The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has released its lineup of narrative, documentary, and short films, as well as festival honorees for the Filmmaker on the Edge and Next Wave awards.
The festival will open with Sophie Hyde’s GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, which Searchlight Pictures is releasing on Hulu on June 27. Written by Katy Brand, two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson embodies the candor and apprehension of retired teacher Nancy Stokes, and newcomer Daryl McCormack personifies the charisma and compassion of sex worker Leo Grande. As Nancy embarks on a post-marital sexual awakening and Leo draws on his skills and charm, together they find a surprising human connection. The film, produced by Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures and Adrian Politowski of Align, debuted to massive critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Academy Award nominated writer/director/producer Luca Guadagnino (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, SUSPIRIA, BONES AND ALL) will be named the 2022 “Filmmaker on the Edge.” The honoree’s film SALVATORE: SHOEMAKER OF DREAMS, a documentary following the life of Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo, will screen at the festival. Guadagnino will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Sunday, June 19.
Additionally, actors/writers/comedians Jenny Slate (MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, I WANT YOU BACK) and Bowen Yang (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE LOST CITY) will receive the festival’s “Next Wave Award” at a special ceremony in Provincetown on Thursday, June 16. The honor recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film.
Slate’s latest film, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, in which she co-wrote and stars, will screen at the festival. Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, the film follows Marcel (Slate), an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie (Isabella Rossellini) and their pet lint, Alan. The beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.
Yang will be in attendance in support of his film FIRE ISLAND, which is playing at the festival in Special Presentation. Set in the iconic Pines, FIRE ISLAND is an unapologetic, modern day rom-com showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice,” the story centers around two best friends who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends. Produced by JAX Media, the film is directed by Andrew Ahn and written by Joel Kim Booster, and is being released by Searchlight Pictures and premiering June 3 on Hulu.
For the full schedule and list of the films being shown (along with synopses, trailers, showtimes and tickets) click here.
The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 15 – 19, 2022 in Provincetown, MA. Purchase festival passes at provincetown film.org. Tickets go on sale for pass holders and Provincetown Film Society members on May 20th. General public tickets go on sale on May 27.