BIFF teases lineup with Oscar-nominated films

Announcement includes films by Miyazaki, Kurt Miller

Josh Gross | Boulder Weekly

Hot on the heels of announcing John Turturro’s ‘Fading Gigolo’ as the opener, the Boulder International Film Festival announced just teased more of its lineup.

Films announced in the most recent press release are below.

Oscar nominated – Animated feature film
In The Wind Rises, created by animation master Hayao Miyazaki, protagonist
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Jiro joins a major
Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most
innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of
his life, depicting key historical events of the time. The Wind Rises
screens Sunday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. at the Boulder Theater.

Kurt Miller’s The Current, featuring Olympic gold-medal swimmer and
Coloradan Missy Franklin, centers on adaptive water sports for athletes
overcoming disabilities-such as surfing, scuba diving, free-diving and ocean
kayaking alongside whales and dolphins in exotic locations. Each cast member
shares inspirational stories of perseverance and an unwillingness to be held
back by limitations. The Current screens Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at
Boulder High School with a special appearance by the director and several of
the film’s subjects, including Missy Franklin.

What if you lost the love of your life, and then, much later, saw that
person again across a crowded room? In this sweet, sad, sexy romance, Nikki
(Annette Bening) spots Tom (Ed Harris) at an art gallery. Tom looks exactly
like her beloved husband Garret, who was killed in an accident five years
ago. Ecstatic over the chance to live as if her husband had never died,
Nikki stalks Tom, signs up for his art class and the two leap into a
passionate love affair. But Tom has no clue that Nikki’s love is actually
meant for somebody else, while Nikki’s guilt forces her to hide both
Garret’s pictures from Tom, and hide Tom from her family and friends. With
an outstanding supporting cast, including Robin Williams, this moving gem
screens Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Boulder Theater.

Direct to BIFF from Sundance, No No: A Dockumentary offers a look at the
personal life of the only major league pitcher to throw a perfect game while
tripping on LSD (that we know of). But when Dock Ellis put on his uniform,
he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.  This will be the
first time his legend-and the story of the man behind it-will be told in a
feature-length film. No No: A Dockumentary screens Friday, Feb. 14 at 9:30
p.m. at the Boulder Theater and Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. at eTown

Elaine Stritch  is a legendary star who first appeared on Broadway in 1948
and has dated JFK, Marlon Brando, Gig Young and Ben Gazzara. In this funny,
ferocious, unforgettable film, Elaine Stritch is taking her show on the road
one last time. Cast includes appearances by Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and
Nathan Lane, among others. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me screens Friday, Feb. 14
at 4:30 p.m. at the Boulder Theater.

Oscar-nominated – Foreign Language film
After the American military’s carpet-bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam
War helped foster the rise of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s new leader Pol Pot
rounded up the entire population of Cambodia’s capital and forced them into
labor camps in the countryside. This included 11-year-old Rithy Pan and his
family. Now an acclaimed film director, Rithy Pan struggled for years to
find a way to tell his story through film as there are no pictures of this
monumental horror. The Missing Picture screens Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30

The full program of 58 films will be released on Monday, Jan. 27. Tickets for individual films will be $12. Full festival passes are $375. BIFF will go down February 13-16 at multiple venues around Boulder.