Day 4 of the 2013 IFFB featured a faithful Joss Whedon audience fawning over every frame of the director’s version of Much Ado About Nothing (with critics’ opinions’ wildly across the board), Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick celebrating the world premiere of Best Kept Secret as part of autism awareness, and indie horror fans keeping the midnight chill away at the Brattle Theatre with V/H/S 2. What will Sunday bring? Here are my recommendations and thoughts, in case you’re still looking for a last-minute festival idea.
Early afternoon: Consider two U.S. East Coast premieres about two very different Pacific environs: The Land of Eb is the fictional tale an aging coffee farmer in Kona, Hawaii who’s contemplating his life amid the culture and practices of his surroundings (12 pm). The Defector: Escape from North Korea is the timely documentary about those who escape their nation’s dictatorship and the “broker” who helps hundreds make the run to China (12:15 pm).
Late afternoon: Catch the 80-minute documentary entry Remote Area Medical, about a makeshift 3-day clinic in Tennessee, that illuminates the growing healthcare problems in the U.S. (2:45 p.m.); or see the 2 hour, 40 minute, decades-spanning narrative feature Laurence Anyways, about a 30-year old’s decision to change genders. From Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats) (2 p.m.). There are only rush tickets available for those interested in Lonely Boy, the character drama about a schizophrenic man.
Early evening: Over at the Brattle Theatre, music historians can get into Muscle Shoals, about a famed hit-making recording studio in Alabama (6 p.m.); or stick to the Somerville Theatre headquarters for The Act of Killing, a documentary chronicling the details of Indonesia’s murder squads from the 1960s — told from the killers’ memories. Executive produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris (5:45 p.m.).
Prime Time: See Sarah Polley’s acclaimed documentary about the way her own family conveys memory and narrative, Stories We Tell (8:15 p.m.); or check out Peter Strickland’s ode to the giallo horror genre, Berberian Sound Studio, with Toby Jones as a British audio designer caught up in the fictional violence of the surreal Italian slasher film category (8:45 p.m.).