Wednesday

/ Art House 1

LADIES DAY

While at the hairdresser, Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.

Thursday

/ Waters Edge 1

Circus of Books

New England Premiere Filmmaker Rachel Mason’s parents Karen and Barry, are the proprietors of iconic L.A. pornography shop Circus of Books. Mason chronicles their life’s work as one of the biggest distributors of gay porn in the country, including their prosecution on obscenity charges and the shop’s role in offering refuge to the LGBTQ community during the height of the AIDS crisis. CIRCUS OF BOOKS “Circus of Books”

/ Town Hall

AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER

New England Premiere Two very different families spend their holidays in the same seaside house: the aristocratic Castelvecchio’s – open-minded, eccentric, but quite selfish – and the working-class Petagna’s – very tight-knit and united around solid conservative values. What brought such distant worlds together? Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families, who have assembled their families to not only announce they’re a “AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER”

2018, Spain, 77 minutes, Directed by Salvador Simó
Cast: Frabrizio Bentivoglio, Alessandro Gassman, Jasmine Trinca, Anna Galiena
/ Waters Edge 2

LADIES DAY

While at the hairdresser, Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.

/ Art House 1

Auggie

New England Premiere Forced into early retirement, Felix (Richard Kind) quickly finds himself bored and lonely. One day he decides to try on the augmented reality glasses he received as a retirement gift. What he discovers is a new, exciting world, wherein exists Auggie, a virtual companion who understands all of his needs and emotions. Slowly, Felix falls in love with Auggie. unleashing a chain “Auggie”

2018, USA, 81 minutes, Directed by Matt Kane
Cast: Richard Kind, Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper, Simone Policano
/ Waters Edge 1

Adam

New England Premiere Awkward teen Adam spends his last high school summer with his big sister, who throws herself into NYC’s lesbian and trans activist scene. After meeting and falling for thoughtful, savvy Gillian he realizes that she’s mistaken his gender identity and makes the fateful decision not to correct her, as he and those around him encounter love, friendship and hard truths. Director Rhys “Adam”

2018, 95 minutes, Directed by Rhys Ernst
Cast: Nicholas Alexander, Margaret Qualley, Bobbi Salvör Menuez
/ Town Hall

OFFICIAL SECRETS

The true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gun who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Academy Award winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) dramatizes the political dilemma Gun (and the world) was facing with detail and care, while Keira Knightley brings quiet power to her performance as “OFFICIAL SECRETS”

2018, UK, USA, 112 minutes, Directed by Gavin Hood
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode
/ Waters Edge 1

STATE OF PRIDE

East Coast Premiere Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, Oscar winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman travel to three different communities—Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, California; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama—for an unflinching look at LGBTQ Pride, from the perspective of a younger generation for whom it still has personal urgency. Past struggles are revisited and trailblazers are celebrated as the millennial generation in these “STATE OF PRIDE”

/ Art House 1

THE APOLLO

THE APOLLO explores the rich history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. Academy and Emmy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad “THE APOLLO”

/ Waters Edge 2

MILLER & SON

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the delicate balance.

/ Waters Edge 2

FRAN THIS SUMMER

Teenage love birds, sensitive Francis and skater girlfriend Angie, spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

/ Waters Edge 2

THE MURALIST

East Village muralist Arnie Charnick celebrates his work featuring the New York of a bygone era in the lobby of one of Times Square’s oldest hotels.

/ Art House 1

DOLCE FINE GIORNATA

In this visually sumptuous film, Maria, a free-spirited Nobel Prize winner, lives surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family’s Tuscan villa while also fostering a secret flirtation with the much younger Egyptian man who runs a nearby seaside inn. After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria stubbornly refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerge, but is unprepared for “DOLCE FINE GIORNATA”

/ Waters Edge 1

Honeyland

In an abandoned Macedonian village, middle-aged Hatidze tends to her bee colonies and cares for her bedridden mother. When her tranquil life is upended by the arrival of an itinerant family with seven squalling children, Hatdize reacts with grace and a willingness to teach them her much-beloved craft, even as their actions threaten her own way of life. HONEYLAND is an enchanting glimpse into a “Honeyland”

