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Two sisters quietly prepare for a major change after entire lives spent together. Shown as a part of World Shorts.

Winner of César Awards (French Oscars) for Best Film, Screenplay, and Most Promising Newcomer, Fatima is both incredibly timely and quietly revelatory. A Moroccan immigrant to France, Fatima is a single mother with two daughters; Souad, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, and Nesrine, an eighteen-year-old who has just started medical studies. Fatima has a poor command of French, which causes her much frustration in her … Continued

This documentary looks at the U.S. government’s practice of taking Native American Maine children away from their tribes, and the experimental program enacted to assist in the subsequent healing process. Shown as a part of Maine Shorts 1.

What to do?! The pet goldfish has slipped out of an old woman’s hands, and there is no immediate replacement water at hand, oh, no! Shown as a part of World Shorts.

The Maine coast is the setting and provided the shooting locations (Phippsburg, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, and South Portland) for this powerful new film with an all-star cast (Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo of Selma and Interstellar, two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest of Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway, and Rosie Perez of Fearless and White Men Can’t Jump.) The last voicemail … Continued

A gigantic hit at the time of its release, with a soundtrack, including the title song, that just won’t quit the brain. Moving in from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle … Continued

In an abandoned farmhouse in New Hampshire, after one of the coldest winters ever, the decomposed body of Linda Bishop was found. Next to her was a journal, in which she chronicled the last months of her life. Linda was well-educated, a wife and mother, and had long battled severe bipolar disorder. God Knows Where I Am is the story of the extraordinary … Continued

Nicolas Pariser’s debut feature is an elegant French political thriller that makes much use of its stellar cast, particularly with the brittle, uneasy rapport between Melvil Poupaud—the soulful young man at the center of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale and Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways—and André Dussollier, a resourceful and protean actor who commits to his character’s malevolence with relish. Pierre (Poupaud), a onetime darling … Continued

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MIFF attendees are invited to participate in guided tours of the Colby College Museum of Art. Free and open to the public, the Colby Museum has over 38,000 square feet of exhibition space and offers a diverse array of exhibitions and public programs. Tours will begin in the Museum lobby. Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill

Who among us can say that we come from a “normal” family? But some people’s families are more unique than others. In the documentary The Guys Next Door, Erik and Sandro are a New England-based gay couple whose friend Rachel is the surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel is a married woman in her forties, with a husband and three children. Together they … Continued

Work-in-Progress Premiere Screening MIFF Audience Award winner Nora Jacobson, most recently at MIFF with the 7-part Vermont Movie, returns this year with a brand-new fiction film very different than that massive documentary: The Hanji Box. Hannah, a recently divorced art historian, has decided to downsize. She is selling the big house in the suburbs that she has lived in for 18 years. Her … Continued

What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of Harry Benson. Initially, he captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous band in history; The Beatles. His extensive portfolio grew to include iconic photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including … Continued

Shown in a jaw-dropping archival Technicolor 35mm restoration print! “The last masterwork by Ernst Lubitsch—whose other gems include Trouble in Paradise, Ninotchka, and The Shop Around the Corner—Heaven Can Wait was nominated for Best Picture and Director Oscars in its day but largely neglected thereafter. Partly it’s a matter of no one expecting a 1943 Fox movie featuring Don Ameche to be in … Continued

In this comedy, a young woman returning home to Maine after a mental collapse finds unexpected solace from a Park Ranger. Shown as a part of Maine Shorts 2.

Bucking the trend whereby thousands of immigrants attempt to enter Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday in Kosovo. Shown as a part of World Shorts.

Wryly humorous and bittersweet, Home Care is a buoyantly humanist tale centering on a dedicated home-care nurse in South Moravia who puts everyone else’s needs before her own. Vivacious, 50-ish Vlasta travels all over the countryside, visiting a variety of charmingly eccentric patients and dispensing compassion and conventional medicine in equal measure. An unexpected dramatic shift paves the way for director Slávek Horák … Continued

92-year-old Ashley Bryan lives on the island of Islesford, Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. Although he is well known as a children’s book author and maker of magical puppets from found objects, his life story and the art he makes … Continued

Inspiring, romantic and thrilling, In Harmony is based on a true story of hope and strength against the odds. This film is based on equestrian trainer Bernard Sachsé’s memoir, On My Four Legs, and won the Best Film at the Brussels Film Festival. Albert Dupontel plays Marc, a stunt rider crippled from an accident while filming. Glamorous insurance assessor Florence (the radiant Cécile … Continued

Gorgeously shot in a luminous yet hushed black and white, Incident Light is a poignant period piece about a new family born out of a tragedy. Ariel Rotter’s impeccably constructed third film examines the dilemma of a single mother in the 1960s, dealing with grief and struggling to move forward in the face of loss. Luisa (Rivas in a stunning performance) is having … Continued

In Jindabyne, four men go on a fishing trip close to the New South Wales town that gives the Australian film its name. There they discover a drowned young woman in the water. Instead of making the trek back to their truck, they finish out the excursion before returning home to report the incident. The outrage that greets the men from their wives, … Continued

Wham! Kramer vs. Kramer was a monster hit in 1979, when a still-innovative version of Hollywood was still there, yet to succumb fully to the monster money that soon would too often transform the industry into one big thrill ride, horror show, or dumb comedy. Nominated for nine Oscars, it won five, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Best Actress (Meryl Streep) … Continued

In Benton’s second directorial outing, he established clearly his profoundly human focus and sly wit—and conceived a fabulous pairing of unlikely actors in his leads, Art Carney (best known for the long-running TV comedy, The Honeymooners) and Lily Tomlin (at the time, fresh from her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Nashville, directed by Robert Altman, who produced The Late Show). “It’s … Continued

Layla is a single mother living with her son in Johannesburg, getting by with casual work. After training as a polygraph operator, she manages to secure a job with a company specializing in lie detectors and security. On her way to her new workplace, she is involved in an accident which will fundamentally change her life, becoming entangled in a web of lies … Continued

Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in the territory of Western Sahara, the end of European rule only gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. Four decades later, the world continues to look the other way as the Sahrawi people face arrests, torture, and disappearances for demanding their independence. Life Is Waiting, a new film by … Continued

Summer in Brooklyn. Jake’s parents have just moved into the house that used to belong to his grandfather. Tony’s mother has been renting the shop on the ground floor forever. The two 13-year-olds quickly discover their shared interest in art, computer games and girls. Together, they dream of transferring to the renowned LaGuardia High School in the autumn. Soon they become allies, not … Continued