Maryland Film Festival 2017

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1. Austerlitz (2016)

94 min | Documentary

There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Star: Jean-Luc Julien

Votes: 386

2. The Hero (I) (2017)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Western

61 Metascore

An ailing movie star comes to terms with his past and mortality.

Director: Brett Haley | Stars: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman

Votes: 7,367 | Gross: $4.08M

3. Roar (1981)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family goes to Africa to meet their father who lives with wild lions.

Director: Noel Marshall | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall, Melanie Griffith, John Marshall

Votes: 2,722

4. Vagabond (1985)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss, Setti Ramdane

Votes: 7,604

5. Variety (1925)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Prologue: The murderer "Boss" Huller - after having spent ten years in prison - breaks his silence to tell the warden his story. "Boss", a former trapeze artist, and his wife own a cheap ... See full summary »

Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Lya De Putti, Warwick Ward

Votes: 884 | Gross: $0.71M

6. Beach Rats (2017)

R | 98 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with.

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff

Votes: 10,634 | Gross: $0.47M

7. Balloonfest (2017)

TV-PG | 6 min | Short

The city of Cleveland was abuzz on September 27, 1986. Over 1.5 million balloons were about to be released at once, breaking the world record. What could go wrong?

Director: Nathan Truesdell | Stars: Mary Allen, Big Chuck, Lil' John

Votes: 48

8. Commodity City (2017)

11 min | Documentary

Yiwu International Trade City is the world's largest market, selling cheap goods wholesale in a city south of Shanghai. The fake flowers, toys, pens and alarm clocks traded in Yiwu ... See full summary »

Director: Jessica Kingdon

Votes: 21

9. Game (I) (2017)

15 min | Short, Action, Drama

A new kid in town tests the limits at the high school basketball tryouts.

Director: Jeannie Donohoe | Stars: Rick Fox, Nicole Williams, Tye White, Jamie McShane

Votes: 70

10. Richard Twice (2017)

10 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Richard Atkins, the singer and songwriter of the early 70's California Pop Duo, 'Richard Twice' was on his way to stardom and a huge career in the music business when he mysteriously walked away from it all.

Director: Matthew Salton | Star: Richard Atkins

Votes: 33

11. They Charge for the Sun (2016)

16 min | Short, Sci-Fi

In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

Director: Terence Nance | Stars: Rylee Nykhol, Jontille Gerard, Crystal Cotton, Vickie Washington

Votes: 23

12. The Blood Is at the Doorstep (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

After Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform.

Director: Erik Ljung | Star: Wes Tank

Votes: 127

13. The Departure (I) (2017)

87 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

A Buddhist monk asks what we owe one another & provides experiences to help us find answers. Documentary.

Director: Lana Wilson

Votes: 150 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks (2017)

TV-MA | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

After husband and wife aid workers, Dr. Brinks and Dr. Brinks, die in a plane crash, their grown children are reunited for the first time in years. It takes days for Marcus and Michelle ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Crockett | Stars: Kristin Slaysman, Scott Rodgers, Ashley Spillers, Robert Longstreet

Votes: 30

15. Family Life (2017)

Unrated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

A young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a relatively distant relative and enjoys taking over the comfort of their lives in Santiago. Soon, he meets a cute neighbor and starts ... See full summary »

Directors: Cristián Jiménez, Alicia Scherson | Stars: Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Blanca Lewin, Cristián Carvajal

Votes: 114

16. HR Finding Joseph I (2016)

92 min | Documentary

"Finding Joseph I" is a feature documentary chronicling the eccentric life and struggles of punk rock reggae singer, Paul "HR" Hudson, a.k.a. Joseph I, legendary lead singer from Bad Brains.

Director: James Lathos | Stars: Mark Andersen, Yana Chupenko, Anthony Countey, Cro-Mags

Votes: 88

17. Golden Exits (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama

71 Metascore

An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe

Votes: 1,676 | Gross: $0.04M

18. Hermia & Helena (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Hermia & Helena is a film of dead ends and new beginnings, navigating different hemispheres and languages with amorous detours, where the written words of Shakespeare clash with the entanglements of modern, digital life.

Director: Matías Piñeiro | Stars: Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Mati Diop, Keith Poulson

Votes: 358 | Gross: $0.04M

19. Human Surge (2016)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A 3-country observation of the millenials in Argentina, Mozambique, and the Philippines.

