Thanks, IFC


At some point at the last Cannes Film Festival, it became apparent that IFC Films was targeting many of the least obviously commercial (but most cinephile-friendly) films. The distributor’s latest release, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, has already established itself as a critical smash and an audience hit; its next, Jacques Rivette’s The Duchess of Langeais, opens this Friday. Next week, BAM’s “Tribute to IFC Films” previews several other impressive pick-ups: Gus Van Sant’s exceedingly excellent teen-skater drama Paranoid Park; veteran Claude Chabrol’s latest comedy of nastiness, A Girl Cut in Two; and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s fantastically idiosyncratic riff on a classic French kids’ film, Flight of the Red Balloon. There are also two movies by Christophe Honoré: his 2006 Dans Paris and last year’s Love Songs. Anchoring the week-long series is Ken Loach’s latest tract, It’s a Free World—the title is ironic—which is scheduled to show at least once a day during the series. February 29 through March 6, BAM.