Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara
Opens May 31
In 1858 Bologna, a 6-year-old named Edgardo Mortara was seized by authorities of the papal state, taken away from his Jewish parents, and placed in the care of the Church. Believed to have been baptized in the cradle under odd circumstances, the child would be claimed as a Catholic. His mind erased of his family’s religious heritage and beliefs, Edgardo was, unbeknownst to him, at the center of an international firestorm that led directly to the Italian people’s rejection of the Pope’s rule amidst the tumultuous Risorgimento. In this sumptuously mounted film from treasured octogenarian director Marco Bellocchio, the Mortara case becomes an extraordinary, nearly operatic historical drama. Kidnapped is at once a personal, human-scale narrative of a family in crisis, following parents who will do anything to retrieve their child from the clutches of a ruthless theocratic government, and a wide-scope portrait of a country on the cusp of revolution. A Cohen Media Group release.
Chronicles of a Wandering Saint
Preview Screenings before it opens nationally! Jun 7 - 12
In a tiny rural village in Argentina, Rita Lopez, a pious yet insatiably competitive woman, decides that staging a miracle could be her ticket to sainthood. After discovering a lost statue in the back room of her chapel, she convinces her neglected but loving husband to help her orchestrate the grand reveal that will finally anoint her as the most admired woman in town. But before the unveiling, a jarring turn of events illuminates the hidden magic of her world, forcing her to reevaluate everything she once took for granted.
New England premiere Jun 15
Max is a gay 25-year-old freelance writer and aspiring novelist who seems to be well on his way to achieving success in London’s cultural and social circles. But he’s struggling to find his voice and a solid storyline for his debut novel. To jump start the creative process, Max assumes a double identity as Sebastian, a gay sex worker, and uses each encounter to fuel his prose. Provocative, hot and intriguing, this drama is filled with some sweet surprises and tender moments, and lots of sex. Opening short: Dream Burger.
I Don’t Know Who You Are
Northeast US premiere Jun 15
Benjamin has been sexually assaulted and must find a way to pull together enough money to pay for post-exposure HIV prevention medicine that his health insurance won’t cover. He spends a frantic weekend racing around Toronto trying to raise $900 from family and friends within the 72-hour window when the treatment is most effective. At the same time he’s determined to avoid the sweet and earnest man he has just started dating. Life is very complicated in this anxious race against time. Opening short: Realness with a Twist.
Listen Up!
Opens Jun 16
Mahmoud is a goofy, awkward, yet ultimately loveable 15-year-old Pakistani immigrant living in Norway. He has a wickedly offbeat sense of humor, a traditional Muslim family, and a younger brother Ali who wants to start living as a girl named Alia. While the film confronts integration, gender identity, class, and family dynamics, it does so in a funny, charming and endearing way. You can’t help but laugh along and enjoy the ride. Opening shorts: Scrapped Fabric & Red Panda Temptation.
What a Feeling
New England premiere Jun 16
Marie Theres has a seemingly perfect life. She’s a successful doctor, she’s been happily married to her husband for 20 years, she has a spirited teenage daughter, and lives in a beautiful home. Then it all falls apart. Her husband leaves, her daughter rebels, she gets suspended from the hospital, and her friends abandon her. That’s when she meets Fa, a confident, independent, free-spirited Iranian woman who runs her own carpentry business with her siblings and takes care of their elderly mother. They couldn’t be more different, yet they’re totally attracted to each other. Can they become a perfect couple? Opening short: Little Mouse.
Manpower: Gay Shorts
Opens Jun 17
What’s up with the boys this year? Grindr hookups, saunas, longtime relationships, sex toys, and dinner with Mom and Dad. And a bris.
Sappho’s Choice: Lesbian Shorts
Opens Jun 18
What’s up with the girls this year? Complicated family relationships, jealousy, breakups, and a romantic excursion. And the funeral of a mob boss that’s very liberating.
