The Kentlands Film Society was established under the Kentlands Community Foundation in 2006. We strive to bring high quality, independent films to residents of the greater Kentlands community. This mission has been carried out over each of the last 14 years with the showing of almost 70 films to a collective audience of approximately 5,500 attendees.

  • We did not have our KFS 2020-2021 season due to COVID-19.  Information on our 2021-2022 season will be posted as soon as it is available.

Grab Your Remote!

The Kentlands Film Society was formed by a group of neighborhood volunteers fifteen years ago, to bring a five-film season of quality, art house, often foreign, films to the Gaithersburg Arts Barn every year. With the support of the    Kentlands Community Foundation, we have successfully carried out this mission. So, grab your TV remote or portable device and see what films you might enjoy watching. Some are also available on iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu, etc., so check your other streaming services. Kanopy.com is a free streaming service for Montgomery County Library cardholders.

 

 

 

 

Check out Our newest list of 10 Favorites from our 15 years

  • Queen to Play (2009) NR USA – Drama

A housekeeper at a ritzy hotel in Corsica sees a handsome couple play a passionate game of chess and becomes inspired to play herself. Her working-class husband and spoiled daughter are soon bewildered by her obsession with chess and grow suspicious of her close relationship with her eccentric American expat tutor. (rottentomatoes.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video, Kanopy.com…

  • Monsieur Lazhar (2011) PG-13 Canada – Comedy/Drama

At a Montreal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. As he helps his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video, Kanopy.com

  • Their Finest (2016) R UK, Sweden, France – Comedy/Drama/Romance

In 1940, a married woman and a screenwriter develop a growing attraction while working together on a propaganda film about the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France. (rottentomatoes.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video…

  • The Hedgehog (2009) NR France, Italy – Drama

The life of a determined young girl is changed when she befriends her building’s concierge, a solitary woman who is more than what she seems. (IMDB.com) Available on Prime Video…

  • Shall We Dance (1996) PG Japan – Comedy/Drama/Music

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. (IMDB.com) Available on Prime Video…

  • The Guilty (2018) R Denmark – Crime/Drama/Thriller

Alarm dispatcher Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. He soon realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video…

  • Arranged (2007) NR USA – Comedy/Drama/Romance

This film centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common - not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video, Kanopy.com…

  • The Other Son (2012) PG-13 France – Drama

Two eighteen-year-old men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth. The complexity of the situation is dealt with from both the young men’s and their parents’ perspective. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video, Kanopy.com…

  • Vitus (2006) PG Switzerland – Drama/Music

A twelve-year-old piano prodigy, who suffocates from his parents’ big dreams for him, decides to make his escape with the aid of his grandfather, in order to chase his own dreams instead. (IMDB.com) Available on Prime Video…

  • The Intouchables (2011) R France – Comedy/Drama

After he becomes a quadriplegic from an accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix, Prime Video…

Check out 10 MORE Favorites from our 15 years

  • Mustang (2015) PG-13 Turkey/France – Drama

 When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged. (IMDB.com)  Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video, Kanopy…

  • Like Father, Like Son (2013) NR Japan – Drama

  When a successful workaholic businessman learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own. (IMDB.com)  Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • Outsourced (2006) PG-13 USA – Comedy, Drama, Romance

   After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman heads to India to train his replacement. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • The Lives of Others (2006) R Germany – Drama, Mystery, Thriller

 In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • Short Term 12 (2013) R USA – Drama

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-working and longtime boyfriend. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • The Eagle Huntress (2016) G UK/Mongolia – Documentary, Adventure, Sport

 Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…       

  • As it is in Heaven (2004) NR Sweden – Comedy, Drama, Music

A famous international conductor returns to his small childhood town in northern Sweden for early retirement, where he’s asked to help with the church choir. He affects the lives of all those in the group. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Kanopy…

  •  Nowhere in Africa (2001) R Germany – Biography, Drama, History

 A German Jewish refugee family moves to Kenya in the 1930’s where they must adjust to farm life. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video, Kanopy…

