Set in the mid-nineteenth century, Ada is a mute with a young daughter, Flora. Her father arranges a marriage across the world from her native Scotland in New Zealand. Accompanied by her daughter and her beloved piano, Ada finds life on New Zealand’s North Island is a bit more rugged, same with her marriage to Stewart. Stewart sells her piano to a neighbor, George, who arranges to have Ada earn it back by giving him piano lessons. Except George requires certain other conditions too. What starts as resentment moves into lust, creating a dangerous situation.


Two excellent films by two superlative filmmakers. Each of these women have been guests at Telluride Film Festival and each of them has clearly earned their place among the finest living filmmakers today. Revisit these classics in the weekend context of a celebration of cinema. Introductions by one of The Music Hall’s female leaders in the arts.


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

Running Time: 2h 1m • R

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