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Provincetown Releases Lineup; Opening with Kathleen Turner-Starrer, Closing with “Master Harold”

Provincetown Releases Lineup; Opening with Kathleen Turner-Starrer, Closing with "Master Harold"

The Provincetown International Film Festival has just announced its 2011 lineup. The fest will open with Anne Renton’s “The Perfect Family,” in which Kathleen Turner plays a devout Catholic woman seeking to impress her church community with her “perfect family.” Ving Rhames and Freddie Highmore star in the fest’s closing night selection, “Master Harold…and the Boys.” In the film, Hally (Highmore) is coming of age in apartheid-era South Africa; the film tells Hally’s story growing up placating his racist father while developing a relationship with his surrogate fathers, two black waiters, Sam (Rhames) and Willie (Patrick Mofokeng).

As previously announced, the festival will honor legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter”) with its Career Achievement Award. Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”) will be honored with the fest’s Filmmaker on the Edge award and will be at the festival in conversation with John Waters. The festival will also honor Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “Higher Ground”) with its Excellence In Acting Award.

The entire lineup can be found on the Provincetown International Film Festival website here.

The full release follows…


Opening Night film: THE PERFECT FAMILY


Wednesday May 18, 2011 (PROVINCETOWN, MA) — The Provincetown International Film Festival will take place in Provincetown, Massachusetts from June 15th through June 19th. The Opening Night Film will be THE PERFECT FAMILY. The festival will close with MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS. The Friday Spotlight Selection is CIRCUMSTANCE and the Saturday Spotlight Selection is SPLINTERS.

Other highlights among the 50+ films programmed this year include: the East Coast and New England Premiers of TOMBOY and ON TOUR; festival/award-winning international favorites ANOTHER EARTH, JANIE JONES and HAPPY, HAPPY; new acclaimed documentaries BECOMING CHAZ, THE LAST MOUNTAIN, PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES and TABLOID; the Portuguese sidebar, which includes the films CIVIL WAR and CONVENTO; the Youth & Diversity Program will include THE BULLY PROJECT; and the annual A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN will show ALIENS and TROLLHUNTER.

For a complete schedule of screenings, panel and events please refer to the Festival website at:

Tickets go on sale on May 21. Festival passes are on sale now.

The Career Achievement Award (sponsored by Cape Air) will be given to director Albert Maysles (GIMME SHELTER, GREY GARDENS, SALESMAN).

As previously announced, the 2011 Filmmaker on the Edge Award (sponsored by The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation) will be awarded to writer/director Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER) in conversation with John Waters and Vera Famiga (UP IN THE AIR, DOWN TO THE BONE, HIGHER GROUND) will receive the Excellence In Acting Award.
The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF is equally devoted to expanding the audience for independent film and to serving our Provincetown community by filling the void for annual film programming and reflecting the community’s rich diversity in our selected films and honorees. An integral part of PIFF’s mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony.

Presenting Sponsors of the film festival are HBO, Xfinity, Crown & Anchor, Art House.

PIFF is also supported by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Gay & Lesbian Equity Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation and the Provincetown Tourism Fund.

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