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Amadeus Live

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Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, “Amadeus” is universally acclaimed as the best movie about classical music ever made. Enjoy this spectacular marriage of sight, sound, and epic movie-making in a thrilling new way—with the film projected on a vast HD screen as the soundtrack is performed live by the H+H orchestra and chorus. And, with the music played on the period instruments Mozart himself heard and wrote for, the experience takes on new authenticity and power.

Amadeus Live, the complete film with soundtrack performed live by the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus will be performed at Symphony Hall on:

Friday, Nov 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 at 3 PM                                                

For tickets and information, click HERE.

 

Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service—at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide.  Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.

 

From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.  Thank You for Your Service arrives in theatres nationwide on October 27.

 

The promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing Thank You for Your Service.  Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26.  Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last.  This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only.

 

“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of Thank You for Your Service, they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” said Jim Orr, Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Universal Pictures.  “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”

 

“Thank You for Your Service reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice made by America’s servicemembers and their families,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres.  “AMC is pleased to partner with Universal Pictures to offer veterans and active servicemembers the opportunity to attend this preview screening at no charge.”

 

For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating, please visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com.  

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Free Sita

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“I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other.”

 

This was film critic Roger Ebert’s reaction to Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues (2008), an animated film that follows two parallel stories. The first is the ancient tale of Sita, the heroine of the Hindu mythological story of the Ramayana, and the second is the modern biographical tale of Nina, the filmmaker herself.

 

Originally a short that Paley expanded almost single-handedly into a feature film, Sita Sings the Blues incorporates multiple styles of animation: from the 18th-century tradition of Rajput painting and traditional Indian shadow puppets to modern vector graphic animation and lo-fi “squigglevision.” Each aspect comes together to unfold Paley’s retelling of the Ramayana in a form sympathetic to Sita, alongside the exploration of events from Paley’s own life. Paley’s take on the Ramayana was not uncontroversial; her shifting of the focus from Prince Rama to Sita drew strong reactions upon release. But ultimately, the film’s brightness, humor, color, and exuberance make it the perfect event to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival celebrating the victory of light, goodness, knowledge, and hope over darkness, evil, ignorance, and despair—aspirations that feel more pressing than ever at this particular moment.

 

The screening will take place at the Harvard Art Museums in Menschel Hall, Lower Level on Oct. 20. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Showtime is 2 PM. Free admission

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DoctoberFest at The Cape Ann

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From October 13-19, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage and three other downtown Gloucester venues will host The 8th Annual DoctoberFest Documentary film festival, featuring over 30 films and guests.

“The idea for DoctoberFest came to me a dozen years ago,” explains Festival curator Rob Newton of Cape Ann Cinema & Stage. “It was October of 2005,” and I was on a week-long, craft-brew-fueled documentary binge, which was capped by German director Werner Herzog's 'Grizzly Man.' My love of film and my love of wordplay met, and the idea for DoctoberFest was born.”

Four special guests will be a part of the festivities:

“California Typewriter” opens the Festival on Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm. This portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse features the likes of Tom Hanks, David McCullough, and the late Sam Shepard. The film will be followed by a live performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, which is featured in the film.

“When The Witches Came To Town” plays on Saturday, October 14 at 2:30pm, and is about how, in the summer of 1986, Warner Bros. took over the town of Cohasset, Mass. to film the movie "The Witches Of Eastwick.” Director/producer David Fresina will present the film personally and host a Q&A after.

“The Peacemaker” plays on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30pm, and chronicles five years in the life of international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. Director James Demo will present the film personally, and will host a Q&A after.

“Tab Hunter Confidential” closes out DoctoberFest on Thursday, October 19. Throughout his years of stardom, 1950s matinee idol Tab Hunter had a secret––he was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. The tell-all biopic will be hosted by Hunter himself and producer Allan Glaser.

In addition to the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (and its new 15-seat The Magic Lantern Community Screening Room), films will run at three other downtown Gloucester venues:

The Gloucester Meetinghouse at 10 Church Street will host “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World” on Saturday, October 14. In this one, music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others illustrates how these talented Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

The Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street will host “Atlantic” on Sunday, October 15 at 1:30pm. In it, director Richard O'Donnell follows the struggles of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway, and Newfoundland, as they battle for control of the resources in their waters.

The Sawyer Free Library at 2 Dale Avenue will host a free screening of “Sense The Wind” on Monday, October 16 at 7:00pm. The film is about blind sailors who race across open water learning not to fear what they cannot see, on boats or on land. Life turns unpredictable as the wind when one of them gains something far more valuable than a trophy and must learn to live and to sail with a new sensibility.

