Times subject to change.


“The Athlete” — An extraordinary feature that blends epic, biography, drama and documentary tells the true-life tale of Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, a quiet man who is ceaseless in his journey to greatness. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Given Auditorium, Colby College; 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Railroad Square Cinema


“In Good Time, the Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland” — Premiere of new documentary by Maine-based filmmaker Huey that explores the life and career of the pioneering female jazz musician and composer. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Given; 9:30 p.m. July 21, Railroad Square


“Another Earth” — On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes, and the lives of an astrophysicist and a composer become intertwined. 7:30 p.m. July 24, Given


“The Acceptance” — An unforeseen event disrupts the core existence of a woman in a film that creates an urgent sense of mystery as it traces her inner journey from near despair to a calm acceptance. 8:45 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Wednesday, both at Railroad Square

“The American Folk Festival” — New documentary showcases what the Bangor festival means to the community and the work people put into it, emphasizing the music and its makers. 6:15 p.m. Friday; 3:15 p.m. July 23, both at Railroad Square

“Autumn Gold” — Documentary follows five athletes, all over 80, as they prepare for the World Masters Athletics Championships. 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 3:30 p.m. Monday, both at Railroad Square

“The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” — Documentary about musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his love and artistic partner, Lady Jaye, as they undergo surgeries to more closely resemble each other. Shown with Michael Shamberg’s short “Gone, Gone, Gone.” 9:15 p.m. Tuesday; 6 p.m. July 22, both at Railroad Square

“Catching Hell” — Documentary probes sports curses and scapegoats, focusing on the Red Sox’s Bill Buckner and Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman. 12:15 p.m. Saturday; 6:15 p.m. July 22, both at Railroad Square

“Circumstance” — Two rebellious teenage girls explore Tehran’s underground art and music scene, their burgeoning sexuality and their feelings for one another — until a fundamentalist brother intervenes. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 6:30 p.m. July 22; 9:30 p.m. July 23, all at Railroad Square

“Dabangg” — A corrupt cop in India needs to bridge the distance with his stepbrother and stepdad, and to marry the potter girl who refuses to succumb to his charms. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Railroad Square; 9:30 p.m. July 21, Given

“Darwin” — A documentary about an isolated community of 35 people in Death Valley who coexist without a government, a church, jobs or children. Noon Saturday; 9:15 p.m. Monday, both at Railroad Square

“Dernier Maquis (Adhen)” — At a truck yard on the outskirts of Paris, the boss converts an empty room to a mosque for his Muslim workers, but they see his efforts as an attempt to dodge demands for better pay and treatment. 3 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Tuesday, both at Railroad Square

“The Druids: Travels in Deep England” — Documentary explores magical beliefs as it follows a group of modern pagans and their friends celebrating rituals in England’s West Country. 6 p.m. July 21; 9:15 p.m. July 22, both at Railroad Square

“Falcons and Terrorists: A Political Wildlife Story” — Documentary about Mainer Alan Howell Parrot, a leading falcon trainer who formed a global conservation group and through his connections learned of the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, who was an obsessed falconer. He relayed the information to the Bush administration, only to be ignored. 3:30 p.m. July 22; 1 p.m. July 23, both at Given

“Falling Overnight” — On the eve of surgery to remove his brain tumor, a 22-year-old man meets and falls for a young photographer, who takes him on an exhilarating journey through the city and makes him want to live. 6 p.m. Sunday; 9:15 p.m. July 21, both at Railroad Square

“Fambul Tok” — Documentary focuses on victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s civil war coming together in a program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Railroad Square; 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Given

“Finding Donn Fendler: Lost on a Mountain in Maine 72 Years Later” (with Donn Fendler in person) — Follows Fendler’s story of survival through the lens of two young filmmakers. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Given; 3:30 p.m. July 24, Railroad Square

“Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie” — Documentary about the Canadian environmentalist, who at age 75, shows no signs of slowing down. 6 p.m. Saturday; 3:30 p.m. July 22, both at Railroad Square

“Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football” — Documentary follows a high school football team from Dearborn, Mich., home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, as it prepares for its big crosstown rivalry game during the last 10 days of Ramadan. 3 p.m. Monday; 6 p.m. Tuesday, both at Railroad Square

