“We are so excited about our opening and closing night film selections this year,” said Robin Beeck, Festival Executive Director. “This is a stellar, dynamic duo—a World War II-era romantic comedy about a female screenwriter starring Gemma Arterton, and an award-winning documentary by renowned Boulder filmmaker Jeff Orlowski and producer Larissa Rhodes, about the effect of the shifting climate on the health of our oceans. We’re honored to showcase both of these incredible films in Boulder.”
Opening Night Film
United Kingdom, Feature Film, 116 minutes, 2016
This rousing romantic comedy from director Lone Scherfig (An Education) takes us back to 1940 Britain when the British Ministry turned to movies to hoist the sagging morale of the country. This witty film shows what happens when an industry of men suddenly find themselves catering to an audience of mostly women whose men are off to war. The industry hires a talented copywriter named Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) to write authentic female dialogue. Catrin’s natural ability quickly gets her noticed by charming lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley, and the colorful cast and crew of their movie, Dunkirk!, work furiously to make a film that will lift British spirits.
Directed by Lone Scherfig; written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel Their Finest Hour and a Halfby Lissa Evans. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons, and Richard E. Grant. In select theaters April 7, 2017. An STX Entertainment Release.
Closing Night Film
USA, Feature Documentary, 2017, 93 minutes
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate—in Chasing Coral, a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why, and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Enter Jeff Orlowski, Boulder-based director of Chasing Ice, which created irrefutable, visual proof of the melting ice caps. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.
Produced & directed by Jeff Orlowski, produced by Larissa Rhodes. executive produced by David J. Cornfield, Linda A. Cornfiel, Ryan W. Ahrens, Jill K. Ahrens. Featuring Richard Vevers, Zackery Rago, Dr. John “Charlie” Veron. Edited By Davis Coombe.