Chuck Chuck Baby
Opens Jun 19
Helen has been living a mostly joyless life, stuck living in a house with the ex-husband she hates while caring for his ailing mother, whom she adores. But she has a gaggle of gal pals at the chicken processing plant where she works, so that’s something. One day, her humdrum daily routine takes a surprisingly interesting and possibly romantic turn when her charismatic childhood friend Joanne returns home to live next door. This delightful, quirky, yet moving tale of empowerment and liberation is the lesbian musical rom-com you never knew you needed to see. Opening shorts: Get Free & Once and Again.
Close to You
Opens Jun 20
Elliot Page stars as Sam, a young man who moved to Toronto years ago to escape an abundance of complicated and dysfunctional family relationships. But now Sam has finally decided to return home to  can celebrate his father’s birthday. On the train, Sam runs into an old high school friend. This chance encounter sparks long-buried feelings that Sam is determined to resolve. There’s nothing like a trip home to rekindle and repair the past. And there’s nothing like the self-confidence you gain once you discover that you really are okay, and where you are really is just right. Opening short: (In)convenience.
North American premiere) Jun 21
When stuntwoman Anna meets the magnetic and famous actor Eve, it unlocks a part of herself she’d always kept hidden. What starts as an innocent exchange of glances soon bursts into a turbulent, sensual love affair. Directed by a French feminist author and filmed with an 80% female crew, this five-episode series explores the queer female gaze and its transformative impact. It’s a daring, innovative and genre-bending unpacking of power and trauma projected through a feminist lens. Opening short: Goodbye Tango.
New England premiere Jun 21
Ambitious high school athlete Dakota Riley begins his senior year like most of his peers, with a steady routine of sports, classrooms, school halls and dinner tables. People have high expectations of Dakota, including Dakota himself. He lives within carefully drawn boundaries, and follows a detailed blueprint that is meant to define him and box him in. But it all begins to unravel when his queer identity competes against the carefully crafted idea of who he is supposed to be. Which version of Dakota Riley will be victorious? Trigger warning: Lots of eye candy and glistening bodies. Opening short: (Un)Free Will.
The Conversation


THE CONVERSATION, Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 masterpiece of societal paranoia in the guise of a wiretapping thriller coincidentally released during the culmination of the Watergate scandal, returns to the big screen in a new 50th anniversary 4K restoration, opening at New York's IFC Center on August 9 (the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon resigning the presidency). Of the new restoration, Francis Ford Coppola says: "As you will notice, I have never offered a new version of THE CONVERSATION, which is a film I have always been proud of, I've never felt the need to improve. It also features my wonderful collaboration with its editor (along with Richard Chew) and sound designer, Walter Murch, which reinforces my belief that cinema is a collaborative effort. I am gratified to have made a film that has lived for 50 years." Lonely wiretapping expert and devout Catholic Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to record a seemingly innocuous conversation in San Francisco's Union Square between two lovers (Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams). Upon re-hearing the tapes, however, Caul believes he may be putting the couple in danger if he turns the material over to his client (Robert Duvall). But what one hears can ultimately turn out to be quite different from what was actually recorded. Sandwiched between the filmmaker's first two GODFATHER epics, THE CONVERSATION was a smaller, more personal exploration of humanity becoming enslaved and ultimately destroyed by the development of highly sophisticated surveillance technology. The timing of the film could not have been more prescient, with the concurrent revelation during the Watergate hearings of a secret taping device in the Oval Office. Although the cutting-edge electronics of that time now look like Victrolas compared to the pocket-sized gadgetry of today, the themes of social alienation, ruthless corporate behavior, and a testing of one's faith resonate even deeper in the second decade of the 21st century. Winner of the 1974 Palme d'Or at Cannes, and nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture (losing out to Coppola's own THE GODFATHER: PART II), THE CONVERSATION features a cast of Coppola regulars, including John Cazale, Harrison Ford, and Teri Garr. The minimalist piano score by David Shire is considered one of the great films scores of that era. The original negative was accessed for the first time and scanned in 4K. An approved reference print was used for the color grading and the 5.1 soundtrack was created in 2000 by Walter Murch. The restoration was fully approved by Francis Ford Coppola.