Film Archives

THE MET LIVE: TOSCA

2018 | 173 minutes | |
Written by Giacomo Puccini

Tosca is an opera by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The work, based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples’s control of Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of…

THE MET LIVE: SEMIRAMIDE

1823 | 240 minutes | |
Written by Gioachino Rossini

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by…

THE MET LIVE: CENDRILLON

1895 | 167 minutes | |
Written by Jules Massenet

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is…

THE MET LIVE: LUISA MILLER

| 1849 | 218 minutes | | ,
Written by Giuseppe Verdi

Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met career with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Luisa Miller, which has not been seen…

THE MET LIVE: COSI FAN TUTTE

1789 | 211 minutes | |
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner…

THE MET LIVE: THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL

2017 | 147 minutes | |
Written by Thomas Adès

Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Thomas Adès conducts his…

THE MET LIVE: THE MAGIC FLUTE (die zauberflöte)

1791 | 189 minutes | |
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), K. 620, is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. Separately, then together, Tamino and Pamina undergo severe trials of initiation, which end in triumph, with the Queen and her cohorts vanquished.  Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s…

THE MET LIVE: L’ELISIR D’AMORE

1832 | 159 minutes | |
Written by Gaetano Donizetti

Nemorino, a poor peasant, is in love with Adina, a beautiful landowner, who torments him with her indifference. When Nemorino hears Adina reading to her workers the story of Tristan and Isolde, he is convinced that a magic potion will help him to gain Adina’s love.   Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore,…

THE MET LIVE: LA BOHEME

1895 | 175 minutes | |
Written by Giacomo Puccini

The story of four Bohemians, the poet Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, and the philosopher Colline in an old attic.They are poor, but happy. Set around 1830 in Paris, France. An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya…

THE MET LIVE: NORMA

1831 | 184 minutes | |
Conducted by Carlo Rizzi

NORMA is set in Gaul (France) at the beginning of its occupation by the Roman Empire. Almost all of the characters are druids, members of the Gallic priesthood, the only exceptions being the tenors, both of whom are Romans. It is interesting that the Roman Empire, long depicted in European culture as…

YEAR BY THE SEA

| 2016 | 114 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Alexander Janko

Based on The New York Times bestseller by Joan Anderson, Year by the Sea is the story of an empty nester who retreats to Cape Cod to rediscover who she was before being a wife and a mother – and redefine the next chapter in her life. Shot on location on Cape Cod: Dennis, Wellfleet…

LADY MACBETH

| 2017 | 89 mins. | |
Directed by William Oldroyd

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop…

MVIFF 2017: EUROPEAN SHORTS

| 2017 | 77 mins | |

European Short Film Nominees 2016 on Tour SHORT MATTERS is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the nominated short films to audiences across Europe –and beyond. The program featuring the European Short Film Nominees 2016 is a manifold panorama of young contemporary European filmmaking. This year’s program is composed of…

MVIFF 2017: CHILDREN’S CONCERT: MISTER G

2017 | 50 Mins. | | ,

A Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) has been called “a bilingual rockstar” by The Washington Post and “irresistible” by People Magazine. His 2017 release, Mundo Verde/Green World, is a collection of environmental-themed songs which were debuted at his concert during the National Climate Rally in Washington, DC. Spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk,…

MVIFF 2017: LIKE CRAZY (la pazza gioia)–CLOSING NIGHT FILM + Party at La Soffitta–SOLD OUT

| 2017 | 118 minutes | | ,
directed by Paolo Virzi and Francesca Archibugi

LIKE CRAZY will be preceded by a showing of the “Best Overall” Short Film from Saturday’s Juried Competition held on Saturday.  After the film, patrons are encouraged to join us for our Closing Night Party Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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;…

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…

MVIFF 2017: International Short Films Juried Competition-SOLD OUT

| 2017 | |

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)…

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…

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…