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2019 Naples International Film Festival


 
Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

2018, NR, UK, Dramedy, 87 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: Leon Chambers
Producer: Leon Chambers
Writer: Simon Lord
Cast: Naomi Morris, Andrew Murton, Philip Jackson

When headstrong Charlie discovers her parents have been keeping her biological father secret from her, she does what any 18-year-old would do — she recruits a rough sleeper to be her “responsible adult” and sets off for Scotland with her provisional driver’s license to go and find him.

Saturday, October 26, 8:20pm
Sunday, October 27, 1:45pm

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Alice

Alice

2019, NR, Australia/France, Drama, 105 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  French with English Subtitles

Director: Josephine Mackerras
Producer: Josephine Mackerras
Writer: Josephine Mackerras
Cast: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloe Boreham, Christophe Favre, David Coburn, Philippe de Monts, Rebecca Finet

Alice is the perfect wife and mother, living happily with her husband, Francois, and their son. But when her credit cards are declined one day while shopping, Alice discovers that Francois has spent all their money at an escort service and abandoned them. With the bank threatening to foreclose on her apartment, Alice approaches the escort service Francois was addicted to, desperate to make some quick cash. Alice is the winner of the Narrative Feature Competition in the Grand Jury Awards at South by Southwest Film Festival.

Friday, October 25, 5:45pm
Saturday, October 26, 1:45pm

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Daffodils

Daffodils

2018, NR, New Zealand, Romance/Musical, 93 minutes
  North American Premiere

Director: David Stubbs
Producer: Richard Fletcher, David Stubbs
Writer: Rochelle Bright
Cast: Rose McIver, George Mason, Kimbra, Mark Mitchinson, Tandi Wright, Katie Wolge

Leaving her dying father’s bedside, Maisie rushes to perform at an indie music gig in town. But as she sings the opening song, it’s hard for her to ignore the heartfelt story she’s just been told — the tale of how her father met and fell in love with her mother… and how it all devastatingly fell apart.

Friday, October 25, 1:45pm
Sunday, October 27, 4:55pm

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Dolce Fine Giornata

Dolce Fine Giornata

2019, NR, Poland, Drama, 96 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Italian, Polish and French with English Subtitles

Director: Jacek Borcuch
Producer: Marta Habior
Writer: Jacek Borcuch, Szczepan Twardoch
Cast: Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutniak, Vincent Riotta, Antonio Catania, Robin Renucci, Lorenzo de Moor

Nobel Prize winner Maria Linde’s life follows the quiet rhythms of the Italian countryside, until her world and relationships with her husband and daughter begin to erode as she grows fond of a young immigrant she has met. When a terrorist attack takes place in Rome, Maria shares a controversial opinion in an impassioned acceptance speech, igniting controversy in her village and across Europe.

Friday, October 25, 4pm
Sunday, October 27, 6:30pm

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From the Vine

From the Vine

2019, NR, Canada, Drama, 94 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Sean Cisterna
Producers: Kyle Bornais, Paula Brancati, Ken Cancellara, Francesco Papa, Sean Cisterna
Writer: Willem Wennekers
Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Marco Leonardi, Paula Brancati

From the Vine tells the story of a downtrodden CEO experiencing a moral crisis who returns to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass. He discovers new life by reviving his grandfather’s old vineyard, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future and reconnecting with his family in the process.

Saturday, October 26, 8:15pm
Sunday, October 27, 11am

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Go Back to China

Go Back to China

2019, NR, USA/China, Dramedy, 96 minutes
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Emily Ting
Producer: Emily Ting, Sophia Shek, Frederick Thornton
Writer: Emily Ting
Cast: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu

When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life-altering journey of self-discovery. Sasha not only learns the business from the ground up, but she also learns to reconnect with her estranged family.

Friday, October 25, 5:15pm
Saturday, October 26, 8:45pm

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International Falls

International Falls

2019, NR, USA, Dramedy, 96 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: Amber McGinnis
Producer: Amber McGinnis, Nicholas Dunlevy
Writer: Thomas Ward
Cast: Rachael Harris, Rob Huebel, Matthew Glave, Jessie Sherman, Erik Griffin, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Nealon

Dee is stuck in a boring job and a broken marriage in Minnesota’s International Falls, a small, snowbound border town. Harboring a secret dream of a stand-up career, Dee encounters Tim, a burned-out touring comedian who feels trapped by the very life Dee desires for herself. As these two lost souls form an unlikely friendship, they’ll be forced to face the harsh but funny truths of their lives.

Friday, October 25, 1:30pm
Saturday, October 26, 3:40am

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The Keeper

2019, NR, UK, Drama, 119 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Producers: Chris Curling, Robert Marciniak, Steve Milne
Writers: Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Nicholas J. Schofield
Cast: David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Dervla Kirwan, Gary Lewis, Dave Johns

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a former German soldier and prisoner of war who becomes a football icon in postwar England as the goalkeeper for Manchester City F.C. With the support of the woman he loves and a rabbi, Bert overcomes all odds to win the 1956 FA Cup Final.

Friday, October 25, 11am
Sunday, October 27, 4pm

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Kill Team

The Kill Team

2019, NR, USA, Drama, 87 minutes

Director: Dan Krauss
Producers: Adrián Guerra, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
Writer: Dan Krauss
Cast: Nat Wolff, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Long, Jonathan Whitesell, Brian “Sene” Marc, Rob Morrow

When Andrew Briggman, a young U.S. soldier deployed in Afghanistan, witnesses members of his unit killing innocent civilians at the direction of their sadistic commanding officer, he considers reporting them to higher-ups — but the heavily-armed, increasingly violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he will be their next target.

