The 7th Annual Brattleboro Film Festival

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Films Representing the Best Cinema Today at the Historic Latchis Theatre OPENS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (October 13, 2018) —  The 7th Annual Brattleboro Film Festival will present a 10-day cinematic feast of 15 unique and unforgettable films beginning Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 11th at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

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“We are honored to bring award-winning documentaries and dramas that truly represent the best of current cinema today to our community to share on the big screen ” Merry Elder, Brattleboro Film Festival President and head of Film Selection said.

The all-volunteer, community film festival focuses on mostly independent and award-winning productions from the USA and around the world that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. The full program is posted below and on the festival website, and will also appear in the Wednesday, October 31, 2018 edition of the weekly newspaper The Commons.


The festival opens Friday, November 2 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in the Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. where trailers for all 2018 films will be shown continuously.  Reception guests can hobnob with festival organizers and their fellow cinephiles prior to the opening night films, which begin at 6:30 pm and 8:30 p.m. Film previews will continue to be shown in the Latchis Hotel Lobby for the duration of the festival.

Kicking off this year’s film festival at 6:30 p.m. is “Woman at War” (2018 Benedikt Erlingsson 101m Iceland/ subtitled Drama), Iceland’s entry to the upcoming Academy Awards. Halla is a real Wonder Woman who battles for justice for the world’s climate victims. Aiding her in her quest are on-screen musicians and Ukrainian folk dancers whose music is a cultural echo of the natural life Halla is sworn to protect. A wonderful blend of action, suspense, and humor.  Screens again on Friday, November 9, 6:30 pm.

Opening night’s second feature begins at  8:30 p.m. with “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” (2018 RaMell Ross 76m USA Doc) is a poetic cinematic portrait that focuses in on two young black men, Daniel and Quincy. This film bends the definition of a documentary and a narrative, using creative visual imagery to give a new way of seeing and experiencing their environment.


Films show Fridays at 6:30 and 8:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:30 pm; and Monday through Thursday at 6:30 pm. The full film schedule can be seen below and on the festival website at


The festival will close Sunday, November 11 with the audience-chosen “Countdown to Best in Fest” films.  These films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall giving moviegoers a second chance to see (and bring their friends to) festival favorites. The top three runners-ups will screen at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00.  The Best in Fest — the one film that filmgoers voted for above all others — screens at 7:30 p.m. Votes will be tallied Saturday evening and announced by midnight on the Brattleboro Film Festival website at and Facebook page @brattleborofilmfestival.


With the support of our generous sponsors, the festival is able to offer free tickets to all high school students with a current and valid high school I.D. for any festival film at the box office. The festival is excited to have been given this opportunity to contribute to the expansion of our young community’s movie-going experience.


Major sponsors include the Latchis Theatre & Hotel, Vermont Independent Media’s The Commons, Chroma, New Chapter, C&S, Brattleboro Area Hospice, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, SIT, and Thrasher Graphics.  The Brattleboro Film Festival also partners with the Vermont International Film Foundation in Burlington, Vermont.


Individual tickets are $10 per film; $8 for seniors and college students; free for high school students; and $5 for children. Festival Bundles (5 passes for $40) are available at Everyone’s Books at 25 Elliot Street in Brattleboro and for online purchase via Ticket Elf.  Bundles can also be purchased during festival hours at the Brattleboro Film Festival table in the Latchis Theatre lobby.

The Brattleboro Film Festival is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 corporation.  Please see the festival website at for full screening details and up-to-the-minute events.


Film Schedule


2018     Yen Tan  85m USA Drama

Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his brother Andrew while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen and Dale (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis). Shot in black-and-white, “1985” takes a unique empathetic look at a pivotal moment in American history.

Monday, November 5, 6:30 pm


2018   Erick Stoll / Chase Whiteside 76m USA/subtitled    Doc

Three brothers confront the chasm between the yearnings of youth and adult realities when brought together to care for their ailing ninety-three year old grandmother in Mexico. An intimate but complex story that is told with all the warts, humor, sensitivity, beauty and love. Too many awards to list.

Sunday, November 4, 5 pm;  Saturday, November 10, 3 pm


2018    Matthieu Rytz     77m     Canada Doc

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbor overseas.

Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm; Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm


2018  Patrick Imbert / Benjamin Renner     83m   France    Animated Comedy

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place. From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits.  For all ages.

