If you want to be the most ~in the know~ of your friends during this upcoming awards season, you have to get a ticket to the 919 Film Fest. This inaugural festival is bringing a Sundance-level lineup right in town to Silverspot.
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 pm, Drama
Roma, the most personal project to date from writer-director Cuarón, follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in Mexico City’s middle-class Roma neighborhood.
*The film’s stars, Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira will attend the opening night festivities. *
Thursday 10/4 @ 11:10 a.m., Saturday 10/6 @ 8:15 p.m., Drama
Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Jonas Strand Gravli
After a pair of shocking attacks in Norway, survivors — and the country — rally for healing and justice. Based on true events. (English subtitles)
Friday 10/5 @ 1:45 p.m., Saturday 10/6 @ 3:00 p.m., Comedy
Cast: Tyne Daly, Elisabeth Henry, James Marsters, Nana Visitor, Brian Murray, Philip Kerr, Glynnis O’connor, Zachary Sayle, Janeane Garofalo, Janet Hsieh, George Young, Trevor St. John, Amy Carlson, Martina Arroyo
After 40 years of running The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple—performance artists from China—come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.
Friday 10/5 @ 4:15 p.m., Saturday 10/6 @ 5:45 p.m.
At The Bread Factory, they rehearse the Greek play, Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers. There is a new normal in Checkford, if it is even really Checkford any longer.
Saturday 10/6 @ 10:15 p.m., Sunday 10/7 @ 11:00 a.m., Comedy
Cast: Common, Bradley Whitford, Storm Reid, Anders Holm, Rob Riggle, Katie Holmes, John Cho, Allison Janney
The nonstop comedy intertwines students, parents, and teachers, all trying to find their way through one rough day. The all-star cast finds Daniel, an account manager (Common) with a boring job gearing up for Career Day at his lovely daughter’s elementary school, while dealing with the fallout of an intra-office romance with his assistant (Jennifer Garner) and his nasty new boss (Bradley Whitford).
Sunday 10/7 @ 5:25 p.m., Drama
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander
In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators.
Friday 10/5 @ 7:15 p.m., Sunday 10/7 @ 3:25 p.m., Dramedy
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Chace Crawford, Clea DuVall, Kate del Castillo, Beau Bridges
*A Tribeca Film Festival selection*
Nina Geld (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is an up-and-coming comedian in New York City. She’s funny, smart and has worked hard to build a career for herself in the male-dominated world of stand-up. But when it comes to romantic relationships, Nina’s life is a mess. Random guys in bars, abusive married men (Chace Crawford), and an inability to stand up for herself finally convince Nina it’s time for a change. She packs up and moves to Los Angeles, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to audition for Comedy Prime — the end all, be all of late night comedy.
Thursday 10/4 @ 7:00 p.m., Friday 10/5 @ 10:40 p.m., Comedy
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Matt Berry, and Craig Robinson
*A Sundance Film Festival selection*
After getting fired by her scheming husband Shane Danger (Emile Hirsch) from his cappuccino shop, dissatisfied Lulu Danger (Aubrey Plaza) is stunned when a TV commercial for “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn For One Magical Night Only” reveals a mysterious man from her past (Craig Robinson). When Shane and his bumbling cohorts steal the cashbox from Lulu’s adopted vegan brother Adjay, specialist Colin (Jemaine Clement) enters the fray to retrieve the stolen funds. But Lulu seizes the opportunity to run off in search of her mystery man—and events only become stranger from there. This is a story of love, theft, athletic swimming, and a magical magical event.
