Presented by Independent Film Festival Boston and The Brattle Theatre.
Wednesday, March 18 - Noah Baumbach Triple Feature
* 5:30 p.m.: The Squid and the Whale (2005) dir Noah Baumbach w/Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin [81 min; Digital]
In his third feature, Noah Baumbach uncovers the uncomfortable, autobiographical tale of an intellectual Brooklyn couple whose marriage is collapsing – much to the dismay of their two sons. Bernard (Daniels) and Joan (Linney) verbally eviscerate each other in ways only the truly self-centered and academically overachieving can, while the boys act out in their own ways. Poignant and at times squirm inducing, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE features outstanding performances by its four leads.
* 7:30 p.m.: Kicking and Screaming (1995) dir Noah Baumbach w/Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigman, Eric Stoltz, Parker Posey, Elliott Gould [96 min; TBD]
Paralyzed by postgraduation ennui, a group of college friends remain on campus, patching together a community for themselves in order to deny the real-world futures awaiting them. Baumbach’s hilarious and touching directorial debut was one of the highlights of the American independent film scene of the nineties, speaking directly to a generation of adults-to-be unable to reconcile their hermetic educational experience with workaday responsibility, and posing the eternal question, where do we go from here? Stingingly funny and incisive, Baumbach’s breakthrough features endlessly quotable dialogue, delivered by a stellar ensemble cast. – The Criterion Collection
* 9:30 p.m.: Frances Ha (2012) dir Noah Baumbach w/Greta Gerwig [86 min; TBD]
Frances (Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.
Thursday, March 19 - Special free preview screening with Noah Baumbach in person
* 7:30 p.m.: While We're Young (2015) dir Noah Baumbach w/Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin [94 min; DCP]
Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.