May – August 2014
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 Genevieve Jacobs, a professor, psychotherapist, writer and native Vermonter who grew up sailing and boat-building with her parents, will be introducing the film. 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. BUY TICKETS Co-Sponsored by:
Main Street Landing presents:
Beyond the Hills
A film by Cristian Mungiu
Followed by an exclusive live Skype Q&A with Ioana Uricaru!
Unrated | Romania | Romanian w. English Subtitles | Sundance Selects & IFC Films | 2012 | 150 Minutes
In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage. Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina – but her decision comes too late.
Following the screening, there will be a live Skype Q&A with Ionan Uricaru, who served as a script consultant on Beyond the Hills and was also present at about half the shoot. She has collaborated with the writer/director/producer (Cristian Mungiu) before, and she directed a segment of the omnibus Tales From the Golden Age and the short Stopover, both written and produced by him. At Middlebury College she is teaching production classes and screenwriting.
View trailer HERE.
Best of NYC Children’s Film Festival: Animated Shorts
Animation, 60 minutes
In English or Musical/No Dialogue
Recommended for all ages!
FREE for VTIFF members. Click HERE for information about membership.
A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world. Program includes films from Sweden, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the United States.
The Little Bird and the Leaf
Animation, Lena von Döhren, 2011, 4 min
It’s winter. At the end of a branch hangs a single leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it but just as the bird reaches the end of the branch, a swift winter wind carries the leaf away.
France, Matthieu Gaillard, 2012, 4.5 min
In this stunning watercolor-come-to-life, a young girl is preparing for a trip to the beach with her dad and decides that her pet goldfish should come along for the ride!
USA, Tony Dusko, 2011, 1 min x 3
From NYICFF alumnus Tony Dusko, a series of short, humorous meditations on life calibrated for the self-actualized preschooler. Selected titles include “Believe in Yourself”,” Moving Forward”, and “Sharing”.
Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats
UK. Will Rose, 2012, 7 min
Beneath a fuchsia sky, a goat herder leads his flock of goats up and down the mountains of Spain. Inspired by the filmmaker’s daughter, this multi-award winning film uses a lovely muted color palette, beautiful design and subtle humor to excellent effect.
How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?
UK, Anna Ginsburg, 2012, 3.5 min
A little boy visits the moon as it exists in dreams an iridescent orb surrounded by translucent jellyfish and cellophane streams. Based on an Italo Calvino short story.
The Squeakiest Roar
UK, Maggie Rogers, 2011, 4 min
The littlest lion in the family just can’t seem to find his big bad roar, but his little squeak might turn out to be his greatest asset.
Australia, Damon Gameau, 2011, 3 min
Dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and
Munggee, Not Again
Switzerland, Rothlin/Walthert, 2011, 6 min
Sleepwalking can be very dangerous, especially in the mountains! In this delightful stop-motion movie, two marmots and a hedgehog attempt to rescue their somnambulant friend.
Apache (Danger Beach)
New Zealand, Ned Wenlock, 2011, 2.5 min
Neon paper cutouts create a continuously spiraling stage for an Apache guitarist and his Yeti band mate, as they perform a twangy throwback to 60′s surf-rock and spaghetti western soundtracks.
The Day of the Dead
USA, Gary McGivney, 2011, 8 min
With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals, and joyful songs, a family welcomes back its ancestors in this spirited and colorful tribute to a unique holiday.
France, Audrey Bussi, 2011, 2 min
A little boy picks up a shell on an empty, secluded beach. Putting it to his ear, he becomes lost in the sounds of the sea.
Sweden, Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012, 9 min
Impatient for his birthday, Aston whiles away the hours giftwrapping everything he can lay his hands on. When the big day arrives, he discovers that the “real”
Directed by Alex van Warmerdam | Netherlands | English & Dutch w/English Subtitles | 113 Minutes
A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn’t long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.
AFI Fest 2013, Nominated, Grand Jury Prize
Athens International Film Festival 2013, City of Athens Award, Best Director
Cannes Film Festival 2013, Nominated, Palme d’Or
Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival 2013, Best Motion Picture