IFFBoston announces 2019 lineup, including ‘Luce’ and ‘The Farewell’

The Farewell
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It’s that time again, friends: The Independent Film Festival Boston (or IFFBoston) is right around the corner, and this year’s line-up is absolutely spectacular. We know this because we’ve seen a lot of the major titles playing at the festival this year, including Lulu Wong’s brilliant The Farewell, which plays the Coolidge Corner Theatre as the closing night film on May 1. We’ve included some links to our previous coverage of festival titles in the announcement below. We’d totally recommend buying a pass, if you’re interested in seeing more than one of these titles: you won’t want to get stuck outside in the horrible sunshine and temperate April weather looking like a chump, would you?

We’ll have a much longer preview in the days to come, but go ahead and get your tickets as soon as they go on sale: This year’s festival is likely to sell out very quickly.

Here’s the press release:

Independent Film Festival Boston 2019

“The Independent Film Festival Boston announced today the full lineup of films that will be screened at the 2019 festival. The seventeenth annual festival will take place April 24 – May 1, 2019. Tickets will be on sale for the general public beginning on or about April 10.

With over 100 films screening this year, IFFBoston will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. Events will include filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, and parties as part of an overall event that showcases the best in current American and International cinema.

Luce directed by Julius Onah, will open the 17th annual festival on Wednesday, April 24 at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.

A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher (Octavia Spencer) threatens his status as an all-star student. Director Julius Onah will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A. Film courtesy of Neon.

The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang, will close the festival on Wednesday, May 1 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.

In Awkwafina’s first leading role, a Chinese family is told that their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decides to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. Director Lulu Wang will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A. Film courtesy of A24.

The Centerpiece Documentary Spotlight is WBCN And The American Revolution directed by Bill Lichtenstein.

This landmark feature documentary tells the previously untold story of the early days of the underground, radical radio station, WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes in Boston and nationally from the late-1960s through the early-1970s. Director Bill Lichtenstein will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A.

The Centerpiece Narrative Spotlight is Official Secrets directed by Gavin Hood.

The true story of a British whistleblower (Keira Knightley) who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Film courtesy of IFC Films.


Other notable films screening at the festival include:

It Started As A Joke directed by Julie Smith Clem. Documentary subject Eugene Mirman will be in attendance.

Running With Beto director David Modigliani will be in attendance.

Knock Down The House directed by Rachel Lears.

The Sound Of Silence directed by Michael Tyburski. Director will be in attendance. Starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones

The Nightingale directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) Film courtesy of IFC Films.

The Death Of Dick Long directed by Daniel Scheinert (SWISS ARMY MAN). Director will be in attendance. Film courtesy of A24.

The Art Of Self Defense directed by Riley Stearns and starring Jessie Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola Film courtesy of Bleeker Street.

In Fabric directed by Peter Strickland. Starring Gwendoline Christie. Film courtesy of A24.

Them That Follow directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. Starring Alice Englert, Walton Goggins, and Olivia Colman.


Third Annual Student Short Film Showcase

IFFBoston will team up with the Mass Production Coalition to present the Third Annual Student Short Film Showcase, where short films selected by and representing local colleges will be screened and juried. Participating schools include Boston University, Emerson College, Endicott College, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Middlesex Community College, and Suffolk University.

There will be several panel discussions during the festival. All panel discussions will be free to the public and will take place at the Somerville Theatre. Panel topics and guests to be announced soon.

Official Festival Parties: The Opening Night party will take place at Orleans in Davis Square, Somerville. Friday Night’s Party will be at Flatbread in Davis Square. Saturday Night’s Party will be at Colette Wine Bistro at the Porter Square Hotel, and the Closing Night Party will take place at Osaka Steak House in Brookline.

Among the awards to be presented on Saturday April 27 will be the 10th annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. This award was created to honor the memory of beloved Boston documentary film editor Karen Schmeer who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in January of 2010. This award is presented by The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.


