Boston Underground Reveals Second Wave, including “STARRY EYES” and “STRANGE COLOUR”


It’s proper festival fever here at Fango, as we prepare to head down to SXSW, whilst Tribeca and Boston Underground reveal what’s in store this spring. With announcements already underway, it’s clear the 2014 Boston Underground Film Festival has no plans to skimp on any of the highly anticipated horror on the circuit, adding Hollywood occult tale STARRY EYES and the deservedly acclaimed neo-giallo THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS to the lineup. Also on deck is Sion Sono’s stunning love letter to film, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, psychological thriller TEN and a thrilling 35MM anniversary screening of SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST!

From the release:

The 16th annual Boston Underground Film Festival continues the onslaught of insanity at the Brattle Theatre from March 26th through the 30th, delivering a second wave of rowdy programming assured to rock and rattle you to your core. BUFF is thrilled to announce the latest additions to its already impressive lineup starting with The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, the latest stylish giallo-inspired mystery from the Belgian husband & wife team Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, whose previous film Amer closed out BUFF in 2010.

Joining our program is Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, a madcap, genre-bending mash-up of Yakuza and Samurai films from one of Japan’s most prolific provocateurs. With his typical anarchic flair, this international crowd-pleaser is an irresistibly goofy and bloody return to form for Sono after a string of dark dramas, and a magnificent love letter to Japanese cinema.

Also on the docket is Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kölsch’s Starry Eyes, starring Alex Essoe as an aspiring actress intent on achieving fame at any cost, including making a Faustian bargain with a sleazy producer. The supporting cast reads like a who’s-who of BUFF alumni, including Amanda Fuller & Marc Senter (Red White & Blue), Fabianne Therese (John Dies at the End), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), and Noah Segan (DeadgirlSomeone’s Knocking at the Door). Co-writer/directors Widmyer & Kölsch will attend.

In further celebration of homegrown talent, BUFF is pleased to present the New England premiere of Ten, the debut feature from local rock’n’rollers Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola. Ten is a collectivist, post-exploitation psychological thriller devised as a possible explanation for the 1972 Spektor Island Massacre.

And last, but far from least, we’re holding a 40th anniversary screening of the Japanese nunsploitation classic School of the Holy Beast, lighting up the Brattle screen in glorious 35mm. The story of a young woman joining a convent to solve a mystery, this Pinky Violence staple serves up some of the most outlandish and blasphemous images ever captured on celluloid.

Bursting from their subterranean lair, these incredible titles are joined by the films announced in our first wave of programming: opener All Cheerleaders DieThe CongressKeptMy Name is JonahDoomsdaysCrimes Against Humanity, and closing night film Blue Ruin.

Individual screening tickets are $10 and will be available online and at the Brattle Theatre box office on the day of screening. Festival passes, which include admission to all films and parties, are available at a reduced rate through BUFF’s on-going pre-sales Kickstarter, which ends on March 20th. Passes, thereafter, will be available for $110 at Boston Underground.

BUFF 2014’s full schedule and final title announcements will be released March 10th.

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