A once-respected author falling into obscurity, Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) tries to save herself by tapping into her gift for forgery. Director Marielle Heller captures the ache of being alone and unglamorous in your 50s and, powerfully, the humiliation of poverty after a life of middle-class accomplishment. Melissa McCarthy is so precise in her depiction of Lee that you momentarily forget she’s one of Hollywood’s most successful comedians. But then, her exchanges with Richard E. Grant, playing an equally clever, equally desperate conman, are wildly funny. Can You Ever Forgive Me’s depth and pleasure ensure it will long endure.

2018 TELLURIDE BY THE SEA SCHEDULE

Friday, September 14
5:30pm: Queues begin on Chestnut St.
5:45-6:55pm: Live Music on Street: John Mayer Five
6pm: Doors open for Patron Passholders
7pm: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Patron Pass Party at LaBelle Winery Shop following film

Saturday, September 15
9:30am: Featured Filmmakers (Loft Series): Frida (2002)
1pm: Border
4pm: Dogman
7:30pm: The Front Runner
Festival Party on Chestnut Street following film, with food provided by The Portsmouth Brewery

Sunday, September 16
9-10:30am: Patron Passholder Brunch at The District
10:30am: Featured Filmmakers (Loft Series): The Piano (1993)
1:15pm: Girl
4pm: The Favourite
7pm: Free Solo

ABOUT THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 44 years, a celebration of the art of film: honoring the great masters of the cinema, discovering the rare and unknown, bringing new works by the world’s greatest directors and the latest in American independent film to a small mountain town in Colorado. The New York Times called Telluride “the smallest, most original, and most stimulating of the major festivals,” while Entertainment Tonight simply said it was “the world’s best festival.”

ABOUT TELLURIDE BY THE SEA

The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience – packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds. According to Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall, “Portsmouth is the perfect town for this perfect weekend. With its charming mix of history, salt air, and film lovers, Portsmouth buzzes when Telluride by the Sea arrives. The streets are filled with people stopping one another to talk about the films, the restaurants are jumping. It’s a moving party!”

Running Time: 1h 47m • USA • Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

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