Saturday, November 3, 1 pm


2018  Ali Abbasi 108m  Sweden/ subtitled Drama

This genre-bending film based on Nordic folklore may be on it’s way to a cult classic. At first it appears to be about a rather strange looking woman with a unique talent in smelling fear, who has a suitable job as a customs inspector at a Swedish ferry port. One day she meets a man who looks surprisingly like her.  The film quickly veers into something wildly unexpected. The lead actress won Cannes Un Certain Regard award. Defying convention, it is unforgettable and will reward the adventurous film-goer. Definitely not family viewing.

Friday, November 9, 8:30 pm


2018     Jennifer Latham   13m Brattleboro, VT Short Doc

From humble beginnings in a small slate roofed village in Greece to the heyday of America’s movie palaces, “Built to Last” is the story of the Latchis family and how they built an empire of theatres throughout New England in the hard-scrabble years of the Great Depression. Plays with SAVING BRINTON.

Sunday,  November 4, 3 pm


2016   James Demo   90 min USA   Doc

There is a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like – violence, pornography, and political content. Who is controlling what we see and what we think? A fascinating look inside that dark world and peeks at some of what we are not allowed to see.  It also speaks to the potential of social media to compromise democracy.

Saturday, November 10, 5 pm


2018  Gustav Möller  109m  Denmark / subtitled Drama

In this edge of your seat thriller, Alarm dispatcher and former police officer, Asger Holm, answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.  Audience Award at Sundance FF.

Sunday, November 4, 7:30 pm;  Saturday, November 10, 7:30 pm


2018     RaMell Ross    76m     USA Doc

A poetic cinematic portrait of Hale County, Alabama:  its people, their dreams, and their day to day lives.  It focuses in on two young black men, Daniel and Quincy, and on their paths. This film bends the definition of a documentary and a narrative, using creative visual imagery to give a new way of seeing and experiencing the environment.

Friday, November 2, 8:30 pm


2018     Matthew Ogens   83m   USA / partly subtitled Doc

Many of the students who attend Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, have to commute to school: over the bridge and across the border that separates their school from their homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For many of these students, sports represent one possible route to a better life. We observe three of these students as they navigate academics and their athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife.

Saturday, November 3, 3 pm


2017 Aaron Kopp / Amanda Kopp 77m     Swaziland/USA / partly subtitled     Animated Drama / Doc

Five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell – in fiction and in their own lives.  For ages 10 to adult.

Sunday, November 4, 1 pm;  Saturday, November 10, 1 pm


2017   Tommy Haines / Andrew Sherburne  90m     USA Doc

In rural Iowa, a beloved history teacher Michael Zahs uncovers century-old film reels by some of the earliest filmmakers, George Méliés, Thomas Edison, and the Lumière brothers, that had belonged to one of America’s first film impresarios, William Franklin Brinton. Zahs sets out to save them from turning to dust; find their proper place, and bring the magic of early cinema to the world’s oldest continuously operating movie theaters. Plays with short BUILT TO LAST.

Sunday, November 4, 3 pm


2018   Madeleine Olnek   84m  USA Comedy/Drama

No one makes films as Madeleine Olnek does. Based on recent revelations found in Dickinson’s letters and poems (with the permission from Harvard University Press), her view paints a more fun portrait of the poet (played by Molly Shannon) than that of the reclusive spinster terrified of publication, thus daring to defy decades of stodgy scholarship.

Saturday, November 3, 5:00 pm;  Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 pm


2018  Nuri Bilge Ceylan  188m Turkey/subtitled   Drama

A languid landscape of a film, full of the searchings and dissatisfactions of a young graduate and would be writer, Sinan, returning to his hometown and family’s home.  As he travels around the countryside and town he engages various people in tense and at times humorous arguments on topics like literature, religion, and love. Seeming like a visual novel, Ceylan takes us on a philosophical journey leaving much to think about.  Turkey’s entry to the Academy Awards.

Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 pm


2018     Benedikt Erlingsson  101m     Iceland/ subtitled Drama

Halla is a choir teacher by day but an environmental warrior by night, using her bow and arrow in her attempt to keep foreign developers out of Iceland’s rural highlands. This is a real Wonder Woman who battles for justice for the world’s climate victims.  Aiding her in her quest are on-screen musicians and Ukrainian folk dancers whose music is a cultural echo of the natural life Halla is sworn to protect.    A wonderful blend of action, suspense, and humor.

Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm; Friday, November 9, 6:30 pm

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