Boulder International Film Festival Opening Night Gala

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Boulder International Film Festival 

10th Anniversary Opening Night Red Carpet Gala

Program BT-01

Thursday, February 13

$65 / Free for Passholders

- Reserved Seating, ticket buyers receive seating upon purchase

It’s BIFF’s 10th anniversary, so you know it’s going to be spectacular! We will hold TWO simultaneous parties, spread across TWO fabulous venues—the Hotel Boulderado Ballroom and the Rembrandt Yard Event Center & Art Gallery. Partiers can hop from one site to another, enjoying live music, delicious food and libations, and—back by popular demand—costumed actors/revelers from some of the best films

in movie history! Charlie Chaplin and Darth Vader showed up last year—you’ll be amazed to see who will be helping celebrate 10 years of BIFF!

After the party, join our New Orleans-style “second line” as we parade our way over with a band and light show to the Boulder Theater, where you’ll settle in for the evening’s presentation of Fading Gigolo, starring Woody Allen, John Turturro, Sharon Stone, and Sofia Vergara, 

5:30 pm-7:30 pm 

  • 2 parties 2 venues
  • Hotel Boulderado Ballroom - 2115 13th St.
  • Rembrandt Yard Event Center & Art Gallery - 1301 Spruce St.
  • Music by The Purple Squirrel at both parties

  • Appetizers by Big Red F and Whole Foods
  • Food sampling by Glutino, Udi’s and Earth Balance
  • Wine by Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Beer by Avery Brewing and Boulder Beer
7:30 pm Boulder Theater doors open 

8:00 pm screening of Fading Gigolo

Fading Gigolo

USA, Feature Film, 2013, 98 min

Pressed for money, a mild 50-ish florist named Fioravante (John Turturro) becomes a male escort and Woody Allen plays his pimp, Murray. It turns out that Fioravante has, well, a really enormous talent for his new profession. His first client, Murray's dermatologist (Sharon Stone), is so enthusiastic that she recommends Fioravante to her girlfriend (Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family.”) Soon, through word of mouth, business is booming. But Fiorvante falls hard for a potential client, Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), a beautiful Hasidic widow who has been kept away from men for two years by her strict community. Naturally, she is interested in Fioravante’s talent and they develop a sweet romance. Big trouble for Murray the Pimp, who is hauled into Hasidic Court. Turturro has given Allen one of his biggest and funniest onscreen roles in decades. (No visible sex here, but there's lots of innuendo... and kvetching.)

  • Directed and written by John Turturro
  • Starring John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Liev Schreiber and
  • Vanessa Paradis
  • A Millennium Entertainment Film 
  • Release date April 18, 2014
  • Colorado Premiere