2004 Boston Film Festival: Sept. 10-19

Though the summer blockbuster season is coming to a close and the Fall glut of Oscar contenders is still a few months off, moviegoers in the Hub still have something to be excited about: the 20th Annual Boston Film Festival is just two weeks away.
Last year’s incarnation featured the debut of Ridley Scott’s excellent Matchstick Men, starring Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Lohman and writer/director Tim McCanlies Secondhand Lions, with Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment.
Though the official schedule has yet to be announced, a press release on the festival’s official site details what are sure to be some of the highlights of the week-long celebration of film:

This year’s selection of films includes “The Woodsman” (USA) directed by Nicole Kassell and starring Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Benjamin Bratt, “Being Julia” directed by Academy Award winner Istvan Szabo(Mephisto) and starring Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons, “Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession”(USA) directed by Xan Cassavetes. “Overnight” directed by Mark Brian Smith, “Dear Frankie”(U.K.) directed by Shona Auerbach, “Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst”(USA) directed by Robert Stone, “Silver City”(USA) directed by John Sayles and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Chris Cooper and Daryl Hannah, “Bright Young Things”(U.K.) directed by Stephen Fry, “September Tapes” directed by Christian Johnston, the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner “Primer” directed by Shane Carruth as well as the 2004 Sundance Documentary Audience Award winner “Born Into Brothels” directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kaufman.

As with last year’s festival, the films will be screened at the Boston Common and Copley Place theaters. In past years, tickets have been available at the theaters and via Fandango about a week ahead of time.

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