The 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) announced its program, which includes 58 films from around the world and three Sundance Film Festival award-winning films. This year, the festival will screen four films nominated for a 2017 Oscar.
“We are so excited about this year’s program,” said Robin Beeck, Festival Executive Director. “This is a stellar lineup with award-winning films from the world’s greatest directors and from fresh, new filmmakers just hitting the scene. We’re thrilled to be able to present a feast of the best films today.”
Full Festival Program
The full festival program is online and all festival tickets and passes are on sale now at www.biff1.com.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 2nd at 5:30 p.m. with an Opening Night Red Carpet Gala and screening of Their Finest, a rousing romantic comedy about a female screenwriter during World War II. The film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clatlin and Bill Nighy. Tickets are $50 at www.biff1.com. Pre-film parties at Boulderado Hotel and Rembrandt Yard from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Their Finest starts at 8pm. An STX Entertainment Release.
Closing Night – Sunday, March 5
Fresh from winning the Audience Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance 2017, the closing night film, Chasing Coralfollows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs are vanishing around the world. Directed by Jeff Orlowski. Tickets may be purchased for $30 at www.biff1.com.
New This Year!
VR Pavilion. Virtual Reality is an entirely new film language. We invite you to stop by BIFF’s Virtual Reality Pavilion at Galvanize and experience the future of storytelling firsthand. Free and open to the public.
Additional highlights include:
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Friday, March 3, 7:00pm
Jimi Hendrix was proud of his Cherokee grandmother, and Mohawk guitarist Robbie Robertson (The Band) remembers being told in the ‘50s when he started out in rock ‘n’ roll: “Be proud you’re an Indian, but don’t tell anybody.” Rumble is about the role of Native Americans in popular music history, a missing chapter. Winner at Sundance 2017. Directed by Catherine Bainbridge.
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back
Friday, March 3, 4:30pm
Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan has become a superstar in the art world, with a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. His sculptures—for example, an oversized Pinocchio floating face down in a pool—sell for millions of dollars. In this funny, mind-bending and visually beautiful film, Boulder director Maura Axelrod tries to find the “real” Cattelan, a task that is complicated by the fact that the artist is elusive, to say the least.
Friday, March 3, 7:30pm
Writer/director/comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Both father and son set out on their own paths, as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans. A CBS Films release. Directed and written by Demetri Martin.