The Farewell (Wang, 2019), image courtesy A24


The 11th annual BAMcinemaFest, a platform for both emerging and established filmmakers, is returning to BAM June 12—23. This year’s 12-day festival includes 18 New York premieres, one U.S. premiere, and three world premieres. The BAMcinemaFest main slate includes 22 feature films, with three world premieres: De Lo Mio, Jong Ougie Pak’s gently poetic Sunrise Sunset (screening with Andrew Hevia’s Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window), and Lana Lin’s The Cancer Journals Revisited, inspired by Audre Lorde’s classic memoir, featuring 27 writers, artists, activists, healthcare advocates, and current and former patients reciting Lorde’s manifesto. Other films included in the festival include the US premiere of So Pretty, an intimate study of modern queer love; Rick Alverson’s mesmeric psychodrama The Mountain, starring Jeff Goldblum, Denis Lavant, and Udo Kier; Olympic Dreams, the first-ever scripted film shot in an Athlete Village during the Olympics, starring comedian Nick Kroll and former Olympian Alexi Pappas; social media stardom documentary JawlineBrother to Brother director Rodney Evans’ intensely personal documentary Vision Portraits; Michael Tyburski’s hushed character study The Sound of Silence, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones; and many more. The festival also includes two short film programs of Narrative and Documentary shorts.