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2018 Film Selections Video

The Lake Placid Film Festival 2018 film selections. Join us for the 17th edition on October 26-28 in Lake Placid, NY.

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About the films

The Last Suit

Abraham Bursztein, an 88 year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. After seven decades without any contact with him, Abraham will try to find his old friend and keep his promise to return one day.

(Drama: 1hr & 31min)

Becoming Astrid

Biopic of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, the author of numerous children's books and creator of Pippi Longstocking.

(Biography, Drama: 2hrs & 3min)

Film sponsor - Berkshire Farm

306 Hollywood

When two siblings undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.

(Documentary: 1hr & 22min)

Film sponsor - Bob Miller, Real Estate Associate Broker

Birds of Passage

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

(Drama: 2hrs & 5min)

Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

(Animation, Adventure, Comedy: 1hr & 23min)

Film Sponsor - High Peaks Optimal Health

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Adirondack Holiday, 1960

A tour of the Adirondack region in 1960.

(Documentary: 27.55 Minutes)

Making Montgomery Clift

Classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift's legacy has long been a story of tragedy and self-destruction. But when his nephew dives into the family archives, a much more complicated picture emerges.

(Documentary: 1hr & 28min)


A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon's toxic forest and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight to escape.

(Sci-Fi: 1hr & 38min)

Film sponsor - Local ADK Magazine

Gurumbe Afro-Andalusian Memories

With the commercial exploitation of the American colonies, thousands of Africans are brought to Seville to be sold as slaves. Some are exported to the colonies and others stay in the city.

(Documentary, History, Music: 1hr & 12min)

Film sponsor - AddytheInfluencer, Adison Barton

Rodents of Unusual Size

A story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world, who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected invasive species.

(Documentary: 1hr & 11min)

Film sponsor - Adirondack Premium Pest Services

Ramen Shop

A young man who is curious about his deceased parents' past takes a food journey to Singapore where he uncovers more than just delicious meals.

(Drama: 1hr 29min)

Film sponsor - Eat ADK Restaurant Week


A closeted young man goes home for the holidays and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.

(Drama: 1hr 25min)

Maria by Callas

An intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer, Maria Callas, as told in her own words.

(Documentary: 1hr 53 min)

Film sponsor - Terry Robards Wine & Spirits

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Moving Stories

Six dancers from the acclaimed Battery Dance company travel the world, working with young people who've experienced war, poverty, prejudice, sexual exploitation, and severe trauma as refugees.

(Documentary: 1hr 24min)

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Room for Rent

When a broke thirty-two year old ex-lottery winner convinces his parents to rent their spare room to save from downsizing, a creepy stranger with a hidden agenda moves in.

(Comedy, Mystery: 1hr & 29min)

Time for Ilhan

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, TIME FOR ILHAN offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.

(Documentary: 1hr & 29min)

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Behind the Curve

BEHIND THE CURVE delves into the outlandish world of Flat-Earthers — people who honestly believe that the world is flat, and that a worldwide conspiracy is keeping us from the truth.

(Documentary: 1hr & 36min)

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Searching for Ingmar Bergman

He is considered the most important filmmaker of all time. In 2018 Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100 years old. On this occasion, the internationally known and well-respected German director Margarethe von Trotta approaches the work and the person of Ingmar Bergman, under whose film heritage talks to a new generation of filmmakers.

(Documentary: 1hr & 39min)

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The Children Act

Smart, elegant, and deeply moving, The Children Act stars two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson in a riveting performance as Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge who, in the midst of a marital crisis, must rule on a life-changing legal case concerning the survival of a teenage boy. At issue whether to order a blood transfusion on the boy (Dunkirk's Fionn Whitehead), a Jehovah's Witness who, just months short of his eighteenth birthday, is refusing on religious grounds the procedure that would save his life.

(Drama: 1hr & 45min)

Film Sponsor - The Breakfast Club

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Monrovia, Indiana

Explores a small town in rural, mid-America and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived along with conflicting stereotypes. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a way of life whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries.

(Documentary: 2hrs & 23min)

Directed by legendary filmmaker, Fred Wiseman

Bisbee 17

An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.

(Documentary: 1hr & 52min)

Film sponsor - Mis Amigos

In the Aisles

Christian begins to work as a shelf stacker at a supermarket and finds himself in a new, unknown world: the long aisles, the bustle at the checkouts, the forklifts. In the Aisles is a 2018 German drama film directed by Thomas Stuber.

