Thursday, Sept. 13
Opening Night Party on the rooftop at the Mansion House Inn from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music from Phil DaRosa, dors d’oeuvres and Champagne and wines.
Opening Night Film at the Capawock Theatre on Main street in Vineyard Haven.
8 p.m. The Owl and the Sparrow, a love story set in Saigon (97 minutes) with post-screening discussion with director Stephane Gauger.
Friday, Sept. 14 At the Capawock:
2 p.m. Into the Wild, U.S. premiere of director Sean Penn’s drama (140 min.) based on Jon Krakauer’s bestseller about college grad who walked out of his privileged life and headed for Alaska in search of adventure.
4:30 p.m. Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend), French comedy about a particularly dislikeable, middle aged Parisian antiques dealer challenged by a colleague to produce one, true, best friend.
7 p.m. Direktoren for det hele (The Boss of It All), Lars Von Trier comic mockumentary based in a technology company (99 min.).
9 p.m. Ten Canoes, introduced by Marty Nadler, is an Australian Rolf de Heer’s comedy/drama based on an aboriginal tribal story of forbidden love, kidnapping, revenge sorcery and general mishap and mayhem (90 min.). Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2006, it is narrated by Walkabout star David Gulpilil.
At the Katharine Cornell Theatre
7 p.m. Crossing the Bridge, introduced by singer/songwriter Kate Taylor, about a European musician trying to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul (90 min.).
9 p.m. International Shorts, a compilation of world class shorts from the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.
At the Vineyard Playhouse
2 p.m. Hula garu (Hula Girls) is The Full Monty in grass skirts, set in 1965 Japan (108 min.).
4 p.m. Vitus. Excellent for families, this 123-minute Swiss movie is about a child prodigy whose dream is to be like other boys.
7 p.m. Amu, in which young Indian American woman travels to Delhi to get in touch with her roots and ends up stumbling upon a terrible secret from her country’s past (102 min.).
9 p.m. 12:08 East of Bucharest, a Cannes Camera d’Or-winning absurdly comic farce in the best Eastern European tradition (89 min.)
Friday Night Party at Che’s Lounge 9 p.m. to midnight with music by Balkin & Buddha Bar Beats by deejay Di, food and coffee by Scottish Bakehouse and wine bar, Zentini cocktails and Pellegrino waters.
Saturday, Sept. 15
Morning: Daily Dose Coffee Chat at 10 a.m. at Belushi-Pisano Gallery..
Afternoon: Ballyhoo plays bluegrass music on Main street from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Main Street Art Gallery Stroll from 5 to 7 p.m.
At the Capawock
2 p.m. Opal Dreams, a sweet Australian family drama about an outback girl devastated by the sudden disappearance of her two invisible friends (86 min.), directed by Peter Cattaneo, who also made The Full Monty.
4 p.m. An Arctic Tale, another family film with post-screening discussion with National Geographic film executive Katie Evans.
7 p.m. Deep Water, with post-screening discussion with director Louise Osmond. From the makers of Touching the Void, this shows Donald Crowhurst’s attempts in a non-stop, round-the-world boat race in the 1960s (93 min.).
9 p.m. Manda Bala (Send A Bullet), with post-screening discussion with producer Jared Goldman. This documentary canters on class warfare, corruption and economic disparity in Brazil. (85 min.). Won Sundance Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography.
Sept. 15 at Katharine Cornell Theatre
2 p.m. Think Globally, Shot Locally Forum consists of shorts and works-in-progress by Island filmmakers including Len and Georgia Morris, Pam Benjamin, Marcia Rock, Richard Sandler, Jonathan Skurnik, Nora Laudani, Alan Brigish, Bob Kimberely, Christy Park,Moe Banville, and others.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A Home for Us All, the documentary produced and directed by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth for Island Affordable Housing Fund. Filmmakers, participants and housing experts join for discussion and a reception at Che’s Lounge after.
7 p.m. East of Havana, with post-screening discussion with directors Juretsi Saizarbitoria and Emilia Menocal about thier fly-on-the-wall documentary about a cartel of hip-hop artists in modern Cuba (82 min.).
9 p.m. Offside, director Jafar Panahi’s feature was forbidden release in Iran, where it is set, telling the story of women who want to attend a World Cup soccer game but are not allowed.
At the Vineyard Playhouse
2 p.m. Cinema16: European Short Program (60 to 75 min.).
4 p.m. Bill Plympton Animation Workshop with free Bill Plympton drawing to each attendee. Mr. Plympton presents his new and old shorts and a teaser from his new feature Idiots and Angels.
7 p.m. Grbavica (Land of My Dreams) From Bosnia, an emotionally blunt and gripping drama exploring the emotional toll that all wars take upon those who survive them (107 min.).
9 p.m. Paprika. Awardwinning Anime fantasy from Japan, introduced by Island cartoonist Paul Karasik (90 min.).
Evening Event: 9 p.m. to midnight at The Oyster Bar in Oaks Bluff with Senegalese music extravaganza led by the master West African rhythm guitarist and drummer Mamadou Diop.
Sunday, Sept. 16 At the Capawock
Noon. Paris je T’aime, a French romance set in Paris, including shorts by the Coen Brothers, Wes Craven, Walter Salles and Gus Van Sant (120 min.)
2:30 p.m. Son of Rambow: A Home Movie is an homage to the 1980s, an era where, for the first time, young minds had technology that allowed them to create their own stories (95 min.).
4:30 p.m. War Dance, about Ugandan children in a refugee camp practicing for a national musical/dance competition they dream of winning (105 min.).
At Katharine Cornell Theatre
Noon Mei man ren sheng (Singapore Dreaming) From Singapore, this poignant story, which follows the lives of six individuals navigating the turbulent changes of modern society in South East Asia (105 min.).
2:00 p.m. C.R.A.Z.Y. A Quebequois film about a father’s love for his five sons and one son’s love for his father, a love so strong it compels him to live a lie. And about David Bowie, too. (127 min.).
4:30 p.m. Cama Adentro (Live-In Maid), a comedy about the tenuous friendship between a woman and her maid.
At Vineyard Playhouse
Noon Live Earth - SOS Short Films Program responding to global warming. Fimmakers include Jonathan (sexy Beast) Glazer, Kevin (Last King of Scotland) MacDonald, Abel Ferrera and Aardman Animation.
2 p.m. Kan shang qu hen mei (Little Red Flowers) Director Zhang Yuan’s poignant reflection on conformity sees a four-year-old boy deposited in a Beijing kindergarten; a good choice for families (92 min.).
4 p.m. Kargaran mashghoole karand (Men At Work), an hilarious story of four old Iranian friends who, driving back from a failed skiing trip, encounter a strange and enormous rock. The men’s frivolous attempt to dislodge the rock gradually disintegrates into a tale of betrayal, defeat and renewed hope (75 min.).
Closing Night Beach Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. with the Beetlebung Steel Drum Band cocktails at the Black Dog Tavern beach or on board The Alabama.