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IFFBoston Fall Focus brings trolls, shoplifters, and more to the Brattle

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Once again, the good folks at IFFBoston are taking over the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge for their yearly Fall Focus, a weekend filled with some of the best films of the year, well before they hit your local arthouse. This year's line-up is exceptionally strong, and that's saying something, given that films like Moonlight and Lady Bird have screened at prior iterations of the mini-festival.

We've got a Haruki Murakami adaptation that may actually be the single best translation of the master author's work to the screen, we've got a black-and-white drama that uses the metaphorical divide between the East and the West to describe the collapse of a relationship in postwar Poland, and we've got a fairy-tale penned by the author of Let the Right One In about a Border Patrol officer discovering that she may very well be more than human. And those are only three of the absolutely incredible choices you'll find on screen at the Brattle from October 19 through the 21.

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Border

Friday, October 19 @ 9:30 p.m.

Even though Ali Abbasi’s fantasy film could technically be considered a fairy tale, you are most definitely not going to want to bring your children to this examination of Scandinavian alienation. Border patrol officer Tina (Eva Melander) is a bit of an odd duck: she’s got a harsh set of looks, and can literally smell fear on those who cross her on their way into her country. But a stranger (Eero Milonoff) whom she meets at work makes her question everything she’s ever known, including her humanity. It’s an impressively acted film, as Melander and Milonoff manage to create characters under all the make-up, but boy, it can be a tough sit. However, that didn’t stop us from loving it at TIFF, and it won’t stop us from recommending it to you.

 
 
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