Official Selections: Independent Film Festival Boston 2019

Narrative Features

The Art Of Self-Defense directed by Riley Stearns

Banana Split directed by Benjamin Kasulke

The Death Of Dick Long directed by Daniel Scheinert

The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang

Greener Grass directed by Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe

Her Smell directed by Alex Ross Perry

In Fabric directed by Peter Strickland

Loro directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Luce directed by Julius Onah

Mass Hysteria directed by Jeffrey Ryan & Arielle Cimino

Mickey And The Bear directed by Annabelle Attanasio

Monos directed by Alejandro Landes

The Nightingale directed by Jennifer Kent

Official Secrets directed by Gavin Hood

Photograph directed by Ritesh Batra

The Rusalka directed by Perry Blackshear

Shadow directed by Zhang Yimou

The Sound Of Silence directed by Michael Tyburski

Sword Of Trust directed by Lynn Shelton

Them That Follow directed by Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage

Wild Rose directed by Tom Harper


Documentary Features

Ask Dr. Ruth directed by Ryan White

Bei Bei directed by Rose Rosenblatt & Marion Lipschutz

The Candidates directed by Alexandra Stergiou & Lexi Henigman

Cold Case Hammarskjold directed by Mads Brügger

Eat Up directed by Fiona Turner

Ernie And Joe directed by Jenifer McShane

Float directed by Phillip Kibbe

For The Birds directed by Richard Miron

The Good The Bad The Hungry directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes

It Started As A Joke directed by Julie Smith Clem & Ken Druckerman

Jawline directed by Liza Mandelup

Jim Allison: Breakthrough directed by Bill Haney

Knock Down The House directed by Rachel Lears

Love, Antosha directed by Garret Price

Midnight Family directed by Luke Lorentzen

Not For Resale directed by Kevin J. James

One Child Nation directed by Nanfu Wang

Out Of Omaha directed by Clay Tweel

Pahokee directed by Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas

Pizza, A Love Story directed by Gorman Bechard

Riplist directed by Mike Scholtz

Running With Beto directed by David Modigliani

Salvage directed by Amy C. Elliott

Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary directed by Benjamin Berman

WBCN And The American Revolution directed by Bill Lichtenstein

We Are Not Princesses directed by Bridgette Auger & Itab Azzam

Well Groomed directed by Rebecca Stern

You Don’t Nomi directed by Jeffrey McHale


Narrative Shorts

The 8th Year Of The Emergency directed by Maureen Towey

Conviction directed by Khadija Diakite

Damage directed by Matt Porter

Dios Nunca Muere directed by Barbara Cigarroa

Father Figurine directed by Matt Kazman

Fresh Air directed by Katherine Tolentino

Grace directed by Steven Gray & Alexia Oldini

Listless directed by Noam Tomaschoff

Number Two directed by Devvrat Mishra

Peep directed by Zachary Dehm

Peggy directed by Justin O’Neal Miller

Personal Best directed by Kevin P. Alexander

The Place To Be directed by Julia Elizabeth Evans

Possessions directed by Zeke Farrow

Put Your Feet Up directed by Peter Horgan

Stella For Star directed by Nick Singer

Sweet Steel directed by Will Goss

The Toll Road directed by Tom Riley

Whiteout directed by Lance Edmands

Wireless directed by David Fritzson


Documentary Shorts

605 Adults 304 Children directed by Michael Mahaffie

All Inclusive directed by Corina Schwingruber Ilić

The Battle For Ranked Choice directed by Julie Mallozzi

The Best Way Is By Hand directed by Cathleen O’Connell

Bookanima: Martial Arts directed by Shon Kim

College Bound directed by Blair Getz Mezibov

David And The Kingdom directed by Brian Paccione & Woodrow Travers

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sudden Birth (*But Were Afraid To Ask) directed by Scott Calonico

The Guy directed by E.J. McLeavey-Fisher

Landing On Airwaves directed by Jonathan Napolitano

Moment To Moment directed by Mike Attie

My Father, My Farm directed by Kayleigh Napolitano & Jonathan Napolitano

On Retreat directed by Jessica Bernstein-Wax

Santuario directed by Pilar Timpane & Christine Delp

Scenes From A Protest directed by Kevin McCarthy

Woke Up Breathing directed by Josh Johnson & Grayson Tyler Johnson