/ Waters Edge 2

BABYLON

Franco Rosso’s incendiary BABYLON had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980, but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension.” Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman “BABYLON”

1980, UK, 95 minutes, Directed by Franco Rosso
Cast: Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird

Friday

/ Art House 2

Adam

New England Premiere Awkward teen Adam spends his last high school summer with his big sister, who throws herself into NYC’s lesbian and trans activist scene. After meeting and falling for thoughtful, savvy Gillian he realizes that she’s mistaken his gender identity and makes the fateful decision not to correct her, as he and those around him encounter love, friendship and hard truths. Director Rhys “Adam”

2018, 95 minutes, Directed by Rhys Ernst
Cast: Nicholas Alexander, Margaret Qualley, Bobbi Salvör Menuez
/ Waters Edge 2

MILLER & SON

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the delicate balance.

/ Art House 2

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE

New England Premiere Oscar winning directors, and 2008 PIFF Faith Hubley honorees, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman return to PIFF with LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. With her singular voice, Linda Ronstadt created a genre-defying career that spanned decades—from the 1960s to her retirement in 2011 due to Parkinson’s disease. There was seemingly nothing she couldn’t do—and do fantastically well:  folk, pop, country, “LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE”

/ Waters Edge 2

FRAN THIS SUMMER

Teenage love birds, sensitive Francis and skater girlfriend Angie, spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

/ Waters Edge 2

THE MURALIST

East Village muralist Arnie Charnick celebrates his work featuring the New York of a bygone era in the lobby of one of Times Square’s oldest hotels.

/ Waters Edge 1

DRIVEWAYS

New England Premiere Kathy (Hong Chau) brings her son Cody (Lucas Jaye) to help clean out her dead sister’s house in order to put it on the market. They soon encounter taciturn neighbor, Del (a superb Brian Dennehy), a widower and Korean War veteran who takes an interest in Cody. With a skilled hand, director Ahn uses this simple premise to explore a number of “DRIVEWAYS”

2019, USA, 83 minutes, Directed by Andrew Ahn
Cast: Brian Dennehy, Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Christine Ebersole, Jerry Adler
/ Art House 1

GOOD POSTURE

New England Premiere Recent film school graduate Lilian (Grace Van Patten) comes to New York to move in with her boyfriend, only for them to quickly break up, leaving her desperate for a new home. Enter Julia Price (Emily Mortimer), a renowned and reclusive writer who provides Lilian with a small room in her Brooklyn brownstone in exchange for cooking and cleaning. They instantly clash, “GOOD POSTURE”

2019, UK, USA, 91 minutes, Directed by Dolly Wells
Cast: Grace Van Patten, Gary Richardson, Emily Mortimer
/ Waters Edge 1

END OF THE CENTURY

New England Premiere An Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin hook up by chance while in Barcelona. What seems like a one-night encounter between two strangers (Juan Barberini and Ramón Pujol) becomes an epic, decades-spanning relationship, which Lucio Castro depicts in a nonlinear fashion, and in which time and space refuse to play by the rules. Castro’s inventive and enigmatic “END OF THE CENTURY”

/ Preservation Hall

THE APOLLO

THE APOLLO explores the rich history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. Academy and Emmy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad “THE APOLLO”

/ Art House 1

CLEMENCY

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a psychic toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) and caused tension with her husband Jonathan (Wendell Pierce). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man (Aldis Hodge) she is sanctioned to kill. Alfre Woodard gives a powerhouse performance in director “CLEMENCY”

2019, USA, 113 minutes, Directed by Chinonye Chukwu
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, Richard Schiff
/ Waters Edge 1

Auggie

New England Premiere Forced into early retirement, Felix (Richard Kind) quickly finds himself bored and lonely. One day he decides to try on the augmented reality glasses he received as a retirement gift. What he discovers is a new, exciting world, wherein exists Auggie, a virtual companion who understands all of his needs and emotions. Slowly, Felix falls in love with Auggie. unleashing a chain “Auggie”

2018, USA, 81 minutes, Directed by Matt Kane
Cast: Richard Kind, Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper, Simone Policano