Director: Eduardo Williams | Stars: Sergio Morosini, Shine Marx, Domingos Marengula, Irene Doliente Paña

Votes: 268

20. Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction (2017)

PG-13 | 115 min | Documentary, History

75 Metascore

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger meets with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the continuing denial by the Turkish government of it ever happening.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, Hagop Asadourian, Peter Balakian

Votes: 424

21. Kékszakállú (2016)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Several young daughters of rich industrialists examine in an equally intangible and compelling way the physical and spiritual aspects of a cultural recession.

Director: Gastón Solnicki | Stars: Laila Maltz, Lara Tarlowski, Katia Szechtman, Denise Groesman

Votes: 291

22. Lemon (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A man watches his life unravel after he is left by his girlfriend of 10 years.

Director: Janicza Bravo | Stars: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Gillian Jacobs

Votes: 1,460 | Gross: $0.03M

23. The Little Hours (2017)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.

Director: Jeff Baena | Stars: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 17,562 | Gross: $1.65M

24. Love After Love (2017)

91 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

Following the death of their father, two sons deal with the trials of their own lives while watching their mother explore new beginnings of her own.

Director: Russell Harbaugh | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd, James Adomian, Gareth Williams

Votes: 750 | Gross: $0.11M

25. Maineland (2017)

90 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

Stella and Harry are affluent, cosmopolitan teenagers who are part of the enormous wave of "parachute students" from Mainland China enrolling in U.S. private schools. Shot over three years ... See full summary »

Director: Miao Wang

Votes: 79

26. Mimosas (2016)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A dying Sheikh travels across the Moroccan Atlas in a caravan escorted by two rogues.

Director: Oliver Laxe | Stars: Ahmed Hammoud, Shakib Ben Omar, Said Aagli, Ikram Anzouli

Votes: 687

27. Motherland (2017)

94 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers... See full summary »

Director: Ramona S. Diaz

Votes: 183

28. Park (I) (2016)

100 min | Drama

Athens Olympic Village, ten years after the Games: wilding youths, injured retired athletes and stray dogs among ruins and decaying sports venues.

Director: Sofia Exarchou | Stars: Dimitris Kitsos, Dimitra Vlagopoulou, Thomas Bo Larsen, Enuki Gvenatadze

Votes: 312

29. Person to Person (2017)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.

Director: Dustin Guy Defa | Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Bene Coopersmith

Votes: 1,305 | Gross: $0.05M

30. Princess Cyd (2017)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Eager to escape life with her depressive single father, 16-year-old athlete Cyd Loughlin visits her novelist aunt in Chicago over the summer. While there, she falls for a girl in the ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Cone | Stars: Marika Mashburn, Jessie Pinnick, Paul Brian Fagen, Keith Kupferer

Votes: 2,498

31. Rat Film (2016)

82 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat--as well as the ... See full summary »

Director: Theo Anthony | Stars: Theo Anthony, Dan Deacon, Matt Fouse, Will Kearney III

Votes: 428 | Gross: $0.04M

32. The Stairs (IV) (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

An in-depth look into the lives of habitual drug users in Toronto's Regent Park.

Director: Hugh Gibson

Votes: 75

33. The Strange Ones (2017)

R | 81 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.

Directors: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Gene Jones

Votes: 2,117

34. Sylvio (2017)

Unrated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A small town gorilla joins a local TV program where a series of on-air mishaps send him on a journey of self-discovery.

Directors: Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney | Stars: Sylvio Bernardi, Meghan Doherty, Kentucker Audley, Steve Bauer

Votes: 314

35. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (2017)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries-and path of promise toward the American dream-Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements ... See full summary »

Directors: Stanley Nelson, Marco Williams

Votes: 75

36. Thirst Street (2017)

Unrated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Gina, an American flight attendant, falls in with a Parisian bartender on a layover only to find herself tangled in a web of deception, delusion and unrequited amour fou.

Director: Nathan Silver | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Lindsay Burdge, Esther Garrel, Damien Bonnard

Votes: 418

37. Werewolf (2016)

R | 80 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Blaise and Nessa are outcast methadone users in their small town. Each day they push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass. Nessa plots an escape, while Blaise lingers closer ... See full summary »

Director: Ashley McKenzie | Stars: Andrew Gillis, Bhreagh MacNeil, Mark Woodland, Donald Campbell

Votes: 374

38. Whose Streets? (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Directors: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis | Stars: Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., David Whitt, Montague Simmons

Votes: 977 | Gross: $0.18M



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