Cinema is packed with tales of powerful men. Australian writer-director Kitty Green turns her camera lens on another figure—the young woman who makes one such man’s life possible. Julia Garner plays the title role in this drama, as a new assistant working the desk of a domineering film executive, conscientiously managing his schedule, cleaning his office, and answering his phones. Over the course of one day, what seems like a humdrum if demanding entry-level job becomes treacherous, as Garner’s ambitious assistant finds herself enmeshed in the executive’s messy personal life, belittled by her male peers and increasingly aware of their boss’s predatory aims with the hopeful actresses who float into his office. As in her provocative documentaries Casting JonBenet (2017) and Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (2013), Green brings a sharp, nuanced angle to a story we thought we already knew.

2019 TELLURIDE BY THE SEA SCHEDULE

Friday, September 20
5:30pm: Queues begin on Chestnut St.
5:45-6:55pm: Live Music on Street: The Fabulous JM 5
6pm: Doors open for Patron Passholders
7pm: Ford v. Ferrari
Patron Passholder Party at La Maison Navarre following film

Saturday, September 21
9:30am: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): Silence (2016)
1pm: Beanpole
4pm: Marriage Story
7:15pm: Motherless Brooklyn
Festival Party on Chestnut Street following film, with food provided by The Portsmouth Brewery; Music by DJ Skooch

Sunday, September 22
9-10:30am: Patron Passholder Brunch at The District
10:30am: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
1:15pm: The Assistant
3:30pm: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): Paterson (2016)
6:15pm: The Climb

ABOUT THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 45 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 25m • US • Courtesy of James Schamus