Friday, July 7, 2017

MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL: Now Playing at the Parkway: July 7 - 13


Band Aid, the refreshingly raw, real, and hilarious feature debut from Zoe Lister-Jones, is the story of a couple, Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen), they start a band. A story of love, loss, and rock and roll, Band Aid is a witty and perceptive view of modern love, with some seriously catchy pop hooks to boot.“An exuberantly low-key charmer that uses a light, wry touch.” – Hollywood Reporter

Screening all week! Check for showtimes.


Versailles, August 1715. Back from hunting, Louis XIV–magisterially interpreted by New Wave icon and honorary Palme d’Or recipient Jean-Pierre Léaud–feels pain in his leg. A serious fever erupts, which marks the beginning of the agony of the greatest King of France. Surrounded by a horde of doctors and his closest counselors who come in turns at his bedside sensing the impending power vacuum, the Sun King struggles to run the country from his bed. Based on extensive medical records and the memoirs of the Duke of Saint-Simon and other courtiers, The Death of Louis XIV is a wry neoclassical chamber drama, a work of pure magic by Albert Serra, one of today’s most singular directors.

Screening all week! Check for showtimes.


With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Kôji Fukada creates an explosive family drama with Harmonium. Intended as a companion piece to the black Hospitality, Harmonium returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio (Kanji Furutachi), his wife Akie (Mariko Tsutsui) and their young daughter Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa) carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano from THOR), an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison. Harmonium captivated critics and audiences alike during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.

Screening all week! Check for showtimes.

In The Jungle, playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable narrator in a self imposed exile. Given a grant to study the equivalent of animal cries in jungle flora our heroine has lived for 1,612 days deep in an unnamed jungle. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death, fear and sustenance; a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of ‘civilization’.
Equal parts musical, performance piece and poetic lecture, In The Jungle is a 63 minute hybridized essay film written and directed by Stephanie Barber, starring Cricket Arrison and M.C. Schmidt, cinematography by Mathew Robert Thompson and sets designed by Smelling Salt Amusements. –SB

NOTE: Immediately following the screening, director, Stephanie Barber, co-star Cricket Arrison & set designer, Peter Redgrave will participate in a Q&A.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12: Gunky’s Basement returns with Stanley Kubrick’s masterful horror film from a 35mm print! Gunky’s is a film series curated and hosted by longtime friends and collaborators musician Dan Deacon and video artist Jimmy Joe Roche, in conjunction with MdFF’s director of programming Eric Hatch. Films in the series are presented from 35mm prints, and original posters are created for each screening by Baltimore artists. Tickets are available for purchase online now!

  • July 11: Sight Unseen presents In The Jungle
  • July 12: The return of Gunky's Basement with The Shining on 35mm
  • July 13 - FREE THURSDAYS: Black Girl
  • July 21 - ARTSCAPE FREE FILMS: Wet Hot American Summer
  • July 22 - 23 - ARTSCAPE FREE FILMS: MdFF Shorts Programs