|FESTIVAL FILM PERFORMANCE 1: We will depart by bus for the first film in our schedule, Dead Man's Burden 93 min., 1:30 pm, at the Hollywood 20 in downtown Sarasota. |
At the end of the Civil War, Wade McCurry and his sister Martha reunite on the family’s plot on the wild frontier of New Mexico to try to restart their lives. But when a mining company comes to calling for their land, the siblings must figure out whether to stick together and make a go of it or give up what little they have. DEAD MAN’S BURDEN is a tremendously effective entry into the recent revival of the western, utilizing the classic storytelling of the genre in the service of a twisting, turning story. Directed by Jared Moshe.
The festival emphasizes the best in new cinema alongside exciting repertory work with more than 200 choices including features, documentaries, shorts, foreign films and more. Films can run from 11:30am to midnight daily during the festival.
FESTIVAL FILM PERFORMANCE 2: View the second selected film in our series Forgotten Kingdom, 96 min., 4:00 pm. The streets of Johannesburg, South Africa are filled with tough guys and gangsters, but after the death of his father, the street-wise Atang leaves the hustle of the streets to return to his ancestral village in Lesotho. As is required, Atang must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village of where he was born. Stirred by fresh memories of his youth, Atang falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo and rediscovers the power of the past he has forsaken. Andrew Mudge’s THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM is a ravishingly photographed exploration of the power of tradition. As the director of the festival has said, "Our audience continues to allow us to take risks with new, exciting films. This year's festival program is our largest ever, reflecting the growth of our festival and our belief that cinema can provide an important framework for audiences and artists to examine the variety of human experience."