The 16th annual Provincetown International Film Festival will run June 18-22. What’s most anticipated? Probably the North American premiere of Jonathan Demme’s “A Master Builder” with Wallace Shawn (read more about it here). Demme’s feature will show on the festival’s closing night.
The opening night film will be “Last Weekend,” directed by Tom Dolby and Tom Williams, making its east coast premiere. Other Spotlight showings include “Compared To What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank” from Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler on Friday, and “Love is Strange” from Ira Sachs on Saturday.
Some anticipated awards have been announced as well. Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April,” “Last Weekend”) is to receive the 2014 Excellence in Acting Award, and Debra Winger (“Terms of Endearment,” “Rachel Getting Married”) will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. “We are delighted to honor Patricia Clarkson and Debra Winger at this year’s festival,” said Connie White, PIFF’s Artistic Director. “It is perfect timing to honor Patti, as we can celebrate her remarkable talent and also spotlight her beautiful performance in “Last Weekend” as our Opening Night Selection. In choosing Debra, we get to highlight one of our favorite actresses and a career shaped by thoughtful and intelligent artistic choices, a hallmark of the annual Faith Hubley tribute.”
Also, David Cronenberg is set to accept the Filmmaker on the Edge Award – a fitting ascription for the director of “The Fly” and “Videodrome.” The festival will host a double screening of those films on Thursday, June 19th.