Saturday

/ Art House 1

END OF THE CENTURY

New England Premiere An Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin hook up by chance while in Barcelona. What seems like a one-night encounter between two strangers (Juan Barberini and Ramón Pujol) becomes an epic, decades-spanning relationship, which Lucio Castro depicts in a nonlinear fashion, and in which time and space refuse to play by the rules. Castro’s inventive and enigmatic “END OF THE CENTURY”

/ Art House 2

OFFICIAL SECRETS

The true story of British whistleblower Katharine Gun who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Academy Award winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) dramatizes the political dilemma Gun (and the world) was facing with detail and care, while Keira Knightley brings quiet power to her performance as “OFFICIAL SECRETS”

2018, UK, USA, 112 minutes, Directed by Gavin Hood
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode
/ Art House 2

LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE

New England Premiere Oscar winning directors, and 2008 PIFF Faith Hubley honorees, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman return to PIFF with LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. With her singular voice, Linda Ronstadt created a genre-defying career that spanned decades—from the 1960s to her retirement in 2011 due to Parkinson’s disease. There was seemingly nothing she couldn’t do—and do fantastically well:  folk, pop, country, “LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE”

/ Waters Edge 2

Circus of Books

New England Premiere Filmmaker Rachel Mason’s parents Karen and Barry, are the proprietors of iconic L.A. pornography shop Circus of Books. Mason chronicles their life’s work as one of the biggest distributors of gay porn in the country, including their prosecution on obscenity charges and the shop’s role in offering refuge to the LGBTQ community during the height of the AIDS crisis. CIRCUS OF BOOKS “Circus of Books”

/ Art House 2

DOLCE FINE GIORNATA

In this visually sumptuous film, Maria, a free-spirited Nobel Prize winner, lives surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family’s Tuscan villa while also fostering a secret flirtation with the much younger Egyptian man who runs a nearby seaside inn. After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria stubbornly refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerge, but is unprepared for “DOLCE FINE GIORNATA”

/ Art House 1

AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER

New England Premiere Two very different families spend their holidays in the same seaside house: the aristocratic Castelvecchio’s – open-minded, eccentric, but quite selfish – and the working-class Petagna’s – very tight-knit and united around solid conservative values. What brought such distant worlds together? Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families, who have assembled their families to not only announce they’re a “AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER”

2018, Spain, 77 minutes, Directed by Salvador Simó
Cast: Frabrizio Bentivoglio, Alessandro Gassman, Jasmine Trinca, Anna Galiena
/ Town Hall

VITA & VIRGINIA

The fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf springs to life in this sumptuous double portrait of its two extraordinary real-life protagonists explores how their liberating affair led to one of Woolf’s greatest novels.   Rising Hollywood stars Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki provide undeniable chemistry as they embody Vita and Virginia with “VITA & VIRGINIA”

2018, Ireland, UK, 110 minutes, Directed by Chanya Button
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini
/ Waters Edge 2

SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY

Nominated for four Academy Awards including best director, SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY is the 1971 British drama written by Penelope Gilliat. It tells the story of a free-spirited young bisexual artist (Murray Head) and his simultaneous relationships with a divorced career woman (Glenda Jackson) and a middle-aged Jewish male doctor (Peter Finch). It was significant for its time with Finch’s lead gay character depicted as successful, “SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY”

1971, USA, 110 minutes, Directed by John Schlesinger
Cast: Murray Head, Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch
/ Art House 2

MILLER & SON

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the delicate balance.

/ Art House 2

THE MURALIST

East Village muralist Arnie Charnick celebrates his work featuring the New York of a bygone era in the lobby of one of Times Square’s oldest hotels.

