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