Aug 26, 2014

Sneak preview of NOVEMBER MAN at 7pm at AMC White Marsh.  Free passes for Friends of the Festival!

Sneak Preview of NOVEMBER MAN at AMC White Marsh!
Aug 21, 2014

Sneak preview of PRIDE at the Charles Theater at 7pm!  Free passes for Friends of the Festival!

Sneak Preview of PRIDE at the Charles Theater!
Aug 20, 2014

WTMD hosts a screening of MFF 2014's CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU with director Chris LaMartina at 8pm at WTMD Headquarters.

Screening of MFF 2014's CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU with Director!
Aug 07, 2014

Join MFF at AVAM's Flicks From The Hill Screening of TIME BANDITS!  Film screens at 9pm on Federal Hill.  FREE!

Join MFF at AVAM's Flicks From The Hill!

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Directed By: Manolo Nieto
Run Time: 121 Minutes
Starring: Felipe Dieste, Rossana Cabrera, Leonor Courtoisie

A wave of exciting films from Uruguay has hit the festival circuit over the last decade, evidence of a rich film culture previously under-represented on U.S. screens. As with Gigante (2009) and A Useful Life (MFF 2011)—films that share beautiful camerawork from this film’s Arauco Hernández Holz—The Militant focuses on an idiosyncratic loner struggling to find his rhythm with the people around him.

In this case, our protagonist is Ariel, a taciturn student organizer who relocates from Montevideo to his rural hometown Salto after the passing of this father. There, Ariel struggles to connect to the less-disciplined student groups in Salto, who seem big on self-important talk, but small on results. At the same time, he finds that his father left behind him unfinished business both personal and financial—loose ends that have a host of strange characters looking to Ariel for answers he doesn’t have.

With The Militant, Manolo Nieto has delivered a rich concoction that feels at once both otherworldly and familiar. Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso (a guest at MFF 2010 with Liverpool) is a producer here, and his stark aesthetic is reflected in some aspects of this film. But The Militant functions also as a multi-faceted comedy: a wry character study, a good-humored portrait of a quirky community, and a toothy satire of both contemporary protest tactics and the counterculture of the 1960s-70s (albeit a satire that feels simpatico with the rebellious spirit and political goals of its characters). In short, it’s a smart and artistically rewarding slice of global cinema—not to mention one that stands up to the true test of a great film: it will live on in your imagination long after the viewing experience ends. (Eric Allen Hatch)



May 08, 2014
04:15 PM
UB Business Center
May 11, 2014
11:30 AM
MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center