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Provincetown Film Festival: darkness on the edge of light

Pedro Almodóvar’s “I’m So Excited!” has its East Coast premiere this month at the Provincetown film fest.
Pedro Almodóvar’s “I’m So Excited!” has its East Coast premiere this month at the Provincetown film fest.Credit: vvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

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When I go to the Provincetown International Film Festival, as I have done for 13 of its 14 years, I pray for rain.

The town, with its soft dappled sunlight, has to be one of the hardest places to sit in a dark theater. But sit I do because once the movies start, there is a kind of contagion about it.

The whole town is abuzz: “What have you seen?” A vortex of bleary-eyed people with festival passes hanging around their necks propels you into movie after movie.

The first year of the festival, in 1999, I was visiting here and had no idea the festival was going on.

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