The simple life in his mother’s hut off the grid set against the huge TVs in the apartment blocks where the other children live. Asalif adapts to the changes to his familiar surroundings with growing autonomy. He becomes Anbessa, the lion.
A lonesome boy accompanies his mother on a trip to clean out his late aunt’s house, and ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door.
ROAD TO 2020 MdFF VIRTUAL:
2019 FESTIVAL ENCORE
As we gear up for our first virtual festival, we’re relishing past Maryland Film Festivals and filmmakers with some exciting encore screenings, a theatrical premiere, and conversations with directors. These events capture the essence of MdFF and what you’ve come to expect as our discerning palette of independent cinema from cutting-edge filmmakers.
Join us in celebrating the distinct voice of MdFF films and filmmakers as we head into 2020 MdFF Virtual with our Maryland Film Festival Encore series!
96 minutes | Morocco | 2016
Filmmaker Oliver Laxe is back in this year’s festival with his latest film FIRE WILL COME. In anticipation, we’re reprising a theatrical run of 2017’s popular MIMOSAS, available in the Parkway Virtual Theatre starting May 22. With breathtaking cinematography and Laxe’s signature examination of subtly fascinating personalities, the film follows a dying elder who is being transported across Morocco’s Atlas mountains.
Watch this Festival Encore showing of Mimosas to prepare for…
2020 MdFF Virtual Selection:
FIRE WILL COME
The power of a mysterious fire links a notorious Galician arsonist and a young firefighter in this somber new tale from MdFF alum Oliver Laxe.
85 minutes | Ethiopia | 2019
In an exclusive premiere theatrical run – is MdFF 2019 favorite ANBESSA. This singular documentary follows ten-year-old Asalif around the outskirts of Addis Ababa, pulling the viewer into his world. MdFF Director Scott Braid will join filmmaker Mo Scarpelli in a video chat about the doc on Thursday, May 21, discussing her experience making the film, as well as insights into the upcoming MdFF 2020 premiere of her latest oeuvre, EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF.
Watch this Festival Encore showing of Anbessa to prepare for…
2020 MdFF Virtual Selection:
EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF
Mo Scarpelli returns to MdFF with this emotionally charged, meta exploration of how we tell stories, and at what cost. Featuring a non-actor cast and shot in the Amazon jungle.
UPCOMING LIVESTREAM EVENTS
Parkway Movie Club members can also enjoy your discount on films in our Virtual Theatre!
REPLAY COMING SOON!
MICA MFA Thesis Film Showcase + Q&A with filmmakers
This is only the beginning! Check back for more new releases in the Parkway Virtual Theatre
All proceeds from films viewed in our Virtual Theatre go directly to your favorite local nonprofit movie theatre (us)! Thank you! 💖
🎟 $8 Parkway Movie Tickets
✂️ Special event discounts
🎞 Maryland Film Festival discounts
😎 Exclusive members-only events
🍿 Merch and concessions discounts
🎬 Advance pass and ticket sales
🍕 Discounts at local Parkway Perks partners
🎁 Special gift for your birthday
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Parkway Virtual Theatre?
The Parkway Virtual Theatre is the SNF Parkway’s new in-house online streaming platform, created in partnership with Eventive. The Parkway Virtual Theatre brings the best of Parkway programming directly to our audiences at home. Parkway Movie Club members can also enjoy your discount on films in our Virtual Theatre!
How does this help the Parkway?
Nonprofit theaters like the Parkway, need your support now more than ever. By buying a virtual “ticket” to watch these films, you’ll be directly supporting your local art house cinema. All revenue is being shared between distributor and exhibitor (us) just as if you bought your ticket at the Parkway Theatre box office.