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

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”

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

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”

THE FAREWELL

After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding back in China as an excuse to reunite and surreptitiously say their goodbyes.  Writer/director Lulu Wang imbues THE FAREWELL with warmth and knowing wit, while the uniformly excellent ensemble cast (anchored by a breakout performance by Awkwafina) invites us to share “THE FAREWELL”

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

IMAGINARY ORDER

New England Premiere Cathy’s overwhelming fear that her husband’s having an affair and her teenage daughter is becoming estranged leads her to retreat to her sister’s home where she cat-sits, compulsively cleans, and spies on a neighboring family. When Cathy becomes the object of their teenage son’s obsession, he threatens to unravel everything including her precarious marriage, her daughter’s innocence, and her own wavering sanity. “IMAGINARY ORDER”

2018, USA, 101 minutes, Directed by Debra Eisenstadt
Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Christine Woods, Max Burkholder

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

ORAY

East Coast Premiere In an argument with his wife Burcu, Oray pronounces the Islamic word for separation, ‘talaq’. The Imam informs Oray that he must now part from Burcu for three months. Oray uses the enforced break to make a fresh start in a new town. But when Oray and Burcu reconcile, his new imam advocates a stricter interpretation of Islamic law: divorce. ORAY tells “ORAY”

SISTER AIMEE

New England Premiere In 1926, America’s most famous evangelist is looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she runs away with her married lover and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border.  And that’s only the beginning in this marvelous film based (very very loosely) on a true story. In their playful feature debut, co-writer/directors Samantha Buck and “SISTER AIMEE”

2018, USA, 87 minutes, Directed by Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann
Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Michael Mosley, Andrea Suarez Paz