Film festival fiends of New England can rejoice — a few weeks ago, the Boston Underground Film Festival released its second round of madness on the Internet— and we’re the better for it. From March 26 – 30 at the beloved Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, BUFF will host the weirdest, most exciting maelstrom of films in the Northeast. Films included in this round include a 40th anniversary screening of School of the Holy Beast, a must for fans of nunsploitation, Japanese pinku films, or both; local period piece Ten, a murder mystery set in the 70s starring an all-female ensemble; the lush The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears from the directors of Amer; Starry Eyes, a harrowing nightmare on the perils of fame; and Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, a slapstick yet epically violent love letter to cinema.
Here’s the official release:
The 16th annual Boston Underground Film Festival continues the onslaught of insanity at the Brattle Theatre from March 26th through the 30th, delivering a second wave of rowdy programming assured to rock and rattle you to your core. BUFF is thrilled to announce the latest additions to its already impressive lineup starting with The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, the latest stylish giallo-inspired mystery from the Belgian husband & wife team Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, whose previous film Amer closed out BUFF in 2010.
Joining our program is Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, a madcap, genre-bending mash-up of Yakuza and Samurai films from one of Japan’s most prolific provocateurs. With his typical anarchic flair, this international crowd-pleaser is an irresistibly goofy and bloody return to form for Sono after a string of dark dramas, and a magnificent love letter to Japanese cinema.
Also on the docket is Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kölsch’s Starry Eyes, starring Alex Essoe as an aspiring actress intent on achieving fame at any cost, including making a Faustian bargain with a sleazy producer. The supporting cast reads like a who’s-who of BUFF alumni, including Amanda Fuller & Marc Senter (Red White & Blue), Fabianne Therese (John Dies at the End), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), and Noah Segan (Deadgirl, Someone’s Knocking at the Door). Co-writer/directors Widmyer & Kölsch will attend.
In further celebration of homegrown talent, BUFF is pleased to present the New England premiere of Ten, the debut feature from local rock’n’rollers Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola. Ten is a collectivist, post-exploitation psychological thriller devised as a possible explanation for the 1972 Spektor Island Massacre.
And last, but far from least, we’re holding a 40th anniversary screening of the Japanese nunsploitation classic School of the Holy Beast, lighting up the Brattle screen in glorious 35mm. The story of a young woman joining a convent to solve a mystery, this Pinky Violence staple serves up some of the most outlandish and blasphemous images ever captured on celluloid.
Bursting from their subterranean lair, these incredible titles are joined by the films announced in our first wave of programming: opener All Cheerleaders Die, The Congress, Kept, My Name is Jonah, Doomsdays, Crimes Against Humanity, and closing night film Blue Ruin.
Full program, schedule, and ticket information are online at www.bostonunderground.org. Individual screening tickets are $10 and will be available online and at the Brattle Theatre box office on the day of screening. Festival passes, which include admission to all films and parties, are $110 and can be purchased online at www.bostonunderground.org/tickets. Festival passes do not guarantee seating or admission to parties, so arrive early, before they reach full capacity!