Tell Me When 2023 - Boulder International Film Festival

Tell Me When 2023


March 2 - March 5, 2023

The BIFF “Tell Me When” Program is here! In each issue of the BIFF newsletter, you’ll get information about Official Selections for BIFF 2023. Our selection committee has been working overtime to bring the top films from around the world to the Boulder community, and our BIFF Insiders are going to hear about them first! Sign up below to be notified when tickets go on sale for selected films.


USA, Feature Film, 2022, 107 min

“…brims with intrigue, romance, and sumptuous music — turning the spotlight on a brilliant Black artist whose legacy has been woefully obscured.” –  Toronto Film Festival

Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer. But an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court changes everything.

Directed by Stephen Williams
Screenplay by Stefani Robinson
Produced by Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Dianne McGunigle
Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Marton Csokas, Alex Fitzalan, and Minnie Driver
Colorado Premiere

The Thief Collector

USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 95 min

“…an art-heist documentary with an ‘Oh. My. God.’ Factor” – Variety

In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century, vanished into the Arizona desert after being cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. It was one of the most audacious and puzzling art thefts of a generation. Thirty-two years later, the $160 million painting was found hanging behind a bedroom door in the home of retired school teachers Jerry and Rita Alter in rural New Mexico. The Thief Collector takes a deep look at how and why this mild-mannered couple pulled off one of the greatest art heists of a generation. Was this their only art theft? And why was this couple so protective of their septic tank?

Directed by Allison Otto
Produced by Caryn Capotosto, Jill Howerton, Joshua Kunau
Boulder Premiere
Allison Otto and Joshua Kunau in person

Desperate Souls, Dark City

and The Legend of Midnight Cowboy

US, Feature Documentary, 2022, 101 MIN

“Perhaps the most explicit and emotionally intense film of the New Hollywood era… ”IndieWire

This is not a documentary about the making of Midnight Cowboy, the first X-rated film to win an Oscar. It is about a humane and groundbreaking masterpiece and the flawed but gifted people who made it. It is about the 1960’s, a troubled era of cultural ferment, social and political change, about broken dreams and strivers, then and now. It is about an era that made a movie and a movie that made an era. Featuring extensive archival material and compelling new interviews, director Nancy Buirski illuminates how one film captured the essence of a time and a place, reflecting a rapidly changing society with striking clarity.

Directed by Nancy Buirski
Produced by Nancy Buirski, Simon Kilmurry, Susan Margolin
Boulder Premiere

The Lost King

UK, Feature Film, 2022, 108 MIN

In this inspiring true story, amateur historian Philippa Langley believes she has made the archeological find of the century: the lost burial site of King Richard III. Her passion and unrelenting research are met with skepticism by the academic establishment. Directed by two-time Oscar® nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen, A Very English Scandal) and starring two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water, Spencer) as Langley, The Lost King is the story of a woman who refused to be ignored and took on Britain’s most eminent historians, forcing them to rethink the legacy of one of the most controversial rulers in English history. The Lost King is a magical adventure illuminated by one woman’s awakened sense of purpose.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan,
Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy
Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced by Steve Coogan, Christine Langan, Dan Winch


USA, Israel, Feature Documentary, 2020, 85 minutes

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef – is on a quest to make social change through food. And so she founded the A-Sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on traditional and exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouth-watering fare, Breaking Bread celebrates unique cultural heritages and a common love of cooking, proving that there is no room for religion and politics in the kitchen.

Directed by Beth Elise Hawk
Boulder Premiere


USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 99 minutes

Snowcat mechanic Mike Alves was outside his maintenance garage when he heard the sound of twigs snapping. Snow avalanches do not roar and the twigs snapping were actually 100 ft. trees. It was 1982 and this was the worst blizzard in Lake Tahoe’s history; it had already snowed 7 feet in 5 days with wind gusts of 120 miles per hour. In a split second, millions of pounds of snow hurtled down the side of the mountain demolishing Alpine Meadows base area buildings and burying the parking lot. A crew of 150 volunteers spent the next five days digging with hand shovels during the continuing blizzard. Over the next five days, they found 8 bodies, but continued frantically, because there was still one person missing and all avalanche rescuers believe in miracles.

Directed by Jared Drake, Steven Siig
Jared Drake and Steven Siig In person
Boulder Premiere

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