Waterville’s Maine Worldwide Movie Pageant publicizes opening evening movie, achievement award winner – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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WATERVILLE — A movie shot alongside the Maine coast and described as a mixture of darkish humor, suspense and saltiness is the opening evening movie for the 22nd annual Maine Worldwide Movie Pageant, which runs July 12-21 at Railroad Sq. Cinema and the Waterville Opera Home.

The New England premiere of “Blow the Man Down” shall be proven at 6:30 p.m. July 12 on the Opera Home as the primary main occasion of the 10-day competition, which pulls 1000’s of movie fans from all over the world to view what organizers name the very best of American impartial and worldwide cinema. A reception will observe at eight:30 p.m. below the celebrities in Castonguay Sq., that includes the music of the Maine jam band, Muddy Ruckus, in keeping with a MIFF press launch issued Monday.

Written and directed by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, “Blow the Man Down” was filmed in and round Harpswell, Cundy’s Harbor, Bailey Island, Orr’s Island and Phippsburg and stars Morgan Saylor, Sophie Lowe, Margo Martindale, Will Brittain, Gayle Rankin and Annette O’Toole. It’s set in Easter Cove, a fictional fishing village on the Maine coast.

“Grieving the lack of their mom and going through an unsure future, Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly cowl up a grotesque run-in with a harmful man,” the discharge says of the movie. “To hide their crime, the sisters should go deeper into Easter Cove’s underbelly and uncover the city matriarchs’ darkest secrets and techniques.”

Mike Perreault, government director of the Maine Movie Middle and competition director, mentioned the movie gives an amazing kickoff for the 10-day occasion, which showcases almost 100 movies. The competition is a Movie Middle venture.

“With so many Maine movies and filmmakers within the highlight this yr, it is very important us to rejoice Maine and its scenic and cultural magnificence at MIFF, and we imagine our Opening Evening Celebration will do exactly that,” Perreault mentioned.

Additionally in the course of the competition, director and author Hilary Brougher shall be honored with the Mid-Life Achievement Award. Earlier award winners embody Sissy Spacek, Ed Harris, John Turturro, Bud Cort, Peter Fonda, Glenn Shut, Lili Taylor, Terrence Malik, Keith Carradine, Lauren Hutton, Thelma Schoonmaker, Arthur Penn, Walter Hill, Jos Stelling, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Demme, Michael Murphy, Jay Cocks, Robert Benton, Gabriel Byrne and Dominique Sanda.

Brougher’s movie, “South Mountain,” shall be screened on the Opera Home at 6:30 p.m. July 14, which shall be adopted by the award ceremony.

The competition calls “South Mountain” a “meditation on a specific form of love that grows within the wreckage of damaged issues.”

Lila, portrayed by Talia Balsam, is an artist and instructor who has constructed a modest rural paradise in New York’s Catskill Mountains along with her husband, Edgar, a author portrayed by Scott Cohen, in keeping with the MIFF launch:

“The 2 have been married for twenty years. However then Scott unexpectedly publicizes the start of a kid with one other girl, and Lila checks her bonds to her finest buddy Gigi and begins a friendship with a youthful man. All is altering, or so it appears. Set within the lush span of a single summer time, the movie is a portrait of a lady at a second of loss and reconfiguration. One thing new is being birthed — maybe.”

Brougher, of New York Metropolis, is a school member within the MFA Movie Program at Columbia College Faculty of the Arts. Her first movie, “The Sticky Fingers of Time,” was launched in 1996. “Stephanie Daley,” which she wrote and directed, was launched in 2006 and gained the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award on the Sundance Movie Pageant. She additionally gained finest director for the movie on the Milan Worldwide Movie Pageant, and actor Amber Tamblyn gained finest actress for her position within the movie on the Locarno Worldwide Movie Pageant.

A brief movie program, workshops, receptions, question-and-answer classes with filmmakers and extra are on faucet for the competition, which additionally options MIFFONEDGE, an experiential and experimental artwork and movie exhibition.

Pageant passes and tickets could also be bought at MIFF.org, which additionally lists movie schedules and places.

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