“The Greater Good” — Character-driven documentary explores the places where parenting, medicine and states’ rights clash with politics, groupthink and Big Pharma in the debate over vaccinations. 9 p.m. Wednesday; 3:15 p.m. July 21, both at Railroad Square

“The Grove” — Documentary. More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900, but few know about the National AIDS Memorial, a 7-acre sanctuary in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that shows how one community responded to grief. 8:45 p.m. Friday; noon July 23, both at Railroad Square

“Higher Ground” — Actress Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. 6:30 p.m. Monday; 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, both at Railroad Square

“Ito: A Diary of an Urban Priest” — Documentary follows a handsome young guy who works at a Tokyo bar, sings blues and also happens to be a Buddhist priest as he talks with various troubled souls and wrestles with his own demons. 3:15 p.m. Monday; 9:15 p.m. July 23, both at Railroad Square

“Love Crime” — A remorseless tale of office politics played out by two ruthless executives, competitive colleagues who become bitter enemies. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Railroad Square; 9:30 p.m. July 22, Given

“Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country” (introduced by director/producer Mike Kaplan) — Documentary follows the late Altman on the set of one of his greatest films, “Short Cuts,” and actors in the film, including Tim Robbins and Julianne Moore. 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Railroad Square

“Mysteries of Lisbon” — Within the 41/2 hours of this mammoth adaptation of the 1852 novel, characters of different classes and bearings will change titles, outfits and even faces in an ever-evolving and growing tapestry. 6:15 p.m. Sunday; noon July 24, both at Railroad Square

“Paul Goodman Changed My Life” (sneak preview) — Documentary about the author of the best-seller “Growing Up Absurd,” poet, pacifist, visionary, gay family man in the 1940s and ’50s, and a moral compass for many in the counterculture in the 1960s. 9:15 p.m. Friday; 3:15 p.m. Saturday, both at Railroad Square

“Protektor” — Thriller set in 1938 Prague, as Germany prepares to occupy Czechoslovakia and the love between a husband and wife is put to the ultimate test. 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Railroad Square; 3:30 p.m. July 21, Given

“Quill” — Japanese tale of a white Lab who slowly learns to be a guide dog and is sent to live with a lonely and ill-tempered man. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Railroad Square; 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Given; 6:30 p.m. July 23, Railroad Square

“Salvation Boulevard” — Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear and Marisa Tomei star in an offbeat story about a charismatic preacher and the loyal member of his flock who helps him after the pastor finds himself in a compromising situation. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Given; 6:30 p.m. July 21, Railroad Square

“Sarah’s Key” — The story of an American journalist living in Paris, whose research for an article about the 1942 seizure of Jewish families turns her world upside down. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9 p.m. July 21, both at Railroad Square

“Scott Camil Will Not Die” — Documentary about a peace activist, educator and Vietnam War veteran who struggles with the psychological traumas of war and refuses to be silenced. 9 p.m. Monday; 3 p.m. July 21, both at Railroad Square

“Silent Souls” — After his wife dies, a man asks his best friend to help him say goodbye according to the rituals of Merja culture. After they travel thousands of miles to the sacred lake where they will part with the body, the widower realizes he wasn’t the only one in love with his wife. 3:30 Sunday; 6 p.m. Monday, both at Railroad Square

“Stella” — A precocious preteen growing up in Paris in the ’70s deals with feuding parents who run a rough-and-tumble bar. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Railroad Square; 9 p.m. Sunday, Railroad Square; 6:30 p.m. July 23, Given

“The Tree” — Drama about loss and recovery, set in rural Australia, follows a widow with four children who finds a new love and tries to move on with her life. 9:30 p.m. Monday; 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, both at Railroad Square

“An Uncommon Curiosity: At Home and in Nature with Bernd Heinrich” — Documentary about a Mainer, one of the world’s most insightful biologists, over the course of a year as he shares his ideas about nature, science, art, beauty and writing. 3:30 p.m. July 23; 12:15 p.m. July 24, both at Railroad Square

