Enzian Announces 2015 Florida Film Festival Program LineupDownload Press Release
Orlando, FL – (March 18, 2015) Enzian announced today the program lineup for the 24th Annual Florida Film Festival, April 10-19, 2015, in Maitland and Winter Park, Florida, with Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and Primary Public Partners Orange County Government and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. The Florida Film Festival will screen more than 176 feature and short films representing 30 countries, along with celebrity guest appearances, forums, and parties. Of the films selected, 150 have premiere status, including 21 world premieres. Full lineup listed below. Film descriptions, trailers, stills, and schedule available at: www.floridafilmfestival.com/program
Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, remarked, “The Florida Film Festival continues to attract independent filmmakers in record numbers. With so many films appearing on Florida screens for the first time, our audience has the chance to experience amazing stories with a broad range of themes, styles, and surprises. There really is something new and exciting for everyone to explore this year.”
“I just love this year’s group of films. While the selection process was more difficult than ever due to the sheer volume of compelling entries that made us sit up and take notice, I’m confident our audiences will be as entertained, engaged, surprised, and moved as we were,” commented Matthew Curtis, Florida Film Festival Programming Director. “Once again, we have a great mix of fresh, exciting talent and returning Florida Film Festival veterans doing outstanding new work that we’re proud to present to our community. Without a doubt, there is something for every possible taste in our lineup.”
The 20 feature competition films will be eligible for up to three awards each: a Grand Jury Award for best film in that category, a Special Jury Award given at the jury’s discretion for exceptional achievements, and an Audience Award determined by audience votes. International films are also eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature and Best International Short.
Additional special guest announcements are forthcoming.
Opening Night Film
WELCOME TO ME
USA, 2014, 87 MIN, RATED R
DIRECTED BY SHIRA PIVEN
STARRING KRISTEN WIIG, JAMES MARSDEN, LINDA CARDELLINI, JENNIFER JASON LEIGH, JOAN CUSACK, TIM ROBBINS, LORETTA DIVINE, WES BENTLEY, THOMAS MANN, & ALAN TUDYK
What happens when a young woman who’s a shut-in with Borderline Personality Disorder wins $86 million in the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show in this thoughtful, often hilarious black comedy.
USA, 2014, 2 MIN
DIRECTED BY PES
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Stop-motion wizard and FFF favorite PES (“Roof Sex,” FFF 2003; “Western Spaghetti,” FFF 2009; “Fresh Guacamole,” FFF 2012) completes his culinary arts trilogy with this ingenious mix of nostalgia, sporting equipment, and your friendly neighborhood deli.
An Evening with Sam Rockwell, featuring MOON
UK, 2009, 97 MIN, RATED R
DIRECTED BY DUNCAN JONES
Friday, April 17, 7:30–10:45PM at Enzian
Winner of 22 international awards, MOON is a mesmerizing mind-bender and one of the most acclaimed science-fiction films of our time. The always-brilliant Sam Rockwell plays an astronaut nearing the completion of his three-year contract working on the dark side of the moon, but the isolation has begun to take its toll.
Mr. Rockwell will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
Announcements of additional special guests to follow.
THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED
SWEDEN, 2014, 114 MIN DIRECTED BY FELIX HERNGREN
IN ENGLISH, SWEDISH, GERMAN, SPANISH, FRENCH, AND RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
In this wry, whimsical, and satirical comedy, an irrepressible centenarian escapes a retirement home, thus beginning a picaresque journey during which he’ll meet kindred spirits and inadvertently dispatch nasty foes. During the journey, he narrates his eventful life story—with a dash of Forrest Gump, Zelig, and Candide.
DO I SOUND GAY?
USA, 2014, 77 MIN
DIRECTED BY DAVID THORPE
A journalist embarks on a hilarious and touching journey of self-discovery while confronting his anxiety about “sounding gay.” Enlisting acting coaches, linguists, friends, family, total strangers, and celebrities like Margaret Cho, George Takei, and David Sedaris, he gains valuable insight into the way people talk.
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON
USA/UK, 2015, 93 MIN
DIRECTED BY DOUGLAS TIROLA
Featuring rare and never-before-seen footage, this is the hilarious story of The National Lampoon from its subversive and electrifying beginnings as the magazine for the counterculture in the early ‘70s. Enlightening, inflammatory, and brilliantly entertaining, this is required viewing for anyone who loves to laugh.
FRANCE, 2014, 99 MIN DIRECTED BY ANNE FONTAINE
IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Martin the baker is awestruck when the radiant Gemma Bovery moves next door. As her story begins imitating Madame Bovary’s from Flaubert’s classic novel, Martin comically interjects himself in a desperate attempt to save her from the novel’s tragic ending in this charmer from Anne Fontaine.
THE KEEPING ROOM
USA, 2014, 95 MIN
DIRECTED BY DANIEL BARBER
EAST COAST PREMIERE
In the waning days of the American Civil War, three young women—two sisters and a slave—find themselves in a struggle for survival when they come under attack from two renegade Union soldiers. Brit Marling and Sam Worthington star in this violent and thrilling historical drama.
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
USA, 2014, 105 MIN
DIRECTED BY DAVID ZELLNER
IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A Japanese office worker believes Fargo is a documentary and heads to North Dakota in the winter to find the buried suitcase of stolen cash. This darkly comic odyssey, from indie mavericks the Zellner Bros., is a strangely touching underdog fable.
USA, 2015, 80 MIN
DIRECTED BY PATRICK BRICE
In an attempt to acclimate to Los Angeles, a young couple (Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling) spends an increasingly bizarre evening with the parents (Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godreche) of their son’s new friend. A painfully funny take on 30-something sexual frustration, parenthood, and universal inadequacies.
USA, 2015, 105 MIN
DIRECTED BY ANDREW BUJALSKI
Two mismatched personal trainers’ (Guy Pearce, Colbie Smulders) lives are upended by the actions of a new wealthy client (Kevin Corrigan), who is divorced, lonely, and utterly miserable. Andrew Bujalski‘s (Computer Chess) fun, intimate fable is a romantic comedy with a unique sensibility.
USA/NORWAY, 2014, 100 MIN
DIRECTED BY MARAH STRAUCH
The incredible story of Carl Boenish, the exuberant inventor of BASE jumping (parachuting from a fixed object), is thrillingly told—incorporating his own jaw-dropping 16mm footage of his increasingly dangerous free-fall challenges. An exhilarating documentary feature debut from Marah Strauch.
A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND
UK, 2014, 111 MIN
DIRECTED BY MORGAN MATTHEWS
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Autistic teenage prodigy (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) competes in the International Mathematical Olympiad, learning to relate to people, not numbers. Cast includes Sally Hawkins (Oscar® nominee, Blue Jasmine) as his mom, Rafe Spall (Hot Fuzz) as his mentor, and Eddie Marsan (TV’s Ray Donovan) as his coach. What could play by the numbers, doesn’t.
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