The rest of the line-up will screen at The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 21 Main Street:

 

“24 X 36: A Movie About Movie Posters” - Mon. Oct. 16 @ 7:30pm

This fascinating look at the birth, death, and resurrection of illustrated movie poster art uses interviews with a number of key art personalities from the past four decades.

 

“30 Years Of Garbage” - Fri. Oct. 13 @ 10:00pm

Explore the ghoulish, grossed-out goodness that was The Garbage Pail Kids collector's cards, the Cabbage Patch Kids parody that became a 1980s kiddie sensation.

 

“Bella Vita” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm

Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast now carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland.

 

“Check It” - Wed. Oct. 18 @ 7:30pm

Beneath the tragic tales of woe and abuse, an LGBTQ+ gang struggling to survive in one Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods has an underlying story of hope and resilience.

 

“Chicken Hawk” – Tues. Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm

Director Adi Sideman gets uncomfortably close to some members of N.A.M.B.L.A., the North American Man-Boy Love Association, in this no-budget 1994 classic whammy.

 

“Dina” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 5:00pm

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story, winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at this year's Sundance.

 

“Flight Of The Butterfies” - Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16–Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 11:00am

It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth in this beautiful 3D experience.

 

“Food Evolution” - Tues. Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm

Esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates this brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. This night is hosted by Cape Ann Skeptics.

 

“Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 1:30pm

In preparation for a 2016 exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscrosses the globe to unravel the secrets of the late-medieval artist's work.

 

“An Inconvenient Sequel” - Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16–Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 2:30pm

Over a decade after Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary, the former Vice President of the United States gets angry that his climate change call-to-arms has not been properly answered.

 

“Just Desserts: The Making Of 'Creepshow'” - Fri. Oct. 13 @ 10pm

In 1982, author Stephen King, and late director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the controversial EC comics of the 1950s, and now, the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told. Followed by “Creepshow.” Also part of the Cinema's month-long “This Is Halloween” line-up.

 

“The Land” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 2:30pm

This short about the nature of play, risk, and hazard is set in The Land, a Welsh "adventure” playground in which children climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

 

“Leviathan” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 4:00pm

This thrilling, immersive documentary takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing, set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast... the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick.

 

“Lives Well Lived” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 12:00pm

Sky Bergman celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of 40 adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest, whos experience encompasses over 3000 years.

 

“Martha & Niki” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 7:30pm

In 2010, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop.

 

“The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble” - Fri. Oct. 13 & Mon. Oct. 16-Thurs. Oct. 19 @ 12:00pm

Morgan Neville, director of the Oscar-winning “20 Feet From Stardom,” profiles cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, an eclectic group of musicians who tour worldwide.

 

“One Big Home” - Mon. Oct. 16 @ 7:30pm

A carpenter in Martha's Vineyard takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera to document homeowners and builders who look the other way as he works with his community to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

 

“Point Of Order” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 5:00pm

Leftist filmmaker Emile de Antonio compiled this documentary out of 187 hours' worth of kinescopes recorded during the 1954 Senate Army-McCarthy Hearings. Presented without narration, the film shows both McCarthy and his claims crumbling under scrutiny.

 

“Re-Animator Resurrectus” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 10:00pm

This in-depth behind-the-scenes look at Stuart Gordon's 1985 cult hit, “Re-Animator,” spills everything you've ever wanted to know about the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror show. Followed by “Re-Animator.” Also part of the Cinema's month-long “This Is Halloween” line-up.

 

“Served Like A Girl” - Wed. Oct. 18 @ 7:30pm

Follow several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

“Swim Team” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity.

 

“Teaserama” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 10:00pm

This plotless time capsule from 1955 features several 1950s burlesque acts, strippers, some stand-up comics (of the take-my-wife-please variety) and most notably, cult favorite Bettie Page, who introduces the acts and frames the film by strutting her stuff.

 

“Titicut Follies” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 4pm

This 1967 hallmark was banned for 24 years, and was the result of Fred Wiseman spending a month inside Bridgewater State Hospital (a human storehouse for the criminally insane) with unprecedented access.

 

“The Tulip Bubble” - Sun. Oct. 15 @ 1:30pm

It was the first big bust in the history of booms--the burst of the tulip bubble in Holland in 1637. Once, tulip bulbs were worth their weight in gold and became the object of fantastic financial speculation. But, then...

