We haven’t had an in-person festival since the 2019 Fall Focus, and we miss you all. Now that the Brattle is open again, we are back.

The full lineup and schedule will be posted soon.

THE FRENCH DISPATCH

OPENING NIGHT FILM—OCTOBER 20
(courtesy of Searchlight Pictures)

Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Christoph Waltz, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, and many others.

On the occasion of the death of its beloved Kansas-born editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., the staff of The French Dispatchch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convenes to write his obituary. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; “The Concrete Masterpiece,“ about a criminally insane painter, his guard and muse, and his ravenous dealers; “Revisions to a Manifesto,“ a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt; and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner,“ a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining.

PARALLEL MOTHERS

CLOSING NIGHT FILM—OCTOBER 24
(courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma, and Julieta Serrano

Two women coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in those hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and becomes complicated, changing their lives in a decisive way.

In Spanish w/English subtitles.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be following all of the Brattle’s COVID policies. At this point, that includes proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours, wearing masks while in the building, and socially distanced seating. View the Brattle’s website for the latest info.