Sunday, June 25
CLOSING GALA FEATURE
Can Hitler Happen Here?, directed by Saskia Rifkin. Can Hitler Happen Here? is notable for featuring a heroine in her 70s. Far from being an elderly female archetype, Miriam Kohen (Laura Esterman) offers a daring character study of a vibrant, stubborn, individualistic woman intent on holding on to her home and her iconoclastic lifestyle. A study of the oft-noted fine line between madness and genius, the film allows the viewer a glimpse into the mind of a reclusive artist whose home has become both sanctuary and second skin. Scenes of chaos, both inner and outer, offer a tangible sense of what the world feels like for creative personalities whose shifting consciousness and unique perspective on life is paradoxically both their greatest asset and most challenging handicap. When meddling neighbours take umbrage at Miriam’s refusal to conform to social norms, an intricate and breathtaking psychological battle of wits and wills ensues. (WP, Dramedy, 1 hr. 14 min., Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Total run time: 74 min. Audience Q & A with filmmaker Saskia Rifkin,; Editor Dave Rock; and Producer Jay Cannold. Hosted by Angela Argento.
8:30PM CLOSING AWARDS COCKTAIL CEREMONY & RECEPTION at The Fox Theatre
Awards are presented for Best Films and Best Screenplays