The Natalie Portman-curated Boston Calling Film Festival is coming to Harvard Square

The Harvard grad is bringing films she loves to the Brattle Theatre.

epa05529041 US actress Natalie Portman arrives for the premiere of 'Jackie' at the 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 07 September 2016. The festival runs from 31 August to 10 September.  EPA/CLAUDIO ONORATI
Natalie Portman arrives for the premiere of 'Jackie' at the Venice International Film Festival. –EPA/CLAUDIO ONORATI

Natalie Portman is returning to her old stomping grounds this May.

The actress and Harvard grad was originally slated to curate a “film experience” at last year’s Boston Calling Music Festival, the festival’s first time at the Harvard Athletic Complex, but her showcase was ultimately canceled. In January, Boston Calling announced that Portman would host and curate a comedy and entertainment lineup at the 2018 Boston Calling Music Festival. Now more details have been released about Portman’s contributions.

The festival announced Thursday in a press release that Portman will curate the Boston Calling Film Festival, which will run from May 22-24 at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, prior to the May 25-27 music festival. While the film festival’s films may at first seem thematically and tonally different, Portman said in the release that all seven, shot by a mix of male and female directors, explore “the female gaze.”


“I’m so excited to show films that I love that explore the female gaze,” Portman said in the release. “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.”

Tickets to each film will cost $11, or $9 for students, and will be available on the Brattle’s website starting this Friday. Check out the full lineup of movies and showtimes below.

Tuesday, May 22:

  • “Lolita” (1962, directed by Stanley Kubrick) at 4:15 p.m.
  • “The Holy Girl” (2004, directed by Lucretia Martel) at 7:15 p.m.
  • “Diary of a Teenage Girl” (2015, directed by Marielle Heller) at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23:

  • “Jeanne Dielman” (1975, directed by Chantal Akerman) at 4:30 p.m.
  • “Belle de Jour” (1967, directed by Luis Buñuel) at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24:

  • “I Am Not a Witch” (2017, directed by Rungano Nyoni) at 7:30 p.m.
  • “The Exorcist” (1973 director’s cut, directed by William Friedkin) at 9:30 p.m.
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