Drama

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The Kings of Summer

| 2013 | 93 min. | | ,
A Film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank’s attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are…

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THE LADY

2011 | 145 mins | |
Luc Besson

The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the…

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National Theatre Live – SKYLIGHT

| 2014 | 155 mins | |
Stephen Daldry
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Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, captured live in London’s West End by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy),…

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The Quartet

| 2013 | 97 minutes | | ,
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Dustin Hoffman’s affectionate direction and the talented cast’s amiable charm make Quartet too difficult to resist.

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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 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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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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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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Reality

| 2012 | 110 min. | | ,
A Film by Matteo Garrone

From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on…

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The Red Shoes

| 1948 | 133 min. | |

The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring…

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No

| 2012 | 118 min. | | ,
A Film by Pablo Larraín

In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal),…

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Hello I Must Be Going

2012 | 95 min. | | , ,
A Film by Todd Louiso

Selected as the opening night film for Sundance 2012, HELLO I MUST BE GOING features acclaimed actress Melanie Lynskey (WIN WIN, UP IN THE AIR, TWO AND A HALF MEN) in her breakout role as Amy, a recent divorcée who seeks refuge in the suburban Connecticut home of her parents (Blythe Danner…

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Classic Film Wednesday: CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1945)

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Even in 1945, Marcel Carné Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, Jacques Pravert’s screenplay concerns four men in love with the mysterious Garance (Arletty). Each loves Garance in his own fashion, but only the intentions of sensitive mime-actor Deburau (Jean-Louis…

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HIGH AND LOW (1963)

| 1962 | 143 mins | |
Akira Kurosawa

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low(Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to…

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El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) (1962)

| 1962 | 95 mins | | ,
Luis Buñuel

The great screen surrealist Luis Buñuel co-wrote and directed this dark, bitterly witty satire. A group of people in formal dress arrives at an elegantly appointed home for a dinner party. However, once dinner is over and the guests retire to the drawing room, they discover that the servants have gone away,…

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IN THE HOUSE

| 2013 | 105 mins | | ,
François Ozon

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.

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PICNIC (1955)

| 1955 | 115 mins | | ,

One of the biggest box-office attractions of the 1950s, Picnic was adapted by Daniel Taradash from the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play. William Holden plays Hal Carter, a handsome drifter who ambles into a small Kansas town during the Labor Day celebration to look up old college chum Alan (Cliff Robertson, in…

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RENOIR

| 2012 | 111 mins | | ,
Gilles Bourdos

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is…

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A REEL FOOD EVENT — THE HELP and the Art Cliff Diner

| 2011 | 130 min. | | ,
Directd by Tate Taylor

  Join us for a double treat in June. See THE HELP on the Big Screen at the MV Film Center starting at 4 pm, and then afterwards join us for a pre-fixed menu of soul food at the Art Cliff Diner at around 6 pm. Dinner Option (immediately following the movie): You must…

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THE KILLING – early Stanley Kubrick

| 1956 | 83 mins | | ,
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The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick’s first major film effort — though, like Kubrick’s earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with…

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Frances Ha – Last Showing!

| 2013 | 86 min. | | ,
A Film by Noah Baumbach

Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible…

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Tiger Eyes with special guest, Director Lawrence Blume

| 2012 | 100 min. | |
A Film by Lawrence Blume

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The first of iconic author Judy Blume’s novels to be brought to the big screen, Tiger Eyes is the story of 17-year-old Davey Wexler, coping with the sudden, violent death of her father, and the emotional collapse of her mother. Set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the family abruptly relocates to…

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Kon-Tiki

| 2013 | 118 min. | |
A Film by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

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Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off…

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Midnight@Ten: JAWS

| 1975 | 124 min. | | , , , ,
A Film by Steven Spielberg

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To open our Midnight@Ten series, we thought we’d invite you into the jaw of a man-eating monster from the deep. You know the story: boy meets girl, girl meets shark, shark meets oxygen tank.  Classic. Favorite quote: “I can do anything; I’m the chief of police.”        

