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IFFBoston Preview Part I: Southern criminals, teenage soldiers, absurdist suburbanites

 
 

If you’re a Boston-baserd cinephile, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times of the year for you, as the Independent Film Festival Boston has returned with one of their strongest line-ups ever. Running from April 24 through May 1 at the Brattle, Somerville and Coolidge Corner Theatres, there’s so many great movies showing at this year’s Festival that we’ve had to split our preview up into three parts. Check back soon for our second and third pieces about this year’s lineup, but for now, here are some choice cuts from the first three days of the festival’s programming. Tickets and more information are available at the IFFBoston website.

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Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre

We’ve been big fans of Kelvin Benjamin, Jr. ever since he appeared in Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night a few years back. His work in Julius Onah’s Sundance hit has received raves, and it’s certainly a very meaty role for the young actor. Benjamin plays a young adopted man whose parents (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts) are forced to reckon with their son’s intense inner life after he writes a disturbing paper at school. It’s far too early to be saying anything even vaguely related to awards shows yet, but the buzz has been just that deafening, and this film should not be missed. 

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