One of our very favorite film festivals, BAMcinemafest, returns June 14 to 25. According to the just-released lineup, there’ll be new films from Alex Ross Perry, Michael Showalter, Gillian Robespierre, and several other indie stalwarts. Tickets go on sale to BAM members on May 11 and to the general public May 18.
Last year, Brooklyn’s own Alex Ross Perry appeared at BAMcinemaFest as an actor in Jeff Baena’s bros-will-be-bros film, Joshy. This year he’s back in the director’s chair, as his new film Golden Exits will close the fest. Like Listen Up Philip, another Alex Ross Perry film that had an early screening at BAMcinemaFest, this one features Jason Schwartzman. This time he’s joined by an ensemble cast that includes Emily Browning, Chloë Savigny, Mary-Louise Parker, and Beastie Boy/activist Adam Horovitz. (Ad-Rock was last seen in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young.)
The Brooklyn-set drama promises to explore “the personal torment belying domesticated oblivion” and “the dramatic and darkly comedic faces of despair,” which definitely sounds like an Alex Ross Perry joint.
Also sure to be a hot ticket is The Big Sick, Michael Showalter’s follow-up to his Williamsburg comedy, Hello, My Name Is Doris. The trailer for this new one has been all over social media this week. According to Vulture, “It’s a little bit While You Were Sleeping and a little bit When Harry Met Sally — Kumail Nanjiani’s Sundance breakout The Big Sick is a romantic dramedy that finds Nanjiani in love with his ex-girlfriend who’s in a coma.” Zoe Kazan also stars in the Judd Apatow-produced film, which is based on Nanjiani’s courtship with his wife Emily V. Gordon.
Also look out for Landline, the new one from Gillian Robespierre, director of the excellent Jenny Slate breakout vehicle Obvious Child. Slate– who starred in My Blind Brother with Zoe Kazan (small world!)– is back, and married to “papa bear” Mark Duplass in this one. Variety calls this a “less caustic version of The Squid and the Whale” (speaking of Noah Baumbach).
There’s plenty more where that came from. Check out the lineup here.