 

“The Year We Thought About Love” - Sat. Oct. 14 @ 12:00pm

The Boston-based LGBTQ theater troupe True Colors: OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, this cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings.

 

Tickets for all DoctoberFest features (except the Closing Night event with Tab Hunter) are $11.50 adults, $10.00 students and senior, and $8.50 for Cinema Members, and are available in advance at www.CapeAnnCinema.com or at the Cinema.

 

The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (21 Main Street in Gloucester) is a living-room-style community cinema in Gloucester's historic West End, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Cinema at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

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Liberty & Justice Theme fr BAAFF 17

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), announces a provocative and entertaining program of independent cinema highlighting recent, significant works by and/or about Asian and the Asian diaspora. The festival theme this year is Liberty & Justice, a showcase of inspiring stories about the challenges and victories of self-empowerment and civic responsibility as individuals and community leaders.

The theme of Liberty & Justice is especially relevant in our changing world–locally, nationally, and globally. The anchor films for the festival commemorates the 135th anniversary of the passing of The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066–led to the mass incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent in 1942, and the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising following the Rodney King verdict in 1992.

BAAFF’s hope is to reflect, learn from, and move towards a more free and just society for all Americans, regardless of race, background, citizenship status, gender, class, and/or other intersecting identities. Together, as friends, citizens, and neighbors, we are calling to protect and preserve liberty and justice for all.

This year, the festival takes place October 19-22, 2017 in Boston at ArtsEmerson’s Bright Family Screening Room in the Paramount Center and in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre.

 

For more information, a full festival lineup, and tickets, visit: www.baaff.org or www.facebook.com/baaff.

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Gangsta Grandmas

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Parade Deck Films and WowNow Entertainment announced today the opening theatrical date for BAD GRANDMAS. Set to open on October 6, 2017, the film stars the late Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, Mars Attacks!) and Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop, The Santa Clause).  Described as a Fargo-meets-Bad Grandpas comedy, BAD GRANDMAS was written and directed by Srikant Chellappa. The film is slated to open theatrically in over 20 markets and then hit VOD, digital as well as Blu ray™ and DVD just in time for the holidays.

BAD GRANDMAS is a dark comedy about four southern grandmothers who accidentally kill a con man. Things really go off the rails though when his partner shows up wanting to know where he is.  The film also stars Randall Batinkoff (Kick-Ass), Miriam Parrish (“Days of Our Lives”, “Roseanne”) and Susie Wall (Sophie). Their golden years are not what they expected, but they are far from boring.

Trailer Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gojas6nVdAQ

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Sunset Cinema at MFA: Get Out

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On Thursday, September 14, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), partners with Roxbury International Film Festival to present a free outdoor screening of Jordan Peele's groundbreaking horror film Get Out. Part of MFA Film's summer series "Sunset Cinema," the screening takes place on the Museum's Huntington Avenue lawn.

Here's the synopsis: When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

Lawn games, art-making activities and music by DJ YVNG PAVL, founder of CLLCTV BOSTON, begin at 6 pm. The screening starts after sundown, around 8 pm. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase, and visitors are invited to bring a blanket or low chair, a picnic supper and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film.

 

Jon Hamm’s “Walter Prime” virtual character in the upcoming acclaimed film MARJORIE PRIME has become a reality today.

Volumetric capture startup 8i announced that its Holo mobile augmented reality (AR) app has released a collection of Jon Hamm holograms to celebrate the theatrical release of FilmRise and Passage Pictures’ MARJORIE PRIME. 

Hamm, who plays a hologram in the film, appears as his “Walter Prime” character in a stunning photorealistic holographic rendering now available for free download in the Holo app, in the App Store for iPhone and on the Google Play  store for Android.

8i previously unveiled a Jon Hamm hologram at the 2017 Sundance International Film Festival, making Hamm the first actor at the festival to be turned into a lifelike 3D hologram for virtual and augmented reality. Now, smartphone Android and iOS users around the world can virtually meet “Walter Prime,” as if they were standing in the same room, with the ability to snap a selfie, or record a video with the character as he helps you "remember the moment." The video and photos of “Walter Prime,” which can also be shared with friends on messaging and social apps, make him appear as if he was there in real life.

 The 3D hologram of the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor is available for three months via the Holo app beginning Wednesday, August 16th at noon ET.

