No sooner has the Boston Underground Film Festival reminded
us of the capabilities of subversive cinema than the upcoming (April 27- May 4)
Ninth Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston further boosts our
faith in the medium by releasing its line-up of goods.
It's such a truism by now that it almost doesn't bear
mentioning that the IFFB is THE premier film event in Boston, if
not in New England (pace, BUFF, Provincetown, Nantucket...) and this year's program merely confirms the
obvious. A few of the highlights include:
13 ASSASSINS, a samurai film by the prolific and eclectic
THE TRIP, a comedy by
the equally prolific and eclectic Michael Winterbottom's featuring one of the
world's funniest people, Steve Coogan.
THE FUTURE, the
latest brilliant, offbeat bauble by Miranda July, who is also slated to attend
PROJECT NIM, the new doc by James Marsh, Best Documentary
Oscar winner and a Boston Society of Film Critics honoree for his "Man On Wire" (2008).
THE WHISTLE BLOWER,
Larysa Kondracki's true-life drama starring
three of the world's best actresses, Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica
Bellucci. And David Strathairn.
THE TROLL HUNTER, Andre Ovredal's "frightening and hilarious
And a personal favorite, Mike Ott's deceptively low key and
minimalist LITTLE ROCK.
Not to mention the usual exhaustingly provocative, amusing, and enlightening
panel discussions, celebrity appearances and parties.
Find the full program and all other information here.