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BIFF @ the Triplex (Sunday)

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Ioana Bugarin plays Cristina Tofan, a young nun in rural Romania, in the film 'Miracle,' directed by Bogdan George Apetri. Press film still courtesy of Film Movement
Miracle film

The Berkshire International Film Festival returns this weekend, June 2 to 5, screening independent feature, documentary, short and family films on big screens across the county, with panel discussions and events focusing on filmmakers and artists from both sides of the camera.

Films will screen at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the Triplex in Great Barrington (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Tanglewood Learning Institute in Lenox. They also have virtual films available for screening at home. Here are the films coming to the Tripex on Sunday, June 5.

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Films on Sunday

Fear — 9 a.m.

Svetla, a strong-willed widow, lives alone in a small Bulgarian village close to the Turkish border. She has recently lost her job as a teacher, because her village has so few families left with young children. One day, while hunting in a forest, she meets Banba, an African refugee trying to reach Germany.

Reluctantly she offers him hospitality, and as they spend time together a bond develops between them, as Bamba learns the language and takes part in her daily life. Faced with pressure from her traditional community, whe will make choices that cna change her ife. Absurd, comic and tragic situations ensue as she breaks barriers of loneliness, closed-mindedness and fear.

Silent Land — 10 a.m.

A perfect couple rents a holiday home on a sunny Italian island, and when the pool in the house is broken, they look for someone to fix it — not knowing the island faces water shortage. The constant presence of a stranger starts a chain of events, as they respond irrationally, heading into the darkest places in their relationship.

You Resemble Me — noon

Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris. When they are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world. Director Dina Amer takes on one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, sisterhood, and belongin

God’s Country — 12:30 p.m.

Based on a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, God’s Country is a character-driven thriller set in the snowy wilderness of the American West. Thandiwe Newton plays Sandra Guidry, a Black professor living and working in a rural college town. She’s also grieving her recently-deceased mother, for whom she’d served as primary caretaker.

On the day of the burial, Sandra discovers a mysterious red truck parked in her driveway. She soon learns it belongs to a pair of local hunters seeking to enter the forest behind her house. Sandra turns them away politely but firmly – her experience tells her these are not the sort of men to welcome freely into her world. But they won’t take no for an answer, and soon Sandra finds herself drawn into an escalating battle of wills that puts her most deeply-held values to the test.

Both Sides of The Blade — 1 p.m.

It’s winter in Paris, and Jean (Vincent London) and Sara (Juliette Binoche) have been living together for 10 years. When they first met, Sara was living with François (Grégoire Colin), Jean’s best friend and an admirer from back when he played pro rugby.

One day, Sara sees François in the street. He does not notice her, but she is overcome by the sensation that her life could suddenly change. When François gets back in touch with Jean for the first time in years and suggests they start working together again, tensions rise.

Ioana Bugarin plays Cristina Tofan, a young nun in rural Romania, in the film 'Miracle,' directed by Bogdan George Apetri. Press film still courtesy of Film Movement
Film Movement

Ioana Bugarin plays Cristina Tofan, a young nun in rural Romania, in the film 'Miracle,' directed by Bogdan George Apetri. Press film still courtesy of Film Movement

Miracle — 3 p.m

One afternoon Christina, a young nun in rural Romania, leaves her convent surreptitiously and moves through town as though she is searching for something or someone. Apparently troubled, she sets out to return and meets an unexpected fate on her way back to the isolated convent.

Determined to understand what happened to her, police detective Marius Preda retraces Cristina’s journey step by step, through all the places she visited. In a perfectly mirrored structure, his investigation uncovers revelations leading not only to the unfathomable truth behind Cristina’s mysterious actions and possibly to an actual miracle as well.

Neighbours — 3:30 p.m.

With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film tells of a childhood between dictatorship and dark drama, which also has its light moments. How much friendship, love and solidarity are possible in times of repression and despotism?

Love in a Bottle — 6:30 p.m.

Lucky and Miles cross briefly at an Italian airport, hurrying back home to their respective countries, COVID-19 has just hit. They’d like to linger, but the flights are being called. Back home, Miles gets a video call and stares surprised into Lucky’s eyes. How can it be? Easy: she’s stolen his suitcase label.

Does love at first sight exist? How do you know? You talk, check musical tastes, favorite books, movies, food, political tendencies, philosophy of life. You try to disagree, look at each other a lot, you dance, you laugh, you probably touch each other, eventually … you make love. But what if you are forced into a social distancing, and how far can your feelings and desires melt with your imagination?

Tigers — 7 p.m.

Martin is one of the most promising football (soccer) talents Sweden has ever seen. At sixteen, his lifelong dream comes true when he is bought by one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs. Yet that dream comes at a very high price in terms of sacrifice, dedication, pressure, and – most of all – loneliness. Martin begins to question whether this is actually the life he yearned for.

“Tigers” is a life-and-death rollercoaster ride through the modern-day football industry. With a unique perspective on the world of professional sports, Ronnie Sandahl tells the true story of 16-year-old football prodigy Martin Bengtsson. A coming-of-age drama about a young man’s burning obsession in a world where everything, and everyone, has a price tag.

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June 5
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