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MIFF comes to Rangeley

RANGELEY - The Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents MIFF in the Mountains, the best films of the Maine International Film Festival - eight films over four nights, Friday through Monday, Aug. 2 through 5, 2019, at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. Film lovers rejoice!

A different film at 5 & 8 p.m. each evening.  Admission is $7 per film, $50 for an ALL Festival PASS.  MIFF is exclusively sponsored by Juliet J. Goodfriend. The schedule of films is below.

Friday August 2 - 5:00 pm: “Islander” - Life on remote Robinson Crusoe island could be utopian, but it isn’t.  Is it a bastion away from the world or a microcosmic replica? 8:00 pm: “Pupille” (In Safe Hands)- Compassionate and beautifully performed by France’s finest actors, this film was nominated for 7 Cesar awards.  It captures the adoption process from birth to loving home.

Saturday, August 3 – Two Maine Films- 5:00 pm: “Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm” - Fifteen years in the making in Maine, this family-rated animated musical will set you singing in a fairy tale romp.  8:00 pm: “In the Moon’s Shadow” - Made in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes during the solar eclipse of 2017 when displaced and estranged sisters reconnect.

Sunday, August 4 - 5:00 pm: “Aga” - Revisiting the 100-year-old pioneering film (Nanook of the North), this film explores the instincts and motivations of those who live in the same types of extreme conditions today.  8:00 pm: “Before You Know It” - A very urban coming-of-age film set in a community theater in NYC.  Patriarch Mandy Patinkin and his daughters try to hold the family together with frequent role changes.

Monday, August 5 - 5:00 pm: “Cassandro, the Exotico” - His trailblazing ascent as an openly gay professional wrestler has been fraught with poignant moments.  You will think about wrestling differently after this film.  8:00 pm: “Luce” - A star-studded cast discovers something shocking in the locker of an all-A athlete/scholar who was adopted from Eritrea and up to now has been the pride of his family and school.

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation “Bringing the Arts to Life” in the Rangeley Lakes Region. For more information or to find their complete schedule of events, visit

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