Provincetown Film Festival Announces Lineup

Sunday May 22, 2022
Originally published on May 6, 2022

'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande' screens at the Provincetown International Film Festival
'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande' screens at the Provincetown International Film Festival  (Source:Obscured Pictures)

The following is a press release from Provincetown International Film Festival:

The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced its lineup of narrative, documentary, and short films, as well as festival honorees for the Filmmaker on the Edge and Next Wave awards. Academy Award nominated writer/director/producer Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name," "Suspiria," "Bones and All") will be named the 2022 "Filmmaker on the Edge." The honoree's film "Salvatore: Shoemake of Dreams," a documentary following the life of Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo, will screen at the festival. Guadagnino will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Sunday, June 19.

"Luca Guadagnino is a master filmmaker and a perfect example of an artist who pushes the boundaries of their craft," said Anne Hubbell, PIFF's Executive Director. "His complex, emotional stories and stunning visuals have left an undeniable mark on cinema, making him a natural fit for the 'Filmmaker on the Edge' Award. We are absolutely thrilled he'll be joining us in Provincetown to celebrate his iconic career."

Additionally, actors/writers/comedians Jenny Slate ("Marcel the Shell with Shoes On," "I Want You Back") and Bowen Yang ("Saturday Night Live," "The Lost City") will receive the festival's "Next Wave Award" at a special ceremony in Provincetown on Thursday, June 16. The honor recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film.

Slate's latest film, "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On," which she co-wrote and stars in, will screen at the festival. Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, the film follows Marcel (Slate), an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie (Isabella Rossellini) and their pet lint, Alan. The beloved character gets his big-screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in the smallest corners.

Yang will be in attendance in support of his film "Fire Island," which is playing at the festival in Special Presentation. Set in the iconic Pines, "Fire Island" is an unapologetic, modern day rom-com showcasing a diverse, multicultural examination of queerness and romance. Inspired by the timeless pursuits from Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice," the story centers around two best friends who set out to have a legendary summer adventure with the help of cheap rosé and their cadre of eclectic friends. Produced by JAX Media, the film is directed by Andrew Ahn and written by Joel Kim Booster, and is being released by Searchlight Pictures and premiering June 3 on Hulu.

"We are so excited to celebrate the dynamic and multi-faceted comedic talents of both Jenny Slate and Bowen Yang as they each fully embody the spirit and energy of our Next Wave Award," said PIFF's Artistic Director, Lisa Viola. "We cannot wait to welcome them to Provincetown and to share their fabulous new films with our festival audience."

It was also announced that the festival will open with Sophie Hyde's "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande," which Searchlight Pictures is releasing on Hulu on June 27. Written by Katy Brand, two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson embodies the candor and apprehension of retired teacher Nancy Stokes, and newcomer Daryl McCormack personifies the charisma and compassion of sex worker Leo Grande. As Nancy embarks on a post-marital sexual awakening and Leo draws on his skills and charm, together they find a surprising human connection. The film, produced by Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures and Adrian Politowski of Align, debuted to massive critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

This year's festival lineup is below:

Opening Night

"Good Luck to You, Leo Grande"

Directed by Sophie Hyde


"Pink Flamingos"

Directed by John Waters

50th Anniversary Presentation

World Premiere of The Criterion Collection's 4K Restoration


Directed by Sarah Jones

"Girl Picture"

Directed by Alli Haapasalo

Narrative Features

"Both Sides of the Blade"

Directed by Claire Denis

"Cha Cha Real Smooth"

Directed by Cooper Raiff

"Chrissy Judy"

Directed by Todd Flaherty

"Emily the Criminal"

Directed by John Patton Ford

"The Good House"

Directed by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky

"I'll Show You Mine"

Directed by Megan Griffiths


Directed by Maryna Er Gorbach


Directed by Craig Boreham

"A Love Song"

Directed by Max Walker-Silverman

"Marcel the Shell with Shoes On"

Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp

"Midday Black Midnight Blue"

Directed by Samantha Soule, Daniel Talbott

"Official Competition"

Directed by Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat

"One Second"

Directed by Zhang Yimou


Directed by Sophia Silver


Directed by Bretten Hannam

Documentary Features

"After Sherman"

Directed by Jon-Sesrie Goff

"All Man: The International Male Story"

Directed by Bryan Darling, Jesse Finley Reed

"Bad Axe"

Directed by David Siev


Directed by Rebeca Huntt

Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel"

Directed by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier

"Esther Newton Made Me Gay"

Directed by Jean Carlomusto

"Fire of Love"

Directed by Sara Dosa

"Framing Agnes"

Directed by Chase Joynt

"Girl Talk"

Directed by Lucia Small

"Loving Highsmith"

Directed by Eva Vitija

"Mama Bears"

Directed by Daresha Kyi

"May Name is Andrea"

Directed by Pratibha Parmar

"My Old School"

Directed by Jono McLeod

"Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams"

Directed by Luca Guadagnino

"The Territory"

Directed by Alex Pritz

"Three Minutes: A Lengthening"

Directed by Bianca Stigter

Special Screenings

"Fire Island"

Directed by Andrew Ahn

"The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love"

Directed by Maria Maggenti


Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

See the complete lineup, including shorts, at


"Filmmaker on the Edge" Award

PIFF's "Filmmaker on the Edge" Award is the festival's premier filmmaking award, presented to celebrated filmmakers who push the boundaries of their craft. Previous recipients of the award include Gregg Araki, Darren Aronofsky, Sean Baker, Sofia Coppola, David Cronenberg, Mary Harron, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Harmony Korine, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Guy Maddin, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, and John Waters. The award's polysemic title is an ode to Provincetown's location at the outermost point of Cape Cod.

"Next Wave" Award

The Next Wave Award recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Past recipients include Mya Taylor, Natalie Morales, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Aubrey Plaza.

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 15 — 19, 2022 in Provincetown, MA.

Purchase festival passes at provincetown Tickets go on sale for pass holders and Provincetown Film Society members on May 20th. General public tickets go on sale on May 27. America's oldest artist colony, Provincetown has been home to the likes of Jack Kerouac, Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell, Mary Heaton Vorse, Anthony Bourdain, Helen Frankenthaler, John Waters, and Ryan Murphy.


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