Opening and Closing Night Films Announced for the Highly-Anticipated 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival, March 2-5

Films include the winner of the US Documentary Audience Award at
Sundance 2017 and a new film from award-winning director Lone Scherfig

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced Their
and Chasing Coral for its opening and closing night
film selections.

“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.”
Tickets for Opening and Closing Night on sale now at Full
program announced on February 10

Opening Night Red Carpet Gala
Thursday, March 2, $50, Free
for Passholders
5:30pm–7:30pm Pre-film parties at Hotel Boulderado
and Rembrandt Yard
7:30pm Boulder Theater doors open
Opening Night Film – Their Finest

Their Finest
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.

You can access the trailer here.
Directed by Lone Scherfig; written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel Their
Finest Hour and a Half
by 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
Chasing Coral
USA, Feature
Documentary, 2017, 93 minutes
Sunday, March 5, $30, Free for
Doors open 6:30, Film starts at 7:30

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate—in Chasing
, 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.

Meet the artist video with director Jeff Orlowski at Sundance 2017 here.

About Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers
from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art
of cinema. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts,
media and industry members each year and takes place March 2-5, 2017.
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