Marcello (Marcello Fonte) is an elfin, sweet-tempered dog groomer, who clearly has a deep affection for man’s best friend. To afford scuba-diving trips for his daughter, he also deals a little cocaine on the side, a neat arrangement until Simone, a former boxer, forces Marcello to assist in a robbery. Simone (Edoardo Pesce) is a short-tempered, dangerously impulsive thug, and he disrupts the fragile equilibrium of gentle Marcello’s life. In the manner of a classic Western, Marcello must ultimately take revenge. Writer-director Matteo Garrone returns to the impoverished small-town southern Italian atmosphere, blending shocking violence with heart-melting tenderness.
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)
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)
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!”