The first app of its kind, Holo is a mobile AR app that lets you add holograms of real people or animals into your real world and create videos or photos to share with friends. Created with breakthrough volumetric video technology developed by 8i, Holo features a variety of photorealistic 3D holograms that can be added into your camera view, moved, rotated and resized while recording your video. Holo unveiled a similar collaboration for Spider-Man: Homecoming earlier this year, and the company also features hologram collections of entertainers, athletes, influencers, and original characters, in a range of poses, such as: Buzz Aldrin, Anderson Silva, Debby Ryan, Superfruit, Fall Out Boy and others.

“Working with Jon Hamm was incredibly rewarding for 8i because for the first time we got to watch how our technology brought the performance of a world-class actor alive in volumetric video,” said Steve Raymond, CEO of 8i. “Jon is an incredible talent and seeing him come alive as a hologram was an exciting milestone. With the launch of Holo and the onset of mobile AR, anyone with a smartphone can now bring Jon’s performance into their living room to direct their own videos with the ‘Walter Prime’ character from MARJORIE PRIME. We're thrilled to partner with FilmRise and Passage Pictures to bring this innovative storytelling capability to Jon’s fans around the world.

"It is amazing to experience the future in the here and now,” said Uri Singer, MARJORIE PRIME producer. “When we first started working on the movie, the script dictated that the holograms would be portrayed as a futuristic reality. Making an actual hologram, not only on film but one that can be experienced around the world right from your smartphone, attests to how present the future has become."

 

 MARJORIE PRIME follows eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) who spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband, Walter (Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Geena Davis and Tim Robbins round out the all-star cast.

 

Marjorie Prime opens August 18th in select theaters with a national rollout to follow. View the MARJORIE PRIME trailer HERE.

To learn more about Holo, click HERE.

 

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A Disappointing Homecoming

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By John Black

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is a mish-mash of what’s right and what’s wrong with most of the comic book movies that clog up theaters every summer: The best bits are the ones where the main characters are out of their costumes and being human instead of manically flying around the screen being an all-powerful superhero. Once the CGI takes over, the movie quickly becomes a chaotic mess that’s barely indistinguishable from all the comic book movie that have come before. Because of the source material, and the studio’s misguided mandate that bigger is always better when it comes to summer cinema, the balance of Spider-Man: Homecoming is skewed far too much to the idiotic action side to be anything beyond a mindless way to spend two hours in airconditioned comfort, but thanks to the real actors there’s enough humanity in it to keep you interested and, for the most part, entertained.

Like many of its predecessors in the franchise, Spider-Man: Homecoming tells the familiar story of young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) as he tries to learn how to harness his special ‘Spidey’ powers while at the same time lead a ‘normal’ life as a high school student. Hogtied by the cannon of the Marvel comic book character, as well as the five films that came before it, Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t really bring anything too original to the story beyond bringing a much-needed sense of diversity to his circle of friends and making Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) a lot sexier than she ever was on the printed page. Unlike the Peter Parkers that preceded him, Holland thankfully plays the part with a sense of celebrating his inner nerd that makes the character a lot more fun to spend time with, for his friends and his fans.

The only way a Spider-Man Franchise can truly separate itself from the pack is to give the hero a worthy opponent to battle against. One of the reasons that Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man worked so well was the performance of Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin/Norman Osborn. On the flip-side, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stunk because of Jamie Foxx’s idiotic Electro. Michael Keaton’s performance as The Vulture unfortunately falls more to the negative side. When he’s being a blue-collar joe just trying to make a living selling alien weaponry made from the trash left behind in the ruins of that the Avenger’s latest battle in New York, Keaton’s a bit too bland to really convinces us he has what it takes to make the leap to crazed super villain. By the time he is switched out for a computer effect in a metal flying suit, it’s too late to make us care.

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The Boston French Film Festival Arrives

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The Museum of Fine Arts most popular film festival showcases a diverse selection of the very best new French cinema. Highlights from this year’s lineup include the opening night film Divorce, French Style, a whip-smart comedy screened outdoors on the MFA lawn; Swagger, a surreal documentary that brings to life the dreams of eleven teenagers; Slack Bay, a macabre slapstick comedy starring Juliette Binoche; and The Odyssey, a sun-drenched biopic about oceanographer Jacques Cousteau starring Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney. For a dose of fresh insight into this complex and culturally rich nation, grab a glass of wine from Taste Café and settle in for a visual feast.

All films are presented on DCP in French with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

The Boston French Film Festival takes place at the MFA July 13 – July 30. For information, click HERE,

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