IFF Boston’s Fall Focus features telepaths, samurai, and Greta Gerwig

The leaves are turning, there’s a crispness to the air, and all those damn students are back: Yes, that’s right, it’s fall. And with the season comes a small screening series from the the good folks at the Independent Film Festival Boston.

For a few days starting Sunday (October 22), IFF Boston will be taking over the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge and showing some of the most interesting and buzz-worthy films on the release calendar for the rest of this year. We’ve got new films from Greta Gerwig, Richard Linklater, Martin McDonagh, and Takashi Miike amongst others, and everything else still looks and sounds absolutely drool-worthy. We’ve previewed the schedule for you, and included links to some of our reviews to the films playing the fest that we saw at some other festivals for your perusal as well.

Kick ass and support a local fest, will you?

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Lady Bird
Sunday, October 22 @ 6:45 p.m.

The opening night film of the Fall Focus might also be its strongest. Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut was a hit at Toronto International Film Festival and at every single other fall festival it’s played at so far this year, and critics have been going perpetually apeshit about it online to the point that we can’t recall a single discouraging word said about it. It’s about the conflict between a young woman, nicknamed Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan), and her mother (Laurie Metcalf) after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. They’re more alike than they think, but hey, it’s 2002 and shit’s crazy in Sacramento, so nobody’s getting along anyways. It’s a deeply autobiographical work, one in a similar vein to her previous screenwritten films with director Noah Baumbach, and it’s sure to be something incredible.

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