Cinephiles will be flocking to Western Massachusetts this weekend for the Berkshire International Film Festival. This year’s BIFF will screen 26 features, 28 documentaries and 14 shorts at its three locations in Pittsfield and Great Barrington.
Highlights will include the East Coast premiere of May in the Summer, with director Cherien Dabis in person; Iva Radivojevic’s Evaporating Borders, a “sweeping visual essay” on the restrictions against free movement across borders, co-produced by Laura Poitras; Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur with Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner; Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land from Afghanistan; To Be Takei, a documentary about actor George Takei’s dream project, a musical based on his childhood experiences in an American concentration camp (pictured); and Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, a sequel to The Trip and the closing night film.
The Berkshire International Film Festival will be held today through Sunday (May 29 through June 1) at the Triplex Cinema (70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass.), Beacon Cinema (57 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.) and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.). Festival passes range in price from $99-$500; “rush” tickets for individual screenings are $12. For a complete schedule and ticket information, please visit biffma.org.