Alina (w/ Darya Ekamasova in person)

Part of our tribute to Ben Barenholtz, creator of the midnight movie! Introduced by a special surprise guest. Q&A moderated by Radha Mitchell.

From film programmer of the legendary Elgin theatre, to indie film distributor par excellence (Libra Films put out everything from Guy Maddin to Melville), to producer for the Coen Bros and George Romero, Ben Barenholtz has already had a full life and legacy. Now, he begins a whole new phase, at the age of 80 making his debut as a feature film director! Starring the talented Darya Ekamasova (featured on FX’s The Americans), Alina draws upon Barenholtz own experience as an immigrant to tell the tale of a young Russian woman coming to America in search of her lost father – with only a 25-year-old photo to guide her. Ultra-low budget, independent as all hell (as always for Ben!), fiery, and moving, Alina shows that it’s never too late to start making movies. Come celebrate with this special sneak preview. Q&A to follow with Ben Barenholtz and Darya Ekamasova.

Dir. Ben Barenholtz, 2016, digital presentation, 89 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!