Boston Calling Announces Natalie Portman Curated Film Festival

Natalie Portman. (Photo by Getty Images)

Film fans, rejoice! The folks behind the Boston Calling Music Festival have announced a brand new film festival curated by Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman. 

Showcasing a series of films "that explore similar themes told from the perspective of either male or female directors," the Boston Calling Film Festival will take place May 22nd - May 24th at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. The film festival will serve as the lead up to the Boston Calling Music Festival (May 25th-27th) taking place at the Harvard Athletic Complex for the second year in a row.

In addition to the four-day film fest, Portman is curating a series of special programming that will be shown indoors at the music festival's arena throughout the weekend.

“I’m so excited to show films that I love that explore the female gaze,” said Portman. “I don’t think there is anything inherently different between male and female artists, but these are examples of great works of art in which similar storylines have female tropes that play out quite differently depending on who is telling the story.  I’m looking forward to sharing these with an audience and hearing their reactions. It makes it an even more special opportunity to watch these incredible films on the big screen at one of my favorite movie theaters.”

A limited number of tickets for the film festival will be available beginning Friday (Apr. 27) at

Boston Calling Film Festival: “The Female Gaze”

Tuesday, May 22nd  


 Lolita, the 1962 British-American drama directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Sue Lyon and James Mason 


 The Holy Girl, directed by Lucretia Martel and starring Mercedes Morán, María Alche, and Carlos Belloso 


Diary of a Teenage Girl, the bold, coming-of-age film directed by Marielle Heller and starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Kristen Wiig 

Wednesday, May 23rd  


Jeanne Dielman, Chantal Akerman’s cult classic starring Delphine Seyrig 


Belle de Jour, a new restoration of the 1967 French drama directed by Luis Buñue and starring Catherine Deneuve 

Thursday, May 24th 


I Am Not A Witch, Rungano Nyoni’s feature debut film starring newcomer Maggie Mulubwa 


The Exorcist, the extended director’s cut of the legendary 1973 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, and Lee J. Cobb

Now in its ninth edition, Boston Calling Music Festival will take place for the second consecutive year at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston (65 North Harvard Street, Boston) on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th – 27th, 2018. Headlined by Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White, Boston Calling 2018 will deliver over 54 performances from musicians, bands, and comedians across its three stages and the festival’s indoor arena. Tickets are available at

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