Film Guide 2018

Section
Opening, Closing, Centerpiece

The buzz starts here: our Opening, Closing Centerpiece, and Spotlight screenings feature a diverse range of star-studded films that will no doubt count among the year’s best.

BOY ERASED

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 114 min East Coast Premiere As the son of a Baptist pastor growing up middle-class in the Arkansas suburbs, Jared (Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges) seems to be the model son of a loving family. Excelling in school and in …

Directed by Joel Edgerton

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 107 min East Coast Premiere After spending decades as a successful biographer of female celebrities and public figures, real-life author Lee Israel (Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy) finds herself out of work in the 19 …

Directed by Marielle Heller

THE FAVOURITE

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 121 min As England wages war with the French in the early 18th century, a frail and increasingly unstable Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sits on the throne while Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz)—her advisor, confida …

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

FIRST MAN

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 133 min East Coast Premiere Academy Award®-winning director Damien Chazelle reteams with his LA LA LAND leading man Ryan Gosling for a riveting look at the eight years that defined the life of Neil Armstrong, from his entran …

Directed by Damien Chazelle

THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

2018 Opening, Closing, Centerpiece | narrative feature | 97 min East Coast Premiere Writer/director Sara Colangelo (LITTLE ACCIDENTS, HIFF 2014 and Screenwriters Lab 2013) returns to HIFF with her prize-winning sophomore feature. Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama, THE KIN …

Directed by Sara Colangelo