Film Programs

Red Carpet Presentation

The crown jewels of the festival. These highly anticipated films set the stage for award season buzz. All presentations take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

DFF41 Spotlight: Ben is Back
USA 2018 103 min.

Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges star with Courtney B. Vance in this emotionally complex, character-driven drama about a day in the life of a family surprised on Christmas Eve by the return from rehab of their 19-year-old son, an addict whose past—if it is past—continues to haunt them all.

DFF41 Opening Night: The Favourite
Ireland 2018 120 min.

SOLD OUT! Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman star in this period drama about three women with the fate of 18th-century England in their hands. Queen Anne is ill, but the war with the French must go on; enter Lady Sarah and her cousin Abigail, who have their own motives for royal serv

DFF41 Big Night: The Front Runner
USA 2018 113 min.

Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons star in Jason Reitman’s closely observed portrait of one of the headiest scandals of our time, foreshadowing our current predicament in political journalism: the news of the affair that brought Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential bid to an ignominious end.

DFF41 Matinee: Roma
USA 2018 135 min.

Celebrated auteur Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También) based Mexico’s submission to the 2019 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film loosely on his own childhood to craft a black-and-white, yet profoundly colorful, family saga–meets–slice of working-class life in 1970s Mexico City.

DFF41 Centerpiece: The Upside
USA 2018 118 min.

Based on a true story, this buddy comedy starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman chronicles the friendship between Phillip, a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, and ex-con Dell, in need of a job and a fresh start.

DFF41 Closing Night: Vox Lux
USA 2018 110 min.

As teenagers, sisters Celeste and Eleanor survived a seismic tragedy; in making music about their experience, Celeste became a star. But now, as an adult (played by Natalie Portman) with a teenage daughter of her own, Celeste is struggling anew—faced once again with an act of terrifying violence.

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