Vermont International Film Festival Returns to the Haskell Opera House
Theprestigious VTIFF will return once again to the Haskell Opera House September 14/15 with four award winning films from USA, Canada and Norway.
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters – (USA) 2: 00 p.m., Saturday, September 14 (78 minutes) Documentary.
An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a film- maker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life—moviescapes crystallized into a single frame.
Lawrence Anyways (Canada/France) - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14 (2 hours 39 minutes). The story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred (Frédérique) and a transgender woman named Laurence (then living as a man) who reveals her inner desire to become her true self: a woman. Set during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the story spans a decade, chronicling the doomed love of Fred and Laurence, as well as the trials and
tribulations that they face.
The Genius of Marian (USA) – 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 15 – (84 minutes) Documentary.
An intimate family portrait that explores the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease, the power of art and the meaning of family. The Genius of Marian follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as her son, the filmmaker, documents her struggle to hang on to a sense of self. In this moving personal narrative, filmmaker Banker White turns his camera on two generations of women in his family. BANKER White (Director/ Producer) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in San Francisco. This project is supported by Creative Capital, Freedom to Create, the Bertha Foundation and the Bay Area Video Coalition. ANNA FITCH (Producer/Co-Director) is an Emmy award-winning director with a background in natural history filmmaking and a degree in Entomology.
King Curling (NORWAY) – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 15 (1 hour 3 minutes). Comedy. English Subtitles.
This Norwegian comedy is Director Ole Endresen’s feature debut about an OCD professional curler who comes out of retirement. “King Curling” is about a curling team made up of eccentric characters who break up after their strongest player, Truls Paulson (Atle Antonsen, “NAV, Norway”), has a mental breakdown. Soon after a heavily medicated Truls leaves the mental hospital, the team needs to reunite in order to help their dying coach.
Artistically shot with crisp, colorful close-ups, “King Curling” strongly resembles films such as “The Royal Tenenbaums” in the way it is filmed. The cinematography and coloring in “King Curling” make the film particularly enjoyable to watch.
The film also works well as a way of getting viewers interested in curling. While it is certainly a comedy and often pokes fun at how seriously people take the sport, curling becomes more intriguing as the plot develops. While audience members may enter the cinema scoffing at the idea of curling, their enthusiasm rises as they watch the “Master of the Millimeter” make his comeback.
For more information, visit www.haskellopera.com. Tickets are available at the Haskell Box Office days of the screenings. A four movie-pass can be purchased by calling 802873-3022 x 205/819-876-2471 x 205. All proceeds benefit the Haskell Free Library.