What to see at the Independent Film Festival - Metro US

What to see at the Independent Film Festival

Boston’s Independent Film Festival kicks off April 27 – May 4. In this weeklong event, notable films from around the world bring together directors, producers, actors and moviegoers in an interactive experience celebrating unheard voices and innovative cinematic methods. Below are some of the highlights of the season.
“The Hollars”
Directed by John Krasinski.
April 27 at 7:30pm
Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square,Somerville
Former “The Office” actorJohn Krasinski directs and stars in “The Hollars,” alongside Anna Kendrick. In this dramedy, which is Krasinski’s second directorial project, aspiring NYC artist John Hollar, played by Krasinski, returns to his hometown the day before his mother’s brain surgery. His girlfriend (Kendrick), who is eight months pregnant with their first child, comes along to help John navigate his dysfunctional family, high school friends and an overly-involved ex.
“The Intervention”
Directed by Clea DuVall.
May 4 at 7:30pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St, Brookline
A dramedy written, directed, produced and starred by Clea DuVall concludes the festival. Melanie Lynskey (“Togetherness”), Natasha Lyonne (“Orange is the New Black”) and Vincent Piazza (“Boardwalk Empire”) join DuVall in her directorial debut. The film circles a group of eight friends as they intervene on one couple’s failing marriage. As they become more and more involved, they begin to realize some hard truths about themselves and their own relationships.

“Tony Robbins: I am not your guru”
April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St,Cambridge
Tony Robbins is a powerful motivational speaker, personal finance instructor and author of “Unlimited Power,” a self-help book that discusses Robbins’ seven disciplines of success. Primetime Emmy winner Joe Berlinger dives into Robbins’ life and goes behind the scenes of his popular seminar “Date with Destiny,” which has been attended by more than 2,500 people each year. This documentary gives a close look at Robbins’ influence, perspectives on success and how he came to be an internationally renowned business strategist.
“The Rain Collector”
Directed by Isabella Wing-Davey
April 28 at 7 p.m. and May 2 at 7:15 p.m.
Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square,Somerville
In the 1860s, author GJ Symons founded a network of rainfall data collection sites called the British Rainfall Organisation. Primarily a male field of study, Vanessa Kentworth (Celine Buckens) upsets this strict Victorian England environment by collecting and analyzing rain. She challenges what is considered appropriate for women while struggling with her mother’s concerns and trying to find love. Inspired by these true events, Isabella Wing-Davey turns a wry eye on women’s place in science in the past and now.
Directed by Alice Winocour
May 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square,Somerville
Released in France as “Maryland,” the renamed narrative feature follows Vincent, played by Matthias Schoenaerts (“Far From the Madding Crowd”), an ex-special forces soldier with PTSD, as he attempts to protect the wife (Diane Kruger) and child of a Lebanese businessman. Despite the setting’s apparent tranquility, he struggles between hallucinations and anxiety of potential threats.

For a full schedule and tickets, visit IFF.org

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