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Apr
12
Sat
Across the Divide @ Arts Riot
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Presented by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel in partnership with VTIFF and ARTS RIOT=
Director: Alice Rothchild
57 mins | USA | 2013
Ms Rothchild will be present at the screening and will conduct a Q&A afterwards

Voice Across Divide

Voices Across the Divide is a powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows my personal journey as I begin to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.

Watch Trailer here

Apr
17
Thu
Main Street Landing Presents: Cousin Jules @ Main Street Landing Film House
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm

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Main Street Landing Presents
Cousin Jules
A film by Dominique Benicheti

A BURLINGTON FILM SOCIETY SCREENING
(FREE for VTIFF Members, CLICK HERE to find out more about membership)

6:00pm reception, 7:00pm screening
Join us before the film for a reception featuring charcuterie with accompaniments by Guild Fine Meats

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91 minutes / 2.35:1 Scope / Dolby / France / Not Rated In French with English Subtitles

A rare combination of sophisticated movie-making technique (shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo) and content that is a veritable ode to the beauty of rural France, the simplicity of daily peasant life, and the nearly wordless intimacy of a lifelong relationship. Recording over a 5-year period, director Benicheti palpably captures the rhythms and rituals of blacksmith Jules Guiteaux and his wife Félicie as Jules dons wooden clogs and leather apron to begin work in his shop, while Félicie tends a vegetable garden and prepares their meals. Awarded the jury prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973 and widely acclaimed around the world, the film nevertheless remained unreleased in the U.S. until now. – (Synopsis Courtesy of Film Forum)

A lost masterpiece of documentary cinema, Cousin Jules was the result of five years of painstaking work by director Dominique Benicheti and renowned cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn (cinematographer of Truffaut’s Day for Night, Tavernier’s Coup de torchon and others). They ambitiously photographed in Cinemascope and recorded in stereophonic sound the lives of Jules and his wife. The result is a ravishing, totally immersive work. The film received extraordinary reviews, won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1973, and was exhibited at many prominent festivals including Moscow International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and the Los Angeles International Film Expo (Filmex).

Despite a strong festival response, the film did not find a distributor. This was in part due to the fact that most arthouse theaters of the day did not possess the equipment necessary to screen the film in its native Cinemascope format, and Benicheti refused exhibition of the film under any other format. He believed that the drama f the film was best understood on a monumental scale.

Over the years, the original negative and existing copies of Cousin Jules began to disintegrate. Benicheti was in the early stages of restoring the film himself when he died in 2011; a group of the film’s most dedicated supporters banded together to raise the funds for the remainder of the restoration work. The exquisite 2k DCP was completed by Arane-Gulliver Labs and was premiered at the 2012 New York Film Festival and proceeded to screenings at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and other venues around the world.

View Trailer HERE

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May
22
Thu
Main Street Landing Presents: Maidentrip @ Main Street Landing Film House
May 22 @ 7:00 pm

 

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Main Street Landing Presents
Maidentrip
A film by Jillian Schlesinger

A BURLINGTON FILM SOCIETY SCREENING
(FREE for VTIFF Members, CLICK HERE to find out more about membership)

 Documentary / First Run Features / English, Dutch w. English Subtitles / 2013 / 82 Min

Winner Visions Audience Award – 2013 SXSW Film Festival

15-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

View trailer HERE.

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