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Before Midnight

| 2013 | 109 min. | |
A Film by Richard Linklater

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The latest installment in Richard Linklater’s “Before” series, this film finds its protagonists, Celine and Jesse, in Greece.  As ever, they explore the idyllic European setting while also looking inward, at themselves and their relationship.  Linklater’s script is enlivened by the history shared not only between the characters, but by the actors…

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midnight@ten: EASY RIDER

| 1969 | 95 | | , ,
Directed by Dennis Hopper

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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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MUD – encore audience favorite

| 2013 | 130 mins | |
Jeff Nichols

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Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and…

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SUMMER INSTITUTE FILM SERIES: Melting Away

| 2012 | 86 min. | |
A Film by Doron Eran

Please contact ONLY the Summer Institute for tickets: http://mvsummerinstitute.com/films_calendar.html “Melting Away” is a first in the history of Israeli cinema: a feature film about parents coping with their transgendered child. The creation of director Doron Eran and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe, this film was conceived after the deadly attack on…

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Unfinished Song

| 2012 | 93 min. | | ,

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

| 1958 | 111 mins | | , ,
Orson Welles

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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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SUMMER INSTITUTE FILM SERIES: Hannah Arendt

| 2012 | 113 min. | |
A Film by Margarethe von Trotta

Her theory of “the banality of evil” made Hannah Arendt both famous and controversial. Now German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta has given the philosopher an outstanding cinematic portrait. The film, nominated for six Lola Awards (Germany’s Oscars), explores a turbulent  four-year period in the life of the great philosopher and writer, beginning in New…

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Where the Rivers Flow North
Film and Q&A with the Filmmaker

| 1993 | 106 min. | |
A Film by Jay Craven

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Based on Howard Frank Mosher’s regional novella, the film is set in 1927 and centers on two unlikely characters. Noel Lord (Rip Torn), an old man with white hair flowing below his shoulders and a metal hook for a hand, has lived on his land all his life and is resisting a…

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Northern Borders
Film and Q&A with the Filmmaker

| 2013 | 108 min. | |
A Film by Jay Craven

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‘Northern Borders’ tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences the farm as a place full of eccentric people, especially his stubborn grandparents whose…

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midnight@ten: The Graduate

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

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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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Searching for Bobby Fischer
followed by a discussion with Fred and Josh Waitzkin

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Join Fred Waitzkin, author of the book, and his son, Josh, for a screening of much loved SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER followed by a discussion by father and son of Fred’s highly acclaimed new novel, The Dream Merchant. Vineyard Psychiatrist Charles Silberstein will ask provocative questions to this well known father-son team about the…

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National Theatre Live:
The Audience with Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II

| 2013 | |

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Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it…

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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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What Richard Did

| 2012 | 88 min. | |
A Film by Lenny Abrahamson

What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until in one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all…

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

| 2013 | 104 min. | | ,
A Film by Arvin Chen

In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister’s engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life…

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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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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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Museum Hours

| 2012 | 107 min. | |
A Film by Jem Cohen

Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen’s new feature, “Museum Hours”, is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city…

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Viola

| 2012 | 65 min. | |
A Film by Matías Piñeiro

Directed by Matías Piñeiro, one of Argentinian cinema’s most sensuous and daring new voices, “Viola” is a mystery of romantic entanglements and intrigues among a troupe of young actors performing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in a small theater in Buenos Aires. (c) Cinema Guild

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister And Pete

| 2013 | 120 min. | |

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT MR. TILLMAN CAN NOT JOIN US DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.*** George Tillman, Jr. is an American film producer, writer, and director. Tillman is most notable for directing the films Soul Food and Men of Honor.   Two youths from the Brooklyn projects attempt to fend for themselves on…