  • Maudie (2016) PG-13 Canada/Ireland – Biography, Drama, Romance

Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in this film about an arthritic Nova Scotia woman who works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (IMDB.com)  Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • In a Better World (2010) R Denmark – Drama, Romance

 The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

Check out 10 Favorites from our 15 years

  • Like Crazy (2016) NR Italy - Comedy/Drama

Two quite different women escape a mental institution to see Tuscany in a stolen car and get to know each other. (IMDB.com)  Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • Shower (1999) PG-13 China - Comedy/Drama

A young wealthy businessman’s icy attitude toward his working-class background is about to thaw as he is forced to reconnect with his elderly father and his younger brother who together run a public bathhouse. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video

  • The Syrian Bride (2004) NR Israel - Drama

  A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. (RottenTomatoes.com) Available on Neflix DVD, Kanopy…       

  • A Man Called Ove (2015) PG-13 Sweden - Comedy/Drama

  Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. (IMDB.com)  Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video, Kanopy…

  • Locke (2013) R UK - Drama

Ivan Locke has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, he receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All this takes place in the course of one absolutely riveting car ride. (RottenTomatoes.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video, Kanopy…

  • The Lunchbox (2013) PG India - Drama/Romance

 A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (IMDB.com)  Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • Coming Home (2014) PG-13 China - Drama/Romance

Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his wife no longer recognizes him. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • Mostly Martha (2001) PG Germany/Italy - Comedy/Romance/Drama

When a headstrong chef takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece, the tensions between them mount…until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video, Kanopy…

  • The Visitor (2007) PG-13 USA - Drama

 A widowed college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple with immigration troubles living in an apartment he owns. His friendship with them brings joy back into his life. Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

  • After the Wedding (2006) R Denmark – Drama

  A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (IMDB.com) Available on Netflix DVD, Prime Video…

Previous Events This Year

Manhattan Short Film Festival Online

The Last Black Man in San Francisco-- @Home event on July 26, 2020

 

 

Attention Manhattan Short Lovers! (Or really any one who loves films.) The Manhattan Short Online film festival premiers on Valentine's Day, February 14th and will be available for 10 days. The cost for the festival is $10. To sign up to view the 10 shorts and vote for best picture and best actor, visit the festival website.

The Last Man in San Francisco is a poignant and beautifully filmed story of one man's attempt to reclaim his grandfather's Victorian home in the heart of San Francisco. Joined in this quest by his best friend, Mont, he aims to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for. This is a story of hometowns and how they're made and kept alive by the people who love them.

2019-2020

At the Gaithersburg Arts Barn

 

Leave No Trace

PG Directed by Debra Granik

United States - 109 minutes

 

Iraq War veteran Will, who suffers from PTSD, and his 13-year-old daughter Tom have lived a simple life off the grid for years in an enormous forest in the Pacific Northwest. When they are discovered by authorities, they are forced to leave this cocoon and enter a well-intentioned society. Viewers watch them grapple with their love for one another as it comes into conflict with their individual needs. The lead actors are sensational in this beautiful film, which is based on a true story

 

Divine Order

 

(2017) NR
Directed by Petra Volpe
Switzerland – English subtitles - 96 minutes

Set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike. This uplifting and captivating film could not be more timely.

 

The Guilty

R
Directed by Gustav Möller
Denmark – English subtitles – 85 minutes

When a police officer is demoted to deskwork after being relieved of his beat cop responsibilities, Asger Holm expects a sleepy shift as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Confined to the police station and racing against time, he is forced to use others as his eyes and ears, as the severity of the crime slowly becomes clearer. This incredibly riveting film will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

 

Shoplifters

(2018) R
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Japan – English subtitles – 121 minutes

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft, and playful swindling. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family. This film, which shows a rarely-seen side of Japanese life, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2019 Academy Awards

 

Faces Places

(2017) PG
Directed by JR and Agnes Varda
France – English subtitles – 94 minutes

89-year old Agnes Varda, a leading filmmaker of the French New Wave, and JR, a 33- year-old French photographer and muralist, teamed up to co-direct this enchanting road movie, which won the 2018 Best Documentary Academy Award. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them which they prominently display on buildings. The film documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely friendship they formed along the way.