BOSTON – Since the beginning of September, film festivals have been the talk of the movie-loving community around the globe. Festivals like Sundance and Cannes are great fun, but they happen earlier in the year. The ones that kick off the fall season are the festivals that are the most hotly-anticipated among film lovers and Oscar prognosticators. Most prominently, the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival are the events that give people the best idea of what movies will be in the conversation once awards season rolls around.
This year, much of the conversation has been around Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, which won TIFF's People's Choice Award, Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, the Safdie brothers' Uncut Gems, Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and Rian Johnson's Knives Out. If any of those films sound interesting to you, then you might want to keep an eye out on the film festivals in the awards circuit that are coming to Boston. Contenders will definitely want to establish a presence in Boston, after all.
The season of festivals in Massachusetts begins today with the Boston Film Festival. The BFF will last until September 22 at the ShowPlace ICON theater, as well as the Boston Public Library. Among the films scheduled at BFF are Jojo Rabbit, which will make its premiere in the United States tonight at nine, A Hidden Life, a new picture from auteur Terrence Malick which bows on Sunday, and The Last Harvest: You Can’t Grow Without Change, an exciting new environmental documentary that has won a plethora of awards and will debut tomorrow night.
From now through November 17, there are plenty of film festivals for cinephiles to sink their teeth into, including exclusive festivals honoring women filmmakers, Latino filmmakers, Asian-American filmmakers, Jewish filmmakers, and more.
The other, most major film festival this year will occur in Cambridge at the Brattle Theatre from November 1 to November 3. Known as the Independent Film Festival Boston: Fall Focus, movies have not yet been announced for this festival. However, last year, Roma and The Favourite could be seen in early in Cambridge, so it stands to reason that some critical darlings could make their way to Cambridge, as well.
My predictions for what those could include are Waves, Just Mercy, The Report, and Parasite.
Happy movie season!