Between the schizophrenic weather and the weird playoff showings of the Bruins and Celtics, it’s been hard to be excited about much this April outside of Free Fire and Fate of the Furious hitting theaters.
But fear not, Bostonians: The 15th annual Independent Film Festival Boston is back to give you a week’s worth of stimulating and interesting new movies for you to see and talk about, and a bevy of panels and parties to attend, as well. It runs from April 26 through May 3 at several locations around the city (though mainly the screenings are at the Somerville Theatre and Brattle Theatre).
In two previous posts (opening slate and weekend edition) we've already been busy breaking down our most-anticipated movies at the festival this year. The final section of the festival contains insightful looks inside Orthodox Judaism and the LA Riots, humor from two British comedians, the story of the real-life Rocky, and Gillian Robespierre’s triumphant return to the IFFB stage.
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While we’re normally down to see any movie featuring Milton native Jenny Slate, there’s always something incredibly special about her work with Gillian Robespierre. Their last feature together, 2014 instant classic Obvious Child, screened at IFFB that year before going on and kicking ass at the national level, and dramedy Landline looks to be headed for the same fate. Set in the ’90s, it’s about two siblings (Slate and Abby Quinn) who suspect that their father (John “Nobody fucks with the Jesus” Turturro) is having an affair, and the two try to find out more details, and perhaps of greater importance, why he’s having an affair without alerting or upsetting their mother (Edie Falco). That’s a great recipe for some dramedy, huh? In all seriousness, it’s extremely exciting whenever a director like Robespierre has any new work out, especially with the level of talent involved in this particular case, and you’ve got the chance to see it early. Don’t fuck this up, reader. Don’t.
Landline screens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Tuesday, May 2 at 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available here.