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

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. – The 13th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced Their Finest and Chasing Coral for their opening and closing night film selections. BIFF kicks off in scenic Boulder, CO, March 2-5, 2017, and brings films, filmmakers and fans from around the world together for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking.

“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.”


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

8:00pm 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 adds romantic subplots to their war movies, and they hire a talented copywriter named Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), to write authentic female dialogue. Although her husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural ability quickly gets her noticed by charming lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin comes to earn the respect of her peers, and she’s the only crewperson that a past-his-prime pompous actor, Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), respects. 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.

Closing Night Film

Chasing Coral

USA, Feature Documentary, 2017, 93 minutes

Sunday, March 5, $30, Free for Passholders

Doors open 6:30, Film starts at 7:30

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate—in Chasing Coral, 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. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. 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 will take place from March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information go to You can follow BIFF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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