NASHVILLE, TN – Sept. 13, 2019 – The Nashville Film Festival 50th Anniversary Celebration takes place Oct. 3-12. The Narrative Features Competition Program selections have been made and “Alice,” “The Best of Dorien B.,” “The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open,” “Burning Cane,” “Dirty God,” “Eternal Winter,” “Retrospekt,” “Saint Frances,” “Watch List” and “This World Won't Break.” The films represent a broad global view of the human condition through stories of strength, struggle and redemption.
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM
Alice, directed by Josephine Mackerras
After discovering that her husband's addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child. Origin: United States
The Best of Dorien B., directed by Anke Blondé
Dorien has everything to be happy: a successful husband, two adorable children and a booming veterinary practice. One day, everything falls apart. She discovers her mother's long-running love affair, her husband appears to be very close to a colleague and she has this lump in her breast. She needs someone to talk to but no-one seems to listen. Is this truly the life she dreamt of? Dorien realizes it's time to make some changes. Origin: Belgium
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Two Indigenous women from different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver, B.C. sidewalk when brutality and fear drives one of them out from her home and into the cold rain. As this encounter develops, what began as violent and terrifying tentatively expands as the women's shared imagery and cultural experience weave a fragile bond. Both women now must face their own struggle as they navigate the complexities of motherhood, class, race, and the ongoing legacy of colonialism. Origin: Canada
Burning Cane, directed by Phillip Youmans
Under the beating Louisiana summer sun, a deeply religious woman struggles to reconcile her convictions of faith with the love she has for her alcoholic son and her troubled preacher. Origin: United States
Dirty God, directed by Sacha Polak
A young British mother struggles to reclaim her life after a brutal acid attack leaves her severely scarred. Origin: Netherlands
Eternal Winter, directed by Attila Szász
This is a true story of a romance in a Soviet labor camp. In Christmas 1944, Soviet soldiers invade Hungary and drag every young Ethnic German woman away from a small village and transport them to a labor camp where they are forced to work in the coal mines. This is where Irén meets fellow prisoner Rajmund who decides to teach her how to survive. Origin: Hungary
Retrospekt, directed by Esther Rots
At Mette's Domestic Violence Support Centre no appropriate or safe care can be found for Miller. Mette seizes this opportunity to help, hoping to find distraction and constructiveness from her own domestic problems. She offers her spare bed to Miller, whilst being fully aware of the potential consequences and dangers of her actions. Origin: Netherlands
Saint Frances, directed by Alex Thompson
After her decision to end an unwanted pregnancy, 34-year-old Bridget reluctantly agrees to nanny the bright and rambunctious Frances and forms an unexpected bond with her and her parents. Origin: United States
Watch List, directed by Ben Rekhi
Set against the drug wars in the Philippines, Maria, after her husband is murdered under mysterious circumstances, is left to fend for her three children in a virtual police state. As she delves into Manila's dark underworld of cops, criminals, and drugs to find answers, she realizes the truth is never black and white, and she must explore her own darkness to keep her family safe. Origin: Philippines
This World Won't Break, directed by Josh David Jordan
A broke-down, middle-aged Texas troubadour yearns to be remembered like the southern bluesmen before him, but his failings and self-doubt forestall his musical dreams and blind him to the open road. Origin: United States
Additional programming announcements for Nashville Film Festival's 50thAnniversary will continue through the end of September.
VIP Festival badges are now on sale beginning at $295. VIP Badges provide priority access to films, panels and exclusive parties. Single ticket sales for most films and panels are on sale now.
For tickets and more information, visit www.nashfilm.org.
About Nashville Film Festival:
The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film and partners with the Thompson Nashville to host guests from all over the world. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019. For more information, visit www.nashfilm.org.
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