Telluride Film Fest Cinematheque, “Boy”

Telluride Film Fest Cinematheque, “Boy”

The Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library are proud to present BOY (New Zealand, 2010, 87 minutes, Unrated), nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and directed by Taiki Waititi.

The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic, and Michael Jackson.


Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. His other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies: he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero, and a close relation of the pop superstar. (The father can even dance like Jackson). In reality the man is in the can for robbery. And when Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.

“A crowd pleasing film! A cross between The 400 Blows and Slumdog Millionaire,”  wrote The Hollywood Reporter

TFF Ringmaster, local cinephile and Colorado Teacher of the Year, Seth Berg, will host the evening.

Cinematheque is a collaboration between the Telluride Library and Film Fest that brings festival-quality films year-round to the community of Telluride. The current series, entitled “Antipodes,” showcases films from Australia and New Zealand. These selections highlight the growth and rich range of genres and cinematic styles that have emerged from Down Under. The series began in the 1970s, a period of revival in New Zealand filmmaking and the establishment of the Australian New Wave, and ends with recent additions to an ever-developing and fascinating co-national filmography.

As always, admission is free and patrons get to enjoy food, drink and lively discussion as part of the SHOW.

For a preview of The SHOW, watch this video:

Monday, February 2, 6p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library (5:30pm for pre-SHOW reception).


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