Ver­mont In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Re­turns to the Haskell Opera House

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Derby Line, VT, Stanstead, QC

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.

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