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Fill the Void – introduced by Kate Feiffer

| 2012 | 90 min. | |
A Film by Rama Burshtein

“Fill the Void,” the most successful independent Israeli film to be released in the past decade, tells the story of 18-year-old Shira, youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family, who is about to be married off to a promising young man of similar age and background. When her older sister dies giving…

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Terraferma

| 2011 | 88 min. | |
A Film by Emanuele Crialese

A man is put in jeopardy when he’s forced to help a family with nowhere to turn in this drama from Italian filmmaker Emanuele Crialese. Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) is an elderly fisherman who lives on the Sicilian island of Linosa. The fishing business has gone into a slump and many on the…

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Closing Night Film (Still Mine) and After Party at Vineyard Haven Marina/Live Music – THIS FILM/PARTY IS SOLD OUT

| 2012 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Michael McGowan

THIS FILM IS SOLD OUT – THANK YOU! STILL MINE with Closing Party at the Vineyard Marina immediately afterwards! In his first lead role after decades of playing supporting characters, James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in STILL MINE, an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple…

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Blue Jasmine

| 2013 | 98 mins | | ,
Written and Directed by Woody Allen

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Woody Allen turns once again to drama (and the United States) after a string of comedy hits set all over Europe.  This film features numerous heavy hitters, with Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in the title role as Jasmine – a New York housewife whose world is blown apart by a devious…

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2013 Manhattan Short Film Festival
hosted by the MV Film Society

| 2013 | 105 mins, , , ,

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MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ONE WORLD – ONE WEEK – ONE FESTIVAL The World’s First Global Film Festival FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 520 ENTRIES – FROM 49 COUNTRIES – 10 FINALISTS Film Lovers in Martha’s Vineyard can unite with an audience of over 100,000 Film Buffs in over 250 cities across 6 Continents during…

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Blancanieves
A Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Favorite

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

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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 Broken Circle Breakdown

| 2012 | 111 min. | |
A Film by Felix Van Groeningen

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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring with special guest Tenzin Namsel

| 2003 | 103 min. | |
A Film by Ki-duk Kim

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Afterwards there will be a discussion with Tenzin Namsel about the movie’s Buddhist themes. Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Over the years, Namsel has developed his Buddhist studies and Practice with a variety of well-respected and learned masters within the four main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism,…

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Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate)

| 1993 | 105 mins | | ,
Alfonso Arau

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Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale’s heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for…

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Macbeth – National Theatre London Live on Cinema

| 2012 | |

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National Theatre Live will broadcast Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who,ER) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse, Thoroughly Modern…

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Halloween for Adults: FRANKENSTEIN on London stage

| 2012 | |
Directed by Danny Boyle

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Frankenstein enjoyed a sell-out run at the National Theatre, and went on to win awards including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee…

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Classic Film Night: Loves of a Blonde

| 1965 | 82 Mins | | , , ,
Miloš Forman

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With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love—that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of…

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Jigokumon (Gate of Hell) (1953)

| 1953 | 89 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa

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Originally released as Jigokumen, Gate of Hell was one of the most popular Japanese imports of the 1954-55 American film season. Set in 12th-century feudal Japan, the film stars Kazuo Hasegawa as Moritoh, a samurai whose courage in defending his ruler is to be rewarded with anything he desires. He desires the…

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ALL IS LOST

| 2013 | 106 mins | | , ,
Directed by J.C. Chandor

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Academy Award-nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) takes the helm for this tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. Anchored by another tremendous performance in a career full of them, All Is Lost offers a moving, eminently worthwhile testament to Robert…

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Classic Film Wednesday: PICKPOCKET (1959)

| 1959 | 75 min. | | ,
Directed by Robert Bresson

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Michel takes up picking pockets as a hobby, and is arrested almost immediately, giving him the chance to reflect on the morality of crime. After his release, though, his mother dies, and he rejects the support of friends Jeanne and Jacques in favour of returning to pickpocketing (after taking lessons from an…

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12 YEARS A SLAVE

| 2013 | 133 mins | |
Directed by Steve McQueen (III)

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12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed…