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2017 Naples International Film Festival


 
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20 Weeks

2017, NR, USA, Drama, English, 90 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Leena Pendharkar
Producer: Jane Kelly Kosek
Writer: Leena Pendharkar
Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison

20 Weeks is a romantic drama about a couple who finds out that their baby may have a serious health issue at their 20-week scan. As they're faced with tough decisions about their pregnancy, they recount their relationship and love for one another.

Saturday, October 28, 3:25pm
Sunday, October 29, 11:15am

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American Folk

2017, PG, USA, Musical, English, 99 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: David Heinz
Producers: Matt Miller, Fiona Walsh
Writer: David Heinz
Cast: Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, David Fine, Bruce Beatty

Two strangers, both folk musicians stranded in California, take a road trip to New York in the days after 9/11. American Folk is a story about the kindness of strangers and the power of music.

Friday, October 27, 1:30pm
Saturday, October 28, 6:05pm

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The Ballad of Lefty Brown

2017, NR, USA, Western, English, 111 minutes

Director: Jared Moshé
Producers: Edward Parks, Neda Armian, Dan Burks And Jared Moshé
Writer: Jared Moshé
Cast: Bill Pullman, Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, Joe Anderson, Diego Josef, Tommy Flanagan and Peter Fonda

When famed Frontier Lawman Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) is unexpectedly killed, his longtime sidekick and friend Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) will stop at nothing to avenge Johnson's death.

Friday, October 27, 3:30pm
Saturday, October 28, 2:10pm

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Blame

2017, NR, USA, Drama, English, 100 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Quinn Shephard
Producers: Laurie Shephard, Quinn Shephard
Writer: Quinn Shephard
Cast: Quinn Shephard, Nadia Alexander, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Marcia DeBonis, Tessa Albertson, Sarah Mezzanotte, Owen Campbell, Luke Slattery, Tate Donovan, Chris Messina

Chris Messina stars as a substitute drama teacher whose relationship with an unstable student (Quinn Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Nadia Alexander), sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Saturday, October 28, 8:25pm
Sunday, October 29, 5:15pm

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The Boy Downstairs

2017, NR, USA, Comedy, English, 91 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Sophie Brooks
Producers: Dan Clifton, David Brooks, Leon Clarance
Cast: Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O'Connell, Sarah Ramos, Diana Irvine

A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend's apartment building.

Friday, October 27, 7:45pm
Saturday, October 28, 1:30pm

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The Divine Order

2017, NR, Switzerland, Drama, Swiss with English subtitles, 96 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Petra Volpe
Producers: Reto Schaerli and Lukas Hobi
Writer: Petra Volpe
Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Peter Freiburghaus, Therese Affolter, Ella Rumpf, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement.

Saturday, October 28, 3:30pm
Sunday, October 29, 12:00pm

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Good After Bad

2017, NR, USA, Drama, English, 98 minutes
  East Coast Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Anne-Marie Hess
Producers: Matthew Leutwyler, Morgan Spurlock
Writer: Anne-Marie Hess
Cast: Maddie Hasson, Billy Burke, Melora Walters

When a troubled young teenage girl (Maddie Hasson) crosses paths with an eccentric bachelor (Billy Burke), they form a relationship that the outside world doesn’t understand.

Friday, October 27, 8:30pm
Sunday, October 29, 12:45pm

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Jasper Jones

2015, NR, Australia, Drama, English, 101 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Rachel Perkins
Producers: Vincent Sheehan, David Jowsey
Writer: Shaun Grant
Cast: Levi Miller, Kevin Long, Toni Collette, Aaron McGrath, Nandalie Campbell Killick, Dan Wyllie, Matt Nable, Wilson Moore, Luke Hewitt, Cooper Van Grootel, Jack Kilrain, Jesse Callaghan, Igor Sas, Angourie Rice, Susan Prior, Myles Pollard, Ron Ashton, Alexandra Jones, Howard Evans, Gabrielle Chan, Ferdinand Hoang, David Cowell, Hugo Weaving, Sam Longley, Steve Turner, Julia Moody, Toni Dearle

Based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community.

Saturday, October 28, 11:30am
Sunday, October 29, 4:05pm

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Laura Gets a Cat

2017, NR, USA, Comedy, English, 83 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Michael Ferrell
Producers: Michael Ferrell, Chris Prine, Devin Sanchez
Writer: Michael Ferrell
Cast: Dana Brooke, Michael Ferrell, Josh Tyson, Jason Kravits, Devin Sanchez, Chris Prine, Jamie Dunn, Elizabeth Dement, Eric Miller, Brian Mullins

Laura, an unemployed writer in New York City, has a boyfriend who provides little excitement and two best friends who seem to have achieved all their hopes and dreams, if only to spite her. Good thing she lives mostly inside her head, daydreaming about all the wonderful things happening in her imaginary life. After she starts an affair with Ian, a performance artist coffee shop barista, real life proves too complicated. She packs up a suitcase and moves to a small beach town only to find out that peace of mind is not necessarily found by chasing it.

