Once again, the good folks at IFFBoston are taking over the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge for their yearly Fall Focus, a weekend filled with some of the best films of the year, well before they hit your local arthouse. This year’s line-up is exceptionally strong, and that’s saying something, given that films like Moonlight and Lady Bird have screened at prior iterations of the mini-festival.
We’ve got a Haruki Murakami adaptation that may actually be the single best translation of the master author’s work to the screen, we’ve got a black-and-white drama that uses the metaphorical divide between the East and the West to describe the collapse of a relationship in postwar Poland, and we’ve got a fairy-tale penned by the author of Let the Right One In about a Border Patrol officer discovering that she may very well be more than human. And those are only three of the absolutely incredible choices you’ll find on screen at the Brattle from October 19 through the 21.
Friday, October 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
We fell in love with Paul Dano’s adaptation of Richard Ford’s classic novel back when we saw it at Sundance, with its pastoral setting and rich performances from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. Wildlife is about the dissolution of a marriage in 1960s Montana as seen through the eyes of a young couple’s son (Ed Oxenbould), and, in a more just world, Mulligan would be receiving Oscar buzz for her pained turn in here. Dano’s got serious chops, and it may very well be the perfect opener for a fall fest like this, given its pitch-perfect melancholy.