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Announcing Additions to Our 2015 Film Selections

Last week, we announced our official film selections for the 15th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival. We are so pleased to announce that there have been a few additions to the lineup since last week’s big announcement.

Check them out, we’re so excited to bring these films to the Seacoast this fall!

Anomalisa, directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman

“The surprise hit of the fall festival season,” according to Indiewire, Anomalisa is the animated feature debut for writer and director Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman is also known for writing Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindAnomalisa was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that began in July 2012 and raised over $400,000. Earlier this month, Anomalisa was recognized at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Most recently, distribution of Anomalisa was secured with Paramount Pictures.


Cartel Land, directed by Matthew Heineman

Named one of the Best Documentaries of the Year and predicted as a frontrunner for the 2016 Oscars for Best DocumentaryCartel Land is sure to create some buzz at this year’s festival. Director Matt Heineman speaks to the risk involved in many scenes, saying that “I was there alone during the shootouts and scenes like that and it was almost like every man for themselves. I was there looking out for my own back and taking care of myself and they were doing the same. They had a lot of other things to worry about other than me being there.” The Executive Producer of Cartel Land is Academy award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. Cartel Land was also recognized at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Cinematography and Directing Award.

The Second Mother, directed by Anna Muylaert

The product of writer and director Anna Muylaert’s original screenplay written 20 years ago (and intended for it to be her first feature), The Second Mother has finally made it to the big screen! The Washington Post reports that “all the elements of the story fit impeccably together for a humorous and occasionally wrenching examination of relationships.” The film originally premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. It is also Brazil’s official submission to the 2016’s Oscars as Best Foreign Language Film. 

Mississippi Grind, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

New York Times Critics’ PickMississippi Grind is another not to miss at this year’s festival. After its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Mississippi Grind was acquired by A24. Justin Change of Variety call it ”a bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie that plays like a conscious throwback to the lost souls and open highways of 1970s American cinema.” 

Digging for Fire, directed by Joe Swanberg

Welcome back to writer and director Joe Swansberg, whose film Drinking Buddies played at the New Hampshire Film Festival in 2013. This year, he brings us Digging For Fire, with a star-studded cast that includes: Jake Johnson (who also co-wrote the screenplay), Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, and Anna Kendrick. Rolling Stone says that, Digging for Fire goes to the tantalizing edge of revelation and leaves us there to filter what we saw through the prism of our own strengths and weaknesses. I’d call that the mark of a true filmmaker.” The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and is now heading to NHFF!


For the full list of this year’s selected films, click here.

With only a few more weeks until the festival is here, are you ready? Get your tickets now.


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