Tell Me When - Boulder International Film Festival

Tell Me When


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.

Desperate Souls, Dark City

and The Legend of Midnight Cowboy

US, Feature Documentary, 101 minutes, 2022

“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, 108 minutes, 2022

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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