Brooklyn International Film Festival this weekend

Film auteurs will sweep into Brooklyn Heights this weekend when the 12th annual Brooklyn International Film Festival starts on Friday night.

The festival extends from June 5-14, and 114 films will be screened at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema at 70 Henry St., at Orange Street. Nearly 2,790 filmmakers from 110 countries sent in their work, organizers said.

A list of all the films and showtimes are on the Festival’s Web site here, and you can buy tickets here. A full-festival pass is $100 (regularly $150, but discounted if you buy online), and a four-film pass is $25. Opening night passes are $25.

The festival kicks off on Friday at 8 pm with “Breaking Upwards,” a feature-length film about a couple strategizing their own breakup. The after-party is at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, at 10 pm (37 Main St., between Front and Water streets), and admission is free with a $25 Opening Night Pass. From the director:

Dir: Daryl Wein, United States, 88 min, Feature
Cast & Crew in attendance.

Breaking Upwards explores a young, real-life New York couple who, battling codependency, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Based on an actual experiment devised by director/actor Daryl Wein and actress Zoe Lister-Jones, the film loosely interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy, and the madness that ensues. An uncensored look at young love, lust, and the pangs of codependency, ‘Breaking Upwards’ follows its characters as they navigate each others’ emotions across the city they love. It begs the question: is it ever possible to grow apart together?

Tonight is the festival’s kick-off party at The Delancey, in the Lower East Side in Manhattan (158 Delancey St., at Clinton Street), starting at 6 pm.

There will also be a Kids’ Film Festival as part of the activities — on June 7 at 1 pm, kids’ films will be screened at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, and on June 14 at 2 and 4 pm, films will be screened at the New Museum (235 Bowery, at Prince Street). A full list of the film is available at its Web site here.

Hope to see you there!

(Note: I’ve included the trailer for “Pig Hunt” which is playing the fest Saturday night at 8pm. Why? The sheer tenacity of their publicity “machine”. Maybe now they’ll stop emailing us and of course remember the little people (ie ME) when they break big. – Homer)

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