Saturday 10/6 @ 6:30 p.m., Sunday 10/7 @ 2:15 p.m., Thriller
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe
Based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, BEL CANTO is a dramatic love story that follows a famous soprano (Julianne Moore) who travels to a military dictatorship in South America to give a private concert at a party for a wealthy Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe). Just as the glittering gathering of diplomats and politicians convenes, the mansion is taken over by a guerrilla rebel group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. Threats are made, lives are lost, a tense negotiation begins, and a month-long standoff ensues
Thursday 10/4 @ 2:30 p.m. Sunday 10/7 @ 1:30 p.m., Drama
Cast: Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
*A Telluride Film Festival selection*
In the 70s, as the American youth embraces hippie culture, marijuana bonanza hits Colombia, quickly turning farmers into seasoned businessmen. In the Guajira desert, a Wayuu indigenous family takes a leading role in this new venture, and discovers the perks of wealth and power. But when greed, passion, and honour blend together, a fratricidal war breaks out and will soon put their family, their lives and their ancestral traditions at stake. (English subtitles)
Friday 10/5 @ 4:30 p.m., Sunday 10/7 @ 7:00 p.m., Drama
Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe
*A Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
Boy Erased tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader (Joel Edgerton) and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.
Friday 10/5 @ 11:20 a.m., Drama
Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Youssef, Cedra Izam, Alaa Chouchnieh, Elias Khoury, Nadine Labaki, Nour El Husseini, Joseph Jimbazian, Samira Chalhoub, Farah Hasno, Joe Maalouf
*Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and a Toronto International Film Festival selection*
Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Raffea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. CAPERNAUM follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old “adult”: fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a violent crime, and finally, seeking justice in a courtroom. CAPERNAUM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own.
Friday 10/5 @ 6:15 p.m., Saturday 10/6 @ 12:30 p.m., Drama
*Director: Director Dianne Dreyer attending*
Cast: Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Peter Gerety, M. Emmet Walsh, Rachel Brosnahan, with Macy Gray, and Olympia Dukakis
When a beguiling young woman moves in next door, a quiet neighborhood is awakened, bringing people face to face with their secrets and, ultimately, themselves.
Thursday 10/4 @ 6:40 p.m., Sunday 10/7 @ 7:20 p.m., Drama
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, Scoot McNairy
*A Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
Director Karyn Kusama’s (The Invitation, Girlfight) Destroyer is a riveting and gritty crime thriller starring Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (Lion, Big Little Lies, The Hours) in a virtuoso performance as a hardened detective worn down to the nub by the rigors of her job and the aftermath of an undercover FBI sting gone horribly wrong. Haunted by guilt and loss, when an old nemesis, played by Toby Kebbell (War for the Planet of the Apes, A Monster Calls) resurfaces, she becomes hell bent on finding him, seeing it as her one last shot at redemption.
Thursday 10/4 @ 11:30 a.m., Friday 10/5 @ 2:15 p.m, Drama
Cast: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
*Winner, Best Actor (and Palm Dog Award) at Cannes International Film Festival and a Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences. (English subtitles)
Friday 10/5 @ 9:30 p.m.Saturday 10/6 @ 8:30 p.m., Drama
Cast: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego, Mercedes Morán, Luis Gnecco
*A Cannes Film Festival selection*
Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling—to be a thief—manifested itself. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime. Killing is just a random offshoot of the violence, which continues to escalate until Carlitos is finally apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance, the press dubs Carlitos “The Angel of Death.” Showered with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity. Altogether, he is believed to have committed over forty thefts and eleven homicides.(English subtitles)
Thursday 10/4 @ 2:15 p.m.,Friday 10/5 @ 1:50 p.m., Drama
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín
*A Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
On the heels of his second Academy Award®-winner The Salesman following his first for A Separation, Asghar Farhadi wrote and directed this Spanish-language psychological thriller starring Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín. The film follows Laura (Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion. Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted. In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.
Thursday 10/4 @ 9:30 p.m.,Friday 10/5 @ 9:45 p.m., Drama
Cast: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter
*A Cannes International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realizes her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy. (English subtitles)
Thursday 10/4 @ 6:30 p.m.,Saturday 10/6 @ 11:20 a.m., Drama
Cast: Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Don Stark, Nick Vallelongo, wri/pro (invited)
*Winner Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival*
When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.