/ Art House 2

FRAN THIS SUMMER

Teenage love birds, sensitive Francis and skater girlfriend Angie, spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

/ Waters Edge 2

BABYLON

Franco Rosso’s incendiary BABYLON had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980, but went unreleased in the U.S. for “being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension.” Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman “BABYLON”

1980, UK, 95 minutes, Directed by Franco Rosso
Cast: Brinsley Forde, Karl Howman, Trevor Laird

Sunday

/ Art House 1

VITA & VIRGINIA

The fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf springs to life in this sumptuous double portrait of its two extraordinary real-life protagonists explores how their liberating affair led to one of Woolf’s greatest novels.   Rising Hollywood stars Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki provide undeniable chemistry as they embody Vita and Virginia with “VITA & VIRGINIA”

2018, Ireland, UK, 110 minutes, Directed by Chanya Button
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini
/ Preservation Hall

THE BLACK MAMBAS

Meet South Africa’s first and only all-female, anti-poaching unit, the first line of defense in an attempt to rescue their country’s threatened rhino population from the edge of extinction.

/ Preservation Hall

THE MURALIST

East Village muralist Arnie Charnick celebrates his work featuring the New York of a bygone era in the lobby of one of Times Square’s oldest hotels.

/ Preservation Hall

MILLER & SON

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the delicate balance.

/ Preservation Hall

FRAN THIS SUMMER

Teenage love birds, sensitive Francis and skater girlfriend Angie, spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

/ Art House 1

GOOD POSTURE

New England Premiere Recent film school graduate Lilian (Grace Van Patten) comes to New York to move in with her boyfriend, only for them to quickly break up, leaving her desperate for a new home. Enter Julia Price (Emily Mortimer), a renowned and reclusive writer who provides Lilian with a small room in her Brooklyn brownstone in exchange for cooking and cleaning. They instantly clash, “GOOD POSTURE”

2019, UK, USA, 91 minutes, Directed by Dolly Wells
Cast: Grace Van Patten, Gary Richardson, Emily Mortimer
/ Waters Edge 1

THE APOLLO

THE APOLLO explores the rich history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. Academy and Emmy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad “THE APOLLO”

/ Art House 2

JOHN WATERS PRESENTS: MOM AND DAD

In a screening hosted by John Waters, Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. The reviews are almost as awesome as the movie: “Like a twisted remake of Home Alone on bath salts” –Screen Crush “Zero to 60 speedy crazy” –The Hollywood Reporter “One of “JOHN WATERS PRESENTS: MOM AND DAD”

2018, USA, 83 minutes, Directed by Brian Taylor
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters
/ Waters Edge 2

DRIVEWAYS

New England Premiere Kathy (Hong Chau) brings her son Cody (Lucas Jaye) to help clean out her dead sister’s house in order to put it on the market. They soon encounter taciturn neighbor, Del (a superb Brian Dennehy), a widower and Korean War veteran who takes an interest in Cody. With a skilled hand, director Ahn uses this simple premise to explore a number of “DRIVEWAYS”

2019, USA, 83 minutes, Directed by Andrew Ahn
Cast: Brian Dennehy, Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Christine Ebersole, Jerry Adler
/ Preservation Hall

Auggie

New England Premiere Forced into early retirement, Felix (Richard Kind) quickly finds himself bored and lonely. One day he decides to try on the augmented reality glasses he received as a retirement gift. What he discovers is a new, exciting world, wherein exists Auggie, a virtual companion who understands all of his needs and emotions. Slowly, Felix falls in love with Auggie. unleashing a chain “Auggie”

2018, USA, 81 minutes, Directed by Matt Kane
Cast: Richard Kind, Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper, Simone Policano
/ Waters Edge 2

Honeyland

In an abandoned Macedonian village, middle-aged Hatidze tends to her bee colonies and cares for her bedridden mother. When her tranquil life is upended by the arrival of an itinerant family with seven squalling children, Hatdize reacts with grace and a willingness to teach them her much-beloved craft, even as their actions threaten her own way of life. HONEYLAND is an enchanting glimpse into a “Honeyland”

/ Art House 1

CLEMENCY

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a psychic toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) and caused tension with her husband Jonathan (Wendell Pierce). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man (Aldis Hodge) she is sanctioned to kill. Alfre Woodard gives a powerhouse performance in director “CLEMENCY”

2019, USA, 113 minutes, Directed by Chinonye Chukwu
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Wendell Pierce, Richard Schiff
/ Art House 2

LADIES DAY

While at the hairdresser, Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.