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Sophie Farkas Bolla, from Quebec, is one our favorite repeat filmmakers, having won our 2009 prize for Best Short. In this beautiful and scary fantasy, children lead an idyllic existence until they grow too tall and are banished from their village. A boy and a girl attempt to escape their fate and are transformed forever.
BWFF is honored to kick off this year’s festival with a showing of the 2016 digitally restored version of John Hanson’s beautiful 1993 film, “Shimmer.” The story of two boys stuck in a 1950’s Iowa juvenile detention center, the strategies they use to psychologically survive, and and the break they make to try to find a dimly remembered home, makes it well worth leaving work a little early on Friday to see this special screening. Starring Markus Klemp, Elijah Shepard, and Mary Beth Hurt. John Hanson will journey from his Bayfield home to answer questions after the film.
A young woman awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure, performed in an attempt to make her look “normal.” Fans of the Twilight Zone may note a similarity to a memorable episode. This stylishly shot black and white film comes to us from Belgium.
There’s a reason we chose this film as our Friday night feature film: once the committee started watching this we couldn’t stop. (Confession: Because of all the films we have to screen in creating the program, if we see a feature length film we think we like, we usually delegate it to a subcommittee to watch in its entirety, and then to make a recommendation back to the full committee.) This is an absolutely fascinating and well-told story of the first Outward Bound course for women, held in the Boundary Waters in 1965. Because the women’s course was recognized at the time as a ground-breaking moment, the event was well documented in film and still photos, which Maxine Davis combines with participants’ journal entries, her own recollections, and interviews with her fellow alumni of the course, to create a stunning portrait of the time. The course changed most participants’ lives forever, and for the better. We see many of them as they make a return trip to Ely 50 years later. Maxine is planning to join us for the screening. Here’s a trailer.
Pierre Gaffie sends us another postcard from France. In the aftermath of a breakup with her boyfriend, Sonia finds a 45 vinyl single, which she knows will provide the answers she seeks on how to mend her heart. But, zut alors, where to find a record player?