We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Greenwich International Film Festival’s program! The programming team worked very hard to carefully review and select the films included in this year’s lineup.
We had a great time celebrating our Program Announcement Party last Friday. A huge thank you to our sponsors of our Program Announcement Party – Richards, Maison D’Alexandre, Diageo, Ketel One Botanicals , and Heineken 0.0 and our media partners Moffly Media and Fairfield County LOOK.
With so many amazing films it can be hard to choose which ones to see. These are our 2019 CENTERPIECE films that you should not miss!
AUGGIE Forced into an early retirement and feeling ignored by his wife and daughter, Felix (Richard Kind) finds himself falling in love with Auggie, an augmented reality companion only he can see, and slipping out of touch with reality. In a virtual world that feels too good to be true (and too real to let go of), Felix struggles to recognize his growing addiction to the technology, its impact on his real-world relationships, and the increasingly blurred lines between the two.
SAFE SPACES A New York City professor (Justin Long) spends a week reconnecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college.
BRIAN BANKS The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.
LUCE A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
6/2 | 7:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT A joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit, ‘Blinded by the Light’ is an inspirational drama set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs. The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
Date: 5/30 | 3:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW
ANY ONE OF US When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia suffers a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralyzed, Paul begins a grueling battle against his own body and mind, in the hope of one day being able to walk again. His excruciating recovery unfolds in real time through raw, intimate footage— much of which was filmed by Paul himself—as we see him fight through the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future. A chorus of other diverse SCI survivors weaves through the film, shining light on the struggles that Paul now faces. After years of relentless hard work, intense physical therapy, and even controversial stem cell treatments, Paul slowly begins to build a new life for himself. Any One of Us shows how lives can change forever in the blink of an eye— and the resilience, grit, and determination it takes to stay open to life’s possibilities, even under the most trying of circumstances.
In partnership with Wings for Life
6/1 | 3:00 PM | Cole Auditorium | BUY NOW
To see the complete list of films, please visit www.greenwichfilm.org.