| 1967 | 106 min. | | , ,
A Film by Mike Nichols

If “The Graduate” were released today, it might not be in the form of a film.  The pervasive angst on display in this classic might instead be catalogued as a series of tweets by a character I am going to christen @benjaminb46, and which I will imagine, briefly, for you now. June…

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20 Feet From Stardom

| 2013 | 91 min. | |

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure,…

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midnight@ten: EASY RIDER

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Directed by Dennis Hopper

With a soundtrack of contemporary rock songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Band, and Steppenwolf to complete the atmosphere, Easy Rider was hailed for capturing the increasingly violent Vietnam-era split between the counterculture and the repressive Establishment. Experiencing the “shock of recognition,” youth audiences embraced Easy Rider’s vision of both the attractions and…

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Like Someone in Love

| 2013 | 109 min. | |
A Film by Abbas Kiarostami

When Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a lovely Tokyo student who moonlights as a call girl, is dispatched to a new client in the suburbs, she is surprised to find the shy and elderly Takashi (81-year-old stage actor Tadashi Okuno), a committed academic constantly distracted by work-related phone calls. The lonely widower seems far…

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Walkabout

| 1971 | 100 min. | |

A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to cope in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg. Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his “walkabout,” a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are…

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Quartet

| 2013 | 97 min. | | ,
A Film by Dustin Hoffman

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the…

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The Thin Man

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Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant), The Thin Man proved to be “sleeper,” spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to…

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Diva

| 1981 | 117 min. | |

The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who…

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Children of the Wind with special intro. by Nevin Sayre, Five-time U.S. Boardsailing Champion

| 2013 | 95 min. | |
A Film by Daphne Schmon

Children of the Wind tells the story of the Bonaire windsurfers, a group of native kids, who under the remarkable mentorship of Elvis Martinus, founder of the Bonaire Aquaspeed windsurfing club, overcame insuperable odds to not only dominate an inherently elitist sport but to revolutionize it. The film focuses on brothers Tonky and Taty…