Thursday 10/4 @ 9:15 p.m.,Saturday 10/6 @ 10:50 p.m., Horror
Cast: David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Allie Gonino, Perrey Reeves, Ryan Donowho
Hollow Body is a struggling rock band led by Jimmy (David Arquette) who makes a deal with Rick (Luke Wilson) a shady record executive. Unfortunately, the band’s shy lead singer Rachel (Allie Gonino) suffers from severe stage fright and cannot play in front of a live audience. The band breaks up and as Rachel’s controlling stage mother Barb (Perrey Reeves) drives her home, they are struck by lightning and killed. Rachel comes back to life, now able to give electrifying performances, but at a terrible cost. Jimmy and bandmate Scott (Ryan Donowho) must decide if they are willing to pay the ultimate price for success.
Thursday 10/4 9:25 p.m.,Saturday @ 1:45 p.m., Drama
Cast: Julie Sokolowski, Dominic Fumusa, Kerry Condon, David Harbour
Lucinda and Sidney, a successful, young couple in the New York City theatre world, hire a French woman, Genevieve, to carry their child. Three months pregnant and beginning to have second thoughts, Genevieve travels to New York to meet them and spend a long weekend together. During an unexpectedly intimate experience, all three must confront their own boundaries and vulnerabilities as they develop profound connections that culminate in a startling emotional moment. Featuring powerful performances from Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Dominic Fusuma (13 Hours, Focus) and a standout portrayal by young French actress Julie Sokolowski (star of Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch) as Genevieve, the film also features David Harbour (Stranger Things).
Saturday 10/6 @ 6:00 p.m.,Sunday 10/7 @ 4:30 p.m., Drama
Cast: Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams, Ry’Nesia Chambers
*Winner of John Cassavettes Award at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards*
In his remarkable second feature, Spanish-born filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza follows-up his debut drama Aquí y allá with another sensitive portrait of a struggling family. Stressed by her job in a diner, single mother Regina (Regina Williams) is raising her two children in northern Florida. When her 14-year-old son Andrew (Andrew Bleechington) has another brush with the law, she worries he’ll wind up in prison like his father. Méndez Esparza employs documentary-style realism in this snapshot of race, class and the bonds of family in contemporary America.
Thursday 10/4 @ 6:00 p.m.,Saturday 10/6 @ 11:10 a.m., Drama
Cast: Annie Q., Francesca Eastwood, Pierson Fode, Scott Keiji Takeda, Aalyrah Caldwell, Yetide Badaki, Noah Segan with Elisa Donovan and Ron Yuan
MDMA is a semi-autobiographical crime drama inspired by true events of filmmaker Angie Wang’s gritty past as one of the major players in the party-drug business. It’s 1984, and a young working-class woman, Angie Wang (Annie Q.) from New Jersey is about to start her freshman year at a prestigious San Francisco university. On her first day, she meets her new roommate, a rich girl named Jeanine Rockwell (Francesca Eastwood), and the two bond over booze, boys, and their first taste of freedom! When her financial aid is cut, she uses her book and street smarts, along with school resources to synthesize the growing popular drug, Ecstasy. Her dual life as the Asian ‘model minority’ coed and profit-driven drug dealer is further complicated by her desire to help a girl who reminds her of her own dark past.
Friday 10/5 @ 9:00 p.m.,Sunday 10/7 @ 11:30 a.m., Comedy
Cast: Guillame Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Mccaigne
Alain (Guillame Canet), a successful Parisian publisher struggling to adapt to the digital revolution, has major doubts about the new manuscript of Léonard (Vincent Macaigne), one of his long-time authors – another work of autofiction recycling his love affair with a minor celebrity. Selena (Juliette Binoche), Alain’s wife, a famous stage actress, is of the opposite opinion.
