Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman

Boston Calling revealed the details for its first-ever Boston Calling Film Festival, curated by Academy award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman. The film festival will showcase a series of films that explore similar themes told from the perspective of either male or female directors. The film festival will lead up to Boston Calling Music Festival and take place Tuesday, May 22nd to Thursday, May 24th at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square (40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA). Additionally, Natalie is curating and hosting a series of special programming, held indoors at the music festival’s arena throughout the weekend, May 25th – May 27th.

“I’m so excited to show films that I love that explore the female gaze,” says Natalie Portman. “I don’t think there is anything inherently different between male and female artists, but these are examples of great works of art in which similar storylines have female tropes that play out quite differently depending on who is telling the story.  I’m looking forward to sharing these with an audience and hearing their reactions. It makes it an even more special opportunity to watch these incredible films on the big screen at one of my favorite movie theaters.”

Boston Calling Film Festival
“The Female Gaze”

Tuesday, May 22nd  

4:15pm
Lolita, the 1962 British-American drama directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Sue Lyon and James Mason

7:15pm
The Holy Girl, directed by Lucretia Martel and starring Mercedes Morán, María Alche, and Carlos Belloso

9:30pm
Diary of a Teenage Girl, the bold, coming-of-age film directed by Marielle Heller and starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Kristen Wiig

Wednesday, May 23rd

4:30pm
Jeanne Dielman, Chantal Akerman’s cult classic starring Delphine Seyrig

8:30pm
Belle de Jour, a new restoration of the 1967 French drama directed by Luis Buñue and starring Catherine Deneuve

Thursday, May 24th

7:30pm
I Am Not A Witch, Rungano Nyoni’s feature debut film starring newcomer Maggie Mulubwa

9:30pm
The Exorcist, the extended director’s cut of the legendary 1973 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, and Lee J. Cobb

Now in its ninth edition, Boston Calling Music Festival will take place for the second consecutive year at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston (65 North Harvard Street, Boston) on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th – 27th, 2018. Headlined by Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White, Boston Calling 2018 will deliver over 54 performances from musicians, bands, and comedians across its three stages and the festival’s indoor arena.

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