“Windfall” — When a corporation offers to revitalize a New York farm town with a “green” industry, residents believe they have found the solution to their economic problems, but opposition develops as they learn more about the huge wind turbines. 6:30 p.m. Friday; 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, both at Railroad Square

“The Woods” — Satire tells the story of eight grown-up American children creating utopian society as best they can. — 9 p.m. Saturday; 12:15 p.m. July 23, both at Railroad Square

“Yerek Yereko” — Armenian film about a strange woman entering the life of a Soviet ornithologist who perhaps prefers the company of birds to that of humans. 3 p.m. Sunday; 9 p.m. Tuesday, both at Railroad Square

“Zanzibar Musical Club” — Documentary explores a Muslim culture where traditions are transmitted through music and fed with Arabic tones, Latin rhythms, Indian melodies and African drums. 6 p.m. Wednesday; 9:30 p.m. July 22, both at Railroad Square 


Ends in Themselves — Retrospective program of short, personal films by independent filmmakers. 9:15 p.m. Wednesday; 3 p.m. July 23, both at Railroad Square

Maine Shorts Showcase — New Maine-made shorts involving everything from lobstering to dying teeth. 9:15 p.m. Saturday, 6:15 p.m. July 23, both at Railroad Square

Shorts of the Americas — For the first time, MIFF presents an innovative selection of, for the most part, longer short films from the U.S. and this hemisphere. 9:30 p.m. Sunday; 3:15 p.m. July 24, both at Railroad Square

World Shorts — New shorts from Australia, Syria, Morocco, Bermuda, South Korea and the Netherlands. 3 p.m. July 22; 9 p.m. July 23, both at Railroad Square

Maine Student Film and Video Festival — Featuring work from K-12 students from across the state. Visit msfvf.com for more information. 12:30 p.m. July 23, Railroad Square 


“The City” and “A Bronx Morning” — These two films, shown here in rarely seen 35mm prints, are “city symphonies” from an era brimming with energy, hope, humanism and urban planning possibilities. Followed by a guided tour of the American Modern exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art. 3:30 p.m. July 23, Given

“3:10 to Yuma” — New print of the 1957 Western classic. 9 p.m. July 23; 12:30 p.m. July 24, both at Given

“Battleship Potemkin” — New 35mm print of the 1925 classic, a textbook example of montage editing. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Given

“The Conformist” — Restored 35mm print of the 1970 Italian political thriller by Bernardo Bertolucci. 6:30 p.m. July 22; 3:30 p.m. July 24, both at Given

“Madame Butterfly” — Newly discovered original Technicolor print of the 1954 version of Puccini’s most famous opera. Noon Sunday; 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, both at Railroad Square

“The Quiet Man” — Archival print of John Ford’s 1952 Irish masterpiece. 6:30 p.m. July 21, Given

“Dreaming the Quiet Man” — Documentary about Portland native John Ford and the making of his most personal film. 6 p.m. July 23, Railroad Square

“Taxi Driver” — Restored 35mm print of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece about the bloody redemption of an alienated New York cabbie. 3:30 p.m. Sunday; 9 p.m. Monday, both at Given

“World on a Wire” — Restoration premiere of a previously unknown 1973 sci-fi epic from German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Given 


Lampson, whose work has helped shape key documentaries such as the Oscar winner “Harlan County U.S.A.,” and director Anne Makepeace present:

“We Still Live Here (As Nutayunean)” — Documentary tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in this country. 6:15 p.m. July 21; 12:30 p.m. July 24, both at Railroad Square 


“The Green” — A gay high school drama teacher is accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with one of his students. Young plays the boy’s recovering addict mother, who tries to capitalize on the allegation. 9 p.m. Friday; 3:30 p.m. Saturday, both at Railroad Square

“Heading South” — Charlotte Rampling, Young and Louise Portal play single middle-aged women who go to Haiti in the 1970s for sun, fun and romance. 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Railroad Square

“Warrior Woman” (work in progress screening) — Young portrays a teacher and breast-cancer survivor who helps one of her ESL students, a young Vietnamese woman, flee an abusive husband. 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Given; 6:30 p.m. Monday, Given 

— Source: Maine International Film Festival