Thursday 10/4 @ 9:40 p.m.,Saturday 10/6 @ 7:45 p.m., Comedy
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter
*A Sundance Film Festival selection*
A couple coping with infertility struggles to keep their marriage afloat as they navigate the world of assisted reproduction and adoption.
Friday 10/5 @ 8:30 p.m.,Saturday 10/6 @ 5:15 p.m., Drama
Cast: Dash Mihok, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Betsy Brandt, Gregory Kasyan
Based on a true story, “Mills” is an abused 12-year-old graffiti addict who is losing faith in integrity. Tim Moellering is a humble middle-school teacher and football coach in Berkeley who believes that there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation. The two form an uneasy friendship when Tim recognizes that Mills’ unhealthy behavior is merely a cry for help. Keeping his promise, Tim is willing to sacrifice his reputation, job and relationships in order to win the child’s trust. But Mills cannot trust until he learns to trust his struggle first.
Thursday 10/4 @ 1:45 p.m.,Sunday 10/7 @ 11:20 a.m., Drama
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki
*Winner Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival; a Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold.At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them… (English subtitles)
Thursday 10/4 @ 11:00 a.m.,Sunday 10/7 @ 4:40 p.m., Drama
Cast: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman
*Winner Grand Special Jury Prize and The Volpi Cup for Best Actress, Olivia Colman, Venice Film Festival*
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as theQueen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
Thursday 10/4 @ 2:00 p.m.,Friday 10/5 @ 11:05 a.m., Drama
Cast: Rachel Dratch, Mike Faist, Sonya Harum, Oona Laurence, Wendy Moniz, Jeremy Shinder, Trever St. John
Based on Leah Hager Cohen’s critically acclaimed novel, a family struggles with a tragic loss when an unexpected visitor arrives. She stirs the pain of past betrayals but might also offer an unforeseen gift: a way out of their isolating grief.
Thursday 10/4 @ 11:20 a.m., Saturday 10/6 @ 9:00 p.m., Drama
Cast: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Katinka Evers-Jahnsen, Jeanette Lindbæk, Simon Bennebjerg, Laura Bro, Morten Suurballe, Guuled Abdi Youssef, Caroline Løppke, Peter Christoffersen, Nicolai Wendelbo, Mort
*Winner at Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals*
This riveting Scandinavian thriller centers around police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) demoted to desk work. He expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher, but instead must race against time when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. In Danish with English subtitles.
Friday 10/5 @ 6:45 p.m.,Saturday 10/6 @ 2:15 p.m., Dramedy
Cast: Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Isiah Whitlock Jr., John David Washington, with Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek
*A Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
THE OLD MAN & THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. This will mark Robert Redford’s final performance.
Friday 10/5 @ 7:00 p.m.,Sunday 10/7 @ 2:00 p.m., Comedy
Cast: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Carol Kane
*Winner Best Director and Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival and a Toronto International Film Festival selection*
From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, THE SISTERS BROTHERS is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man. It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two, introspective Eli (Reilly) rides hard with his younger sibling yet dares to dream of a normal life. The younger of the two, hard-drinking Charlie (Phoenix) has taken charge with gusto as lead man on the duo’s assignments. The Sisters brothers find themselves on a journey through the Northwest and eventually, the Gold Rush land of California — a journey that will test the deadly family ties that bind. But, can it also be the path to rediscovering what remains of their humanity?
Friday 10/5 @ 11:15 a.m.,Sunday 10/7 @ 1:20 p.m., Documentary
Cast: Orson Welles, Alan Cumming
*A Venice Film Festival selection*
This engaging documentary explores Orson Welles’s unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” which he worked on for a decade before his death.
Friday 10/5 @ 2:00 p.m., Saturday 10/6 @ 11:00 a.m., Drama
Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner
*A Toronto International Film Festival selection*
From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
*CLOSING NIGHT FILM – Special Event- Sunday 10/7 @ 8:00 p.m.*
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp
*A Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival selection*
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.