Saturday, October 28, 8:30pm
Sunday, October 29, 2:15pm

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Let Yourself Go

2017, NR, Italy, Comedy, Italian with English subtitles, 98 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Francesco Amato
Producers: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
Writers: Francesco Bruni, Davide Lantieri, Francesco Amato
Cast: Toni Servillo, Verónica Echegui, Carla Signoris, Luca Marinelli

Elia (Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty) is a Jewish psychoanalyst from a purely Freudian school of thought. Due to his austere and detached manner, he is reputed for immediately generating awe in his patients. Elia lives alone in a flat on the same floor as his ex-wife, Giovanna, with whom he is still secretly in love. After a minor illness, his doctor prescribes an iron-rich diet and physical activity to lose a few extra kilos. That is how he chances upon Claudia, a personal trainer with the cult of physique but clearly not of mind ...

Friday, October 27, 11:15am
Saturday, October 28, 6:15pm

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Mad To Be Normal

2017, NR, UK, Drama, English, 106 minutes

Director: Robert Mullan
Producers: Phin Glynn, Charlotte Arden, Alan Latham
Writers: Robert Mullan, Tracy Moreton
Cast: David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon, Gabriel Bryne, David Bamber, Olivia Poulet

During the 1960s, a renegade Scottish psychiatrist courts controversy within his profession for his approach to the field, and for the unique community he creates for his patients to inhabit.

Friday, October 27, 12:45pm
Saturday, October 28, 6:00pm

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Napping Princess

2017, NR, Japan, English Dubbed, 110 minutes
  Family Friendly

Director: Kenji Kamiyama
Producers: Naoki Iwasa, Yoshiki Sakurai
Writer: Kenji Kamiyama

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is arrested for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him.

Sunday, October 29, 1:35pm

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Rock 'N' Roll

2017, NR, France, Comedy, French with English subtitles, 123 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Guillaume Canet
Producers: Alain Attal
Writers: Guillaume Canet, Philippe Lefebvre, Rodolphe Lauga
Cast: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Philippe Lefebvre, Camille Rowe, Kev Adams, Ben Foster, Maxim Nucci, Yarol Poupaud, Yvan Attal, Johnny Hallyday, Laeticia Hallyday

Guillaume Canet is told by a young co-star that he's no longer Rock 'N' Roll and can't sell films anymore. He then tries to prove her wrong and gets help from his girlfriend, Marion Cotillard.

Friday, October 27, 8:15pm
Sunday, October 29, 6:15pm

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The Scent of Rain and Lightning

2017, NR, USA, Drama, English, 103 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Blake Robbins
Producers: Dan Koetting, Kevin Waller, Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, Maggie Grace, Blake Robbins
Writers: Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison Cast, based on the novel by Nancy Pickard
Cast: Maika Monroe, Maggie Grace, Will Patton, Mark Webber, Justin Chatwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Logan Miller, Aaron Poole, Brad Carter, Meg Crosbie

Based on the novel The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard. When a young woman learns her parents’ killer has been released from jail, she is forced to revisit old wounds while discovering the destructive power of hate and the true cost of family secrets fully revealing themselves.

Saturday, October 28, 8:15pm
Sunday, October 29, 11:30am

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Seat 25

2016, NR, UK, Drama, English, 84 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Nicholas Agnew
Producers: Nicholas Agnew, Madeleine Cooke
Writers: Nicholas Agnew, Madeleine Cooke
Cast: Madeleine Cooke, Kate Ashfield, Nicholas Banks, Clare Fettarappa, Adnan Rashed, Stephen Lloyd, Hannah Dickinson, Daniel Brennan, Steve Tindall, Stacey Evans

When a woman wins a ticket on the first manned mission to Mars, she must decide whether to leave her husband, family and friends; or will the prospect of leaving forever make her realize what she has here on Earth?

Friday, October 27, 8:45pm
Saturday, October 28, 1:15pm

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Sidney Hall

2017, NR, USA, Drama, English, 120 minutes

Director: Shawn Christensen
Producers: Jonathan Schwartz, Audrey Wilf, Zygi Wilf, Logan Lerman, Shawn Christensen
Writers: Shawn Christensen, Jason Dolan
Cast: Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Monaghan, Blake Jenner

A brilliant young writer finds accidental success as his generation’s premier novelist until he disappears.

Friday, October 27, 6:15pm
Saturday, October 28, 8:00pm

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The Sounding

2017, NR, USA, Drama, English, 93 minutes
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Catherine Eaton
Producers: Caitlin Gold and Jessica Vale
Writers: Catherine Eaton and Bryan Delaney
Cast: Catherine Eaton, Harris Yulin, Teddy Sears and Frankie Faison

On a remote island off the coast of Maine, Liv, after years of silence, begins to weave a language out of Shakespeare's words. A driven neurologist, brought to the island to protect her, commits her to a psychiatric hospital. She becomes a full-blown rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life as she fights for her voice and her freedom. At a tipping point for otherness in our current climate, The Sounding champions it.

Friday, October 27, 6:00pm
Saturday, October 28, 11:45am

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Stuck

2017, NR, USA, Musical, English, 87 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Michael Berry
Producers: Mike Witherill
Writers: Michael Berry, based on the musical by Riley Thomas
Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan, Ashanti, Arden Cho, Omar Chaparro, Gerard Canonico

A modern musical film about six complete strangers who get stuck underground on a New York City subway. They are of different races, cultures and ages. The emotions of the trapped strangers fly as they reveal who they really are through song.

Closing Night Film & Wrap Party
Sunday, October 29, 7pm

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Films are not rated except where noted. These films are not intended for children unless indicated as Family Friendly.
All programming and dates are subject to change.

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