FETHIVAL FLASH: IFFB Fall Focus gets underway Sunday

fethivalflashcolumn300x150The Independent Film Festival Boston is trying something new this year – a fall film series of popular festival film titles!

IFFBoston’s Fall Film Focus will highlight five titles that were hits at recent fall festivals. The special series will run from Sunday through Thursday at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

The five titles screening are as follows (descriptions from the IFFB press release):

WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
Sunday, October 25 – 7pm at the Brattle.
An an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore (BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, FAHRENHEIT 9/11), playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. This hilarious, eye-opening call to arms shows the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already exist in the world, he says—they’re just waiting to be co-opted.

THE INVITATION
Monday, October 26 – 8:30pm at the Brattle.
In this taut thriller from the Karyn Kusama (GIRLFIGHT, JENNIFER’S BODY), a haunted man attends a dinner party at the house he once called home and is gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda.

ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday, October 27 – 8pm at the Brattle.
Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, broken, aging comedian (played by Gregg Turkington, aka Neil Hamburger)tours trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters in Rick Alverson’s (THE COMEDY) existential road movie.

THE ASSASSIN
Wednesday, October 28 – 7:30pm at the Brattle.
This lush historical drama from master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI; FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON) is the official Taiwanese submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2016 Academy Awards and Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for 11 Golden Horse (Taiwanese Oscars) Awards including Best Picture.

ANOMALISA
Thursday, October 29 – 8:30pm at the Brattle.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, based on a play written by Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH; ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), this stop-motion animated drama is voiced by actors David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan.

IFFBoston will also be sponsoring two parties for this special “mini fest”:

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Sunday, October 25 — 5–6:30pm at Tasty Burger
Free to all ticket-holders on a space available basis; $20 Suggested Donation.

CLOSING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY
Thursday, October, 29 — 10pm–midnight at Wagamama
Free for IFFBoston members; $25 for General Public.

Unfortunately, we committed to two other Halloween-centered gatherings just 24 hours before the special fall focus films were announced and will be unable to attend, but YOU CAN!  Thanks to IFFBoston for putting this together, and we hope you enjoy the films. For more info, visit their website at http://iffboston.org!

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