Friday, October 25, 9pm
Sunday, October 27, 6pm

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Metal Heart

Metal Heart

2018, NR, Ireland, Comedy, 90 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Director: Hugh O’Conor
Producer: Robert Walpole, Rebecca O’Flanagan, Claire McCaughley
Writer: Paul Murray
Cast: Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Seán Doyle, Alan Heffernan

Fraternal twin sisters Emma and Chantal are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, and unsure of which path to take in life, while Chantal is beautiful, confident and knows exactly where her life is headed. When their parents go away for the summer, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over… especially when the mysterious boy next door moves back in.

Friday, October 25, 12:30pm
Saturday, October 26, 3:15pm

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Miss Virginia

Miss Virginia

2019, PG-13, USA, Drama, 106 minutes
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: R. J. Daniel Hanna
Producers: M. Elizabeth Hughes, Stacey Parks, Maurice Black, Erin O'Connor, Rob Pfaltzgraff
Writer: Erin O'Connor
Cast: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, Niles Fitch, Aunjanue Ellis, Vanessa Williams, Adina Porter, Amirah Van

A struggling single mother places her teenage son in a private school after nearly losing him to the rough streets of Washington, D.C. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying her son and thousands like him.

Friday, October 25, 8:30pm
Saturday, October 26, 1:10pm

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Princess of the Row

Princess of the Row

2019, NR, USA, Drama, 85 minutes
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Van Maximilian Carlson
Producers: Shawn Austin, Edi Gathegi
Writers: Shawn Austin, Van Maximilian Carlson
Cast: Martin Sheen, Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck, Ana Ortiz, Jacob Vargas

Bouncing around the foster care system for most of her life, 12-year-old Alicia Willis ditches school to visit her mentally ill veteran father, Sgt. Beaumont “Bo” Willis, who lives on the streets of L.A.’s Skid Row. When the perfect home is found for Alicia, she decides to escape the city with her father to live with him as a family.

Opening Night Film

Thursday, October 24
6pm Red Carpet Walk, 7pm Film Presentation

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South Mountain

South Mountain

2019, NR, USA, Drama, 85 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: Hilary Brougher
Producer: Susan A. Stover, Maria Rosenblum, Kristin M. Frost
Writer: Hilary Brougher
Cast: Talia Balsam, Scott Cohen, Andrus Nichols, Michael Oberholtzer, Naian González Norvind, Macaulee Rusnak Cassaday, Midori Francis, Isis Masoud

Lila is an artist who teaches at a community college and has built a modest rural paradise in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her husband, Edgar. But when Edgar reveals that he has started a new family with another woman, Lila is left on her own for a season of explosive grief and self-rediscovery.

Saturday, October 26, 6:00pm
Sunday, October 27, 11:15am

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Standing Up, Falling Down

Standing Up, Falling Down

2018, NR, USA, Drama, 91 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Matt Ratner
Producers: Chris Mangano, Matt Ratner, Rick Rosenthal, John Hermann, Gabrielle Nadig
Cast: Billy Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Kevin Dunn, Debra Monk, Nate Corddry, Jill Hennessy, Leonard Ouzts, John Behlmann

After begrudgingly returning to Long Island after striking out on the Los Angeles comedy scene, stand-up comedian Scott is humiliated to move back in with his parents. Wracked with doubt and facing the prospect of a soul-crushing “real” job, Scott finds an unexpected connection with Marty, a local dermatologist and charming barfly with a penchant for karaoke.

Friday, October 25, 8pm
Saturday, October 26, 11:30am

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Top End Wedding

Top End Wedding

2019, NR, Australia, Romantic Comedy, 103 minutes

Director: Wayne Blair
Producers: Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne, Kate Croser
Writer: Joshua Tyler, Miranda Tapsell
Cast: Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox, Huw Higginson

Engaged and in love, Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to find Lauren’s mother (who has gone AWOL somewhere in Australia’s Northern Territory), reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding. As the couple travels through the wild beauty of the Northern Territory landscapes, they meet unforgettable characters, find fulfillment and learn why Lauren’s mother had to leave to find home.

Friday, October 25, 11:30am
Saturday, October 26, 4pm

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Van Goghs

Van Goghs

2018, NR, Russia/Latvia/UK, Drama, 102 minutes
  East Coast Premiere
  Russian with English Subtitles

Director: Sergey Livnev
Producers: Sergey Bobza, Sergey Livnev, Igor Pronin
Writer: Sergey Livnev
Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov, Daniel Olbrychski, Elena Koreneva, Polina Agureeva, Natalia Negoda, Svetlana Nemolyaeva, Aleksandr Sirin, Olga Ostroumova, Evgeniy Tkachuk, Saveliy Kudryashov

Mark is a lonely and struggling artist who is unable to form any kind of attachment with anyone. His father, the famous conductor Victor Ginzburg, lives far away in the homeland that he left a long time ago. When Mark goes to visit his father after the death of Victor’s wife, they are both forced to come to terms with their past… just as dementia slowly takes hold of Victor.

Friday, October 25, 2:45pm
Saturday, October 26, 7:45pm

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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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