EQUALS

Drake Doremus
(USA, 2016, 101 mins)

In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love and threaten the fabric of their civilization, becoming a futuristic Romeo and Juliet.

Set in a sleek and stylish future world, Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance envisions an understated dystopia, where all human emotion is seen as a disease that must be treated and cured. Against this backdrop, coworkers Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) begin to feel dangerous longings for each other. Starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.

This film has been generously sponsored by Jennie and Sean Reilly.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 9 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


FRANTZ     

Francois Ozon
(France, 2016, 113 mins)

A stranger shows up placing flowers on your dead fiance's grave. An act of kindness, or something much much more?

Anna is frozen in grief for her dead fiancé, Frantz; so are his aging parents with whom she lives. Suddenly, a fragile and mysterious stranger puts flowers on Frantz’ grave and tells stories of a pre-war friendship in Paris. The three mourners find themselves coming back to life and experiencing newfound emotions - all for the mysterious stranger, but how much of the story is he actually telling? Starring Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. In German with English subtitles.

This film has been generously sponsored by Joanne and David Tagieff. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9:30 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 7 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS


HUNTER GATHERER -  Independent Spotlight

Joshua Locy
Sara Murphy, Producer in person
(USA, 2016, 90 mins), Colorado Premiere

A highly eccentric, childlike, ex-con tries to get his life back on track. A funny-sad tale of friendship, respirators, and refrigerators.

After a 3-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood in South Central LA to win back his girlfriend, only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do - forget he exists. Luckily, he has a bud. Starring Andre Royo (The Wire) and produced by Crested Butte native, Sara Murphy.

*One Showing only: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 3:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2


ICAROS: A VISION

Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi |click here for director bios|
Abou Farman and Adella Ladjevardi, Producer in attendance
(Peru/USA, 2016, 90 mins), Colorado Premiere

One of our favorite films of the year…A stunning, visual journey deep into the Amazon and into the mind of the hallucinogenic ayahuasca.   

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her susto: the disease of fear. A shamanic journey exploring fear, destiny and medicine in the jungle of the mind. Starring Ana Cecilia Stieglitz and Filippo Timi.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 1 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


MAD - Independent Spotlight

Robert G. Putka | click for director bio |
Mark Reeb and Eilis Cahill in attendance

(USA, 2015, 75 mins), Colorado Premiere

Film Festival favorite Mark Reeb returns in this comedic, dysfunctional, and ultimately heartwarming family-drama.

After a late-in-life divorce, and compounded by her bi-polar disorder, a matriarch finds herself placed in a psych ward after a nervous breakdown by her daughters. The daughters - with problems of their own - would rather dodge responsibility than actually care for her. Plus an institutionalized Mark Reeb in a neck collar. Starring Maryann Plunkett, Jennifer Lafleur, Eilis Cahill, and Mark Reeb.


*One Showing Only - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1- 7:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2


MORRIS FROM AMERICA

Chad Hartigan
Sara Murphy, Producer in person
(USA, 2016, 91 mins)

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a hip-hop, 13-year-old, African American kid sent to the ‘burbs of Germany.

A 13-year-old rapper focused on hip-hop stardom falls for a rebellious classmate after moving from the U.S. to the vanilla-white world of Germany after his widowed father lands a job coaching a German soccer team. Starring Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson and Carla Juri.

This film has been generously sponsored by The Collin Weston Memorial Fund; and by Emily and Bob Pannier.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 7 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


THE FITS - Independent Spotlight

Anna Rose Holmer
(USA, 2016, 72 mins)

A gorgeously-shot, mysterious meditation on puberty, sexuality, peer pressure, and trying to fit in.

While training as a boxer at the local gym, eleven year-old tomboy, Toni, becomes entranced with a female dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in, she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits. Starring Royalty Hightower and Alexis Neblett.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 12 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM MALLARDI THEATRE*

*Talkback with festival hosts Scott Aigner and Jack Hanley after Saturday screening.


THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED - Independent Spotlight

Pieter-Jan De Pue
(Belgium/Afghanistan, 2016, 87 mins), Colorado Premiere

A stunning Afghani tale about the mythical Return of the King - with landscapes straight out of a ski film and roving bands of gun-bearing children. Welcome to the horrors and riches of thirty years of war. A must-see, festival secret.

In this sumptuous blending of the documentary and narrative genres, the country of Afghanistan awaits the mythical return of their king after thirty years of foreign invasion. Set to reclaim the throne are a gang of kids who dig up old Soviet landmines and sell them to children working in a lapis lazuli mine; and a gang of machinegun-bearing kids who keep tight control of the mountain passes and dream of a time when American troops leave their country so they can ride bareback into the capital. The kind of film film festivals are all about.


* One showing only: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE # 2


THE LOBSTER

Yorgos Lanthimos
(Ireland/Greece, 2015, 119 mins)

No pressure here...You have 45 days to find a mate - or you’re turned into the animal of your choice.

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts, sent off into The Woods, and hunted. An absurd, comedic journey into the absurdity of relationships. Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

This film has been generously sponsored by Kathryn and Luke Kissam.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6:30 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #2*
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 4 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1

* Talkback with festival hosts Jack Hanley and Scott Aigner after the Friday show.


THE SINKING OF SOZOPOL - Independent Spotlight

Kostadin Bonev | click for director bio |
(Bulgaria, 2015, 100 mins), Colorado Premiere

Based on a best-selling novel about a troubled family of artists. A classic nod to European cinema that seamlessly shifts between times and locales. Think Bergman meets Tarkovsky.

An aging man returns to his hometown of Sozopol bringing along memories of his former lovers, passed family members, and ten bottles of vodka. It’s clear that when the vodka runs out, something must happen. Something that will change his life forever.

* One screening only - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 4:30 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #2


THE WITCH

Robert Eggers (USA, 2015, 92 mins)

“What went we out into this wilderness to find..?”  A terrifying look at a Puritan family torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession in 1630s New England. 

This Sundance film created huge, must-see buzz as a terrifying venture into the world of ostracism, “otherness”, bigotry and fear. Does calling someone “a witch” actually make them want to become a witch? Does it give them no other choices? What happens when you call someone a terrorist? Our special late-night fright. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 11 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS*
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 7 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #1

*Talkback with festival moderators Jack Hanley and Scott Aigner after the Friday show.


WILD

Nicolette Krebitz
(Germany, 2016, 97 mins), Colorado Premiere

No Reese Witherspoon film here. This Wild features a young woman who smashes the mold of civilization and reclaims her own true wild - with the help of a wolf.

Last year, Crested Butte Film Festival brought wolves to town. This year, we welcome a wolf into our home. Wild is a startling, very modern retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood legend - from the girl’s point of view. A young woman rebels against the hypocrisy of urban, corporate life and follows her guide into the forest where there is no turning back - but only a going deeper and deeper. Not for the faint of heart, but a true metaphorical journey for those who want to reclaim their “wild.” Starring Lilith Stangenberg and Georg Friedrich.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 10 AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1*

*Talkback with festival hosts Scott Aigner and Michael Brody following the Sunday show.