FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Opening Night Gala Kicks Off with the Colorado Premiere of Film: BORG VS. MCENROE
14th Annual Boulder International Film Festival, February 22 – 25, 2018
Acclaimed Film Wins People’s Choice Award at Rome Film Festival Starring
Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason
BOULDER, Colo. – The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for its Opening Night Gala and Feature Film, BORG VS. MCENROE, starring Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg. BIFF kicks off its 14th year on February 22 – 25, 2018 and brings films, filmmakers and fans together from around the world to beautiful downtown Boulder for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking.
“We’re very excited to present this year’s opening night film BORG VS. MCENROE,” says Robin Beeck, Executive Director. “The film is electrifying and full of energy, and Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason are superb as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. The film offers a fascinating look at the personalities of one of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time, and features a thrilling final. We’re proud to showcase this incredible film in Boulder!”
Opening Night Feature Film: BORG VS. MCENROE
Countries: Sweden, Denmark, Finland
Feature Narrative, 100 minutes
5:30pm – 7:30pm – Pre-Film Parties
7:30 pm – Doors Open at Boulder Theater
8:00 pm – BIFF introduction and film screening
Tickets are $60 (reserved seating only, free for passholders) and ON SALE NOW at biff1.com
BORG VS. MCENROE
BORG VS. MCENROE received notable accolades as the Opening Night Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the People’s Choice Award Winner at the Rome Film Festival. The film tells the true story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe. At the 1980 Wimbledon Championships, both men bring their immense talents — and inner demons — to the court as they finally face off in one of the most suspenseful events in tennis history. As the fierce matchup between these legends in tennis is finally settled on the court, BORG VS. MCENROE recounts the thrilling game that had the world at the edge of its seat.
BIFF Opening Night Gala/Film Page 2
View trailer here. Directed by Janus Metz. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason, Stellan Skarsgård. US Distributor: Neon. Executive Producer: Tim King; Producers: Jon Nohrstedt, Fredrik Wikström Nicastro; Production Company: SF Studios
5:30 – 7:30 pm Pre-Film parties at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and Hotel Boulderado
The Opening Night Red Carpet Gala includes two pre-film parties at the Hotel Boulderado and Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and Events Center. The parties will offer wine from exclusive sponsor Francis Ford Coppola, and feature delicious Italian and New Orleans style fare prior to the film. Long-time Boulder favorite Pasta Jay’s Catering will serve up tasty Italian dishes at the Rembrandt Yard party, and will include housemade specialties such as Chicken Parmesan, Tortollone Alfredo, Manicotti, and dessert. New to town is gala sponsor The French Quarter Brasserie, which will serve Jambalaya, Chicken Sausage Gumbo, Vegan Red Beans and Rice, Hushpuppies, and King Cake (in celebration of Mardi Gras) at the Hotel Boulderado.
BIFF’s traditional costumed characters, local craft beer, live music, and a “Second Line” band will lead both sets of gala attendees and revelers over to the Boulder Theater, which will sure to be a festive Red Carpet opening to BIFF 2018!
About The Boulder International Film Festival The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media and industry members each year and will take place from February 22-25, 2018. For tickets and more information go to www.biff1.com. You can follow BIFF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. BIFF is generously supported by: KBCO, Audi Flatirons, the Hotel Boulderado, Vermilion Design + Digital, the Camera, the St Julien Hotel and Spa, Mighty Fudge Studios, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Tebo Properties, Daryl Smith RE/MAX, The Bradley Boulder Inn, Millstone Evans, The Farm, Capital One Cafe, Post Brewing, The Hiltons on Canyon, RealD, Brock Media, 5280, CBS4, Pasta Jay’s Catering, the French Quarter Brasserie, Galvanize, Made in Nature, First Western Trust, LUNAFEST, the City of Boulder, Trident Café and Bookstore, Downtown Boulder Partnership, Reality Garage, Riffs Urban Fare, Boulder Beer, Basecamp Boulder Hotel, the Longmont Museum, Sprouts, Kingsbery CPAs, Rembrandt Yard Arts Gallery and Events Center, Stylus Creative, Spacefarmer Productions, Japango, West Flanders Brewing Company, HTC Vive, Invited Home and EOB Consulting.
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