The 12th Brooklyn International Film Festival kicked off their 10-day competition, Friday night, June 5th, with Breaking Upwards, a breakout film by Daryl Wein, a 23-year-old filmmaker who in addition to directing, co-wrote the script, and stars as himself. The film delves into his strained relationship with Zoe Lister-Jones, an actress, who also plays herself, and their mutual but mine-filled attempt to undo their co-dependency. The film explores open and polyamorous relationships.
This is the 12th year for BIFF who like to change their venues from year to year. This year they’ve partnered with Brooklyn Heights Cinema, where the screenings for all the 2009 selected films, including features, documentaries, animations and shorts, will take place.
The festival presents the works of over 100 emerging filmmakers in “81, two-hour film programs selected from 2,786 submissions from 118 countries.” Click here for the full schedule of film screenings.