2018 Yen Tan 85m USA Drama
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen and Dale (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis). Shot in black-and-white, “1985” takes a unique empathetic look at a pivotal moment in American history.
Monday, November 5, 6:30 pm
2018 Erick Stoll / Chase Whiteside 76m USA/subtitled Doc
Three brothers confront the chasm between the yearnings of youth and adult realities when brought together to care for their ailing ninety-three year old grandmother in Mexico. An intimate but complex story that is told with all the warts, humor, sensitivity, beauty and love. Too many awards to list.
Sunday, November 4, 5 pm; Saturday, November 10, 3 pm
2018 Matthieu Rytz 77m Canada Doc
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbor overseas.
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm; Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm
2018 Patrick Imbert / Benjamin Renner 83m France Animated Comedy
Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place. From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits. For all ages.
Saturday, November 3, 1 pm
2018 Ali Abbasi 101m Sweden/ subtitled Drama
This genre bending film based on Nordic folklore may be on it’s way to a cult classic. At first it appears to be about a rather strange looking woman with a unique talent in smelling fear, who has a suitable job as a customs inspector at a Swedish ferry port. One day she meets a man who looks surprisingly like her. The film quickly veers into something wildly unexpected. The lead actress won Cannes Un Certain Regard award. Defying convention, it is unforgettable and will reward the adventurous film-goer. Definitely not family viewing.
Friday, November 9, 8:30 pm
2018 Jennifer Latham 13m Brattleboro, VT Short Doc
From humble beginnings in a small slate roofed village in Greece, to the heyday of America’s movie palaces, “Built to Last” is the story of the Latchis family and how they built an empire of theatres throughout New England in the hard-scrabble years of the Great Depression. Plays with SAVING BRINTON.
Sunday, November 4, 3 pm
2018 Hans Block / Moritz Riesewieck 88m Germany/ subtitled Doc
There is a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn't like - violence, pornography, and political content. Who is controlling what we see and what we think? This film takes a fascinating look inside that dark world and peeks at some of what we are not allowed to see. It also speaks to the potential of social media to compromise democracy.
Saturday, November 10, 5 pm
2018 Gustav Möller 109m Denmark / subtitled Drama
In this edge of your seat thriller, Alarm dispatcher and former police officer, Asger Holm, answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought. Audience Award at Sundance FF.
Sunday, November 4, 7:30 pm; Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm
2018 RaMell Ross 76m USA Doc
A poetic cinematic portrait of Hale County, Alabama: its people, their dreams, and their day to day lives. It focuses in on two young black men, Daniel and Quincy, and on their paths. This film bends the definition of a documentary and a narrative, using creative visual imagery to give a new way of seeing and experiencing the environment.
Friday, November 2, 8:30 pm
2018 Matthew Ogens 83m USA / partly subtitled Doc
Many of the students who attend Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, have to commute to school: over the bridge and across the border that separates their school from their homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For many of these students, sports represent one possible route to a better life. We observe three of these students as they navigate academics and their athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife.
Saturday, November 3, 3 pm
2017 Aaron Kopp / Amanda Kopp 77m Swaziland/USA / partly subtitled Animated Drama / Doc
Five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell - in fiction and in their own lives. For ages 10 to adult. (Parental Guidance: thematic elements including HIV/AIDS, descriptions of abuse, situations of peril)
Sunday, November 4, 1 pm; Saturday, November 10, 1 pm
2017 Tommy Haines / Andrew Sherburne 90m USA Doc
In rural Iowa, a beloved history teacher Michael Zahs uncovers century-old film reels by some of the earliest filmmakers, George Méliés, Thomas Edison, and the Lumière brothers, that had belonged to one of America's first film impresarios, William Franklin Brinton. Zahs sets out to save them from turning to dust; find their proper place; and bring the magic of early cinema to the world's oldest continuously operating movie theaters. Plays with short BUILT TO LAST.
Sunday, November 4, 3 pm
2018 Madeleine Olnek 84m USA Comedy/Drama
No one makes films like Madeleine Olnek does. Based on recent revelations found in Dickinson’s letters and poems (with the permission from Harvard University Press), her view paints a more fun portrait of the poet (played by Molly Shannon) than that of the reclusive spinster terrified of publication, thus daring to defy decades of stodgy scholarship.
Saturday, November 3, 5:00 pm; Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 pm
2018 Nuri Bilge Ceylan 188m Turkey/subtitled Drama
A languid landscape of a film, full of the searchings and dissatisfactions of a young graduate and would be writer, Sinan, returning to his hometown and family’s home. As he travels around the countryside and town he engages various people in tense and at times humorous arguments on topics like literature, religion and love. Seeming like a visual novel, Ceylan takes us on a philosophical journey leaving much to think about. Turkey’s entry to the Academy Awards.
Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 pm
2018 Benedikt Erlingsson 101m Iceland/ subtitled Drama
Halla is a choir teacher by day but an environmental warrior by night, using her bow and arrow in her attempt to keep foreign developers out of Iceland’s rural highlands. This is a real Wonder Woman who battles for justice for the world’s climate victims. Aiding her in her quest are on-screen musicians and Ukrainian folk dancers whose music is a cultural echo of the natural life Halla is sworn to protect. A wonderful blend of action, suspense and humor.
Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm; Friday, November 9, 6:30 pm
The Brattleboro Film Festival will close Sunday, November 11 with the audience-chosen “Best in Fest” films. These films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall for repeat screenings of the top three runners-up and The Best in Fest -- the one film that filmgoers voted for above all others.
Sunday, November 11
1:00 pm - 3rd Runner Up
3:00 pm - 2nd Runner Up
5:00 pm - 1st Runner Up
7:30 pm - Best in Fest Winner