(Drama: 2hrs & 5min)

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The Lion in Winter

1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

(Drama: 2hr & 14min)

Film introduced by Jeremy Arnold, TCM Contributor

Film Sponsor - Nelson E. Page, Ft. Lee Film Commission

Free Solo

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

(Documentary: 1hr & 40min)

Film sponsor - High Peaks Cyclery

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Three people board the train bound for Johannesburg. Strangers, each on their own mission, with a simple task to complete and in search of family to help them. But when they are betrayed by the very people whose protection they sought, they find themselves trapped in the city - invisible and alone.

(Drama: 1hr & 55min)

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Miseducation of

Cameron Post

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

(Drama/Romance: 1hr & 31 min)


BURNING is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu, a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi, a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben, a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with.

(Drama: 2hrs & 28min)

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What is Democracy

This reflection on democracy spans millennia and continents, from ancient Athens' groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism's roots in medieval Italy, and from modern-day Greece grappling the with its financial collapse and mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

(Documentary: 1hr & 47min)

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When he misses the big goal on the world’s largest stage, chiseled fútbol star Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) flees the public eye; no longer able to conjure the giant fluffy puppies that guided him to superstardom, he is rendered a vessel without a purpose. And thus begins an unexpected journey toward love and enlightenment that involves cloning, the CIA, a Syrian refugee, and Diamantino’s nefarious twin sisters. A perversely pleasurable sendup of Brexit, genetic science, and the ongoing refugee crises.

(Drama/Comedy: 1 hr & 32min)

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3100: Run and Become

What if running could lead to enlightenment? 3100: Run and Become follows an unassuming Finnish paperboy in the Self-Transcendence 3100 Miler - the world's longest race. His story takes the viewer around the world to the Kalahari Desert, the mountain temples of Japan and the Navajo Reservation.

(Documentary: 1hr & 50min)

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Science Fair

Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair. Only one can be named "Best in Fair."

(Documentary: 1hr & 30min)

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(Happy New Year Tijuana)

A chance encounter with a former student in Tijuana on New Year's Eve leads to an emotionally turbulent night for a professor who's at a crossroads in his life.

(Drama, Comedy: 1 hr & 15min)

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A look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

(Biography, Drama: 1hr & 42min)

Film Sponsor - Kathie Smith

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The Heiress

Catherine (Olivia de Havilland), a young woman who stands to inherit her father's large fortune, falls in love when she meets Morris (Montgomery Clift), who gives her the love and affection her father doesn't, and which she desperately needs. Film directed by William Wyler.

(Drama: 1hr & 55min)

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Wild Strawberries

With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. Film directed by Ingmar Bergman.

(Drama: 1hr & 31min)

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Asako I & II

Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality.

(Drama, Romance: 1hr & 59min)

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On Her Shoulders

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.

(Documentary, Bio: 1hr & 35min)

Showtimes: Friday 10/26 Palace

Film Sponsor - Charlene Trotter, Trotter Consulting

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School of Life

In 1920s France an orphan is adopted by a rustic couple who work for a rural landowner. Left to himself, he soon comes under the spell of the local poacher.

(Comedy, Family Drama: 1 hr & 56min)

Showtime: Sunday 10/29 - Palace Theatre #3 at 7PM

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Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

(Horror, Thriller: 1hr & 31min)

1978 Horror Classic

Showtime Friday 10/26 - Palace Theatre #1 - 11:59pm

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20th Annual Animation

Show of Shows

Returning to theaters across North America this fall, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.

(Shorts, Animation)

Showtimes: Friday 10/27 - High Peaks Resort - 9PM & Saturday - 8PM

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Have You Seen My Movie?

A massive montage of movie characters going to the movies. Clips from 100+ films are cut together to create a new cinema-going experience. Romance, musical, action, horror, noir, comedy - and countless characters watch in the dark with you.

(Adventure, Comedy, Romance - 2hr & 16min)

Showtime: Friday 10/26 - Palace Theatre #4 - 3PM & Sunday 10/28 - 4:30PM

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The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

(Adventure, Family, Family: 1hr & 42min)

Showtime: Sunday 10/29 - Palace Theatre at 1:00pm

Note: this film is replacing SNOW WHITE in the LPFF2018 Program