Film Programs

Red Carpet Presentations

The exciting highlights of the festival, the Red Carpet Presentations feature award-buzz films and standout performances. All Red Carpet Presentations will take place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

DFF 39 Red Carpet Matinee: The Edge of Seventeen
USA 102 min.

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).

DFF 39 Closing Night: Jackie
USA 2016 95 min.

This searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history—as seen through the eyes of iconic First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman)—is already garnering buzz as an Oscar contender. Acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín.

DFF 39 Opening Night: La La Land
USA 2016 128 min.

Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) wrote and directed this original musical set in modern-day Los Angeles, where aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, struggle to make ends meet.

DFF 39 Centerpiece: Lion
Australia 2016 118 min.

Separated from his family at age five, Saroo has survived on the streets of India, found love with his adoptive parents in Australia—and now, 25 years later, he’s setting out anew. Armed only with unwavering determination and Google Earth, he embarks on a quest for the ages: going home again.

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