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AN EARLY LOOK AT FILMS AND GUESTS UNDER CONSIDERATION, SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND AVAILABILITY:




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BACK TO BURGUNDY
With Pio Marmai, Ana Giradot, director Cedric Klapisch

A story of sibling comraderie and family challenges unfolds amidst the beauty of a Burgundy winery. Arthouse Film Festival has premiered a number of Cedric Klapisch's films, most notably L'auberge espagnole and Chinese Puzzle. His sensitve weaving of humor and pathos has been well-received on these shores.


 


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BOOM FOR REAL
With Jim Jarmusch, Nan Goldin, director Sara Driver

Westfield, New Jersey native Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and the creative whirlwind of art and culture of the 1970s and 80s shaped his vision.


 


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CHAPPAQUIDDICK
With Jason Clarke, Bruce Dern, director John Curran

Many actors have attempted to portray one of the Kennedy brothers in a variety of films and TV productions. Jason Clarke inhabits Ted Kennedy with an astonishing performance that raises the bar to a new level. The scandal of Chappaquiddick returns to the stage of current of events with a searing relevance.


 


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THE CHINA HUSTLE
With Dan David, director Jed Rothstein

In 2008, Wall Street brought the economy to the brink of collapse with a shell game based on bankrupt mortgages. And now, the stock market is sky high again. The China Hustle uncovers the biggest heist you've never heard of, and challenges us to wake up and demand accountability and transparency in our markets before it's too late.


 


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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
With Andre Leon Tally, director Kate Novack

An emotional journey from Andre's roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become on of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times. Archival footage is weaved together with commentary by luminaries including Anna Winter, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford.


 


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THE GUARDIANS
With Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, director Xavier Beauvois

Adapted from the 1924 novel by Ernest Perochon, while World War I grinds up the souls and bodies of the men at the front, the women who remain on the farm must run the show. Romance, tragedy and rural beauty drive the struggle to survive, be happy and stay together.


 


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ISLE OF DOGS
With Edward Norton, Bill Murray, director Wes Anderson

Along with his team that produced The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson returns to direct his second animated feature film. Beginning with the simple premise of a boy in search of his dog, Anderson spins a fantastic odyssey with one of the greatest voice casts ever assembled including: F. Murray Abraham, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Liev Schreiber and Tilda Swinton.


 


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ISMAEL'S GHOSTS
With Marion Cottilard, Mathieu Amalric, director Arnaud Desplechin

Oscar winner and festival favorite Marion Cottilard returns to work with French auteur Arnaud Desplechin in a narrative about how our identities are forever being shaped by forces beyond our control. The scenario flows between different countries, from past to present and back, from stories within stories, and an ambitious montage of characters serving a director spinning out his audacious relationship to his art.


 


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UNDER THE TREE
With Steinthor Hhroar Stenhorsson, Edda Bjorgvinsdottir, director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

Icelandic director Sigurdsson combines comedy and drama to illuminate a long-simmering feud between suburban neighbors. As the antics spiral out of control, no one is spared including the family pets.


 


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WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE?
With Cate Blanchette, Kristen Wiig, director Richard Linklater

Based on Maria Semple's novel of the same name, Bernadette Fox, played by Cate Blanchett, is an architect-turned-recluse who disappears right before a family vacation to Antarctica. Seattle-centric life and discontent, and a teenage daughter's search for her mother propel this smart and hysterical dramedy.


 



 


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