Friday, November 2, 2012

Calling all Students and Seniors! See Films for $5

Don't miss a chance to see fantastic films for $5 a ticket. Come to the first night of the festival and meet filmmaker Mariette Monpierre in person. Where can you see a film for $5 and meet the director? Nowhere but the Trenton International Film Festival.

A scene from Mariette Monpierre's film ELZA, showing Friday Nov. 9th at 7:30pm.

Free Wine Tasting During Film Festival

Saturday, Nov 10th, 4:30 – 7:30pm

After you see the Argentinian film EL CAMINO DEL VINO, join us for a FREE wine tasting at Settimo Cielo, an excellent northern Italian restaurant which is a quick walk from the Mill Hill Playhouse at 17 East Front Street, Trenton. Seven Argentinian wines will be available for tasting.

Or you can join us for wine tasting and then dinner after Luc Besson’s film THE LADY. Settimo Cielo serves dinner from 4:30 to 10pm. To make dinner reservations call (609) 656 – 8877.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trenton International Film Festival 2012 screens 7 Exciting Films/Many are New Jersey Premieres!

"Where can you see the critically acclaimed and hard to find film about Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi an animated film about the Hindu legend of Sita and Rama, and a political-crime drama about out of control musicians in Stockholm? Right here at the  2012 Trenton International Film Festival. Join us at the Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton for 7 exciting films from around the world. We even have two directors coming in to present their films in person. Hope to see you at the festival!
---curator, Nadine Patterson

Tickets are $8 General Admission
Students & Seniors $5
For more information on purchasing tickets go to


Friday November 9th


Director  Mariette Monpierre                 
Guadeloupe/France, 2011, 78 min. French with English Subtitles. Drama. Kick off the festival with writer/director Mariette Monpierre, and join us for a Q&A after the film!

Director Mariette Monpierre
Bernadette, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her daughters with everything.  She is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate from college earning a master's degree. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory:  the father she barely remembers.   ELZA offers an insider’s view of a lush island culture, capturing the passion and contradictions of this family in transition.

WINNER: Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) - British Academy of Film and Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA) Festival Choice Award 2012
WINNER BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Roxbury International Film Fesival 2012  
NOMINATED FOR  BEST PICTURE American Black Film Festival 2012


Saturday November 10th


Director  Chinonye Chukwu
USA, 2011, 76 min. Ibo & English. Drama. This is a special screening with writer/director Chinonye Chukwu joining us for a Q&A after the film!  
Director Chinonye Chukwu

Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian struggles to balance the expectations of his traditional Nigerian parents and the larger world around him. After a tragic car crash, Chukwuma is separated from his younger sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of legal age. Two years later the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be a Nigerian in Alaska.



Director Nicolás Carreras
Argentina, 2010, 90 min. English & Spanish w/English Subtitles. Documentary/Comedy/Drama.


The famous sommelier Charlie Arturaola arrives at the Mendoza, Argentina, to take part in the glamorous event “Masters of Food and Wine”, after having “travelled the world on a wine bottle”, as he usually says. Once in the event and before his tasting, between glamour, stress and marketing something unusual happens: he loses his palate. Charlie needs to recover it. In the search of a solution for his problem, he has decisive encounters with the most important people of the wine world, like Michel Rolland, who thinks that he has to “wash” his palate with the best wines of the region. Charlie starts a journey from huge wineries through small vineyards and wine harvest’s processions getting closer with the people of the villages who work the vine.  “The ways of the wine” oscillates with cruelty between comedy and the true drama of a man who got lost because of his desire of belonging to a world, other than his own.



Director  Luc Besson. Starring Michelle Yeoh as Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi. France, 2011, 132 min. English & Burmese w/English subtitles. Biography/Drama. 

The film tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's (Myanmar) democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues today. THE LADY also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement.

Text on card reads: "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom-- Malcolm X"

This timely film acts as a herald of the very real world events that have taken place this year in her life.  Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat to Parliament April 1, 2012.  Democratic reform is happening, albeit very slowing. On June 16,  2012, Aung San Suu Kyi  delivered her Nobel acceptance speech at Oslo's City Hall, two decades after being awarded the peace prize.




Directed by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjarne Nilsson. Sweden/France, 2010, 102 min. Swedish with English Subtitles. Comedy/Political-Crime Drama.

Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical family with a long history of famous musicians. Ironically, he hates music. His life is thrown into chaos when a band of anti-establishment musicians decides to perform a musical apocalypse using the city as their instrument... Reluctantly, Warnebring embarks on his first musical investigation.


Sunday November 11th


1984 TO 1992   
Director Dagmar Schultz, in cooperation with Ika Hügel-Marshall and Ria Cheatom
German, 2012, 84 min.  English and German w/English Subtitles. Documentary.

Audre Lorde, the highly influential, award winning African-American lesbian poet came to live in West-Berlin in the 1980s. During her stay as a visiting professor, she was the mentor and catalyst who ignited the Afro-German movement. Lorde also had a decisive impact on white women, challenging them to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and learning to deal with difference in constructive ways.



Director Nina Paley
USA, 2008 91 min. English. Animation/Musical.

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Save These Dates: November 9th, 10th, and 11th 2012

The Trenton Film Society offers you a unique window to the world with its annual international film festival at the Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton New Jersey. Mark these dates on your calendar: Friday November 9th, Saturday November 10th, and Sunday November 11th 2012. Be sure to return to this website for updated information on films, times, and special deals. Thank you!