The signature event on BAM’s annual movie calendar returns with its independent spirit fully intact.
BAMcinemaFest, which runs through June 23, offers nearly two dozen features from across the indie spectrum.
These range from the family dramedy “The Farewell,” starring Awkwafina, which premiered earlier this month, to an experimental movie shot in an Olympic village (“Olympic Dreams”).
They are united only in their shared status as independent movies in a real sense, not mainstream Oscar bait made for an eight-figure budget that masquerades as something it really is not.
Here’s a rundown of some of the more noteworthy premieres still to come at the festival, though you can’t go wrong by taking a chance on any of the selections:
Speaking of seeing a new side of an actor, Nick Kroll (yes, that Nick Kroll) stars as a dentist who forges a relationship with a cross country skier named Penelope (Alexi Pappas) during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Again, the movie by Jeremy Teicher was shot on location, which is a fascinating detail.
Talia Balsam stars in Hilary Brougher’s drama about a Catskills woman facing an intense personal crisis. There’s a lot of buzz around the performance from Balsam.
The latest movie from Rick Alverson, who specializes in strange and unsettling stories, stars Tye Sheridan opposite Jeff Goldblum, who plays a lobotomist, just so you know what you’re getting into.
An adaptation of 1980s German novel "So Schön" by Ronald M. Schernikau, this feature film follows a group of trans and queer artists and activists as they create their own space in New York City. It’s a sweeping work shot in a small-scale way.
BAMcinemafest runs through June 23 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Visit bam.org for full schedule.