BOSTON — Steve Martin will receive this year’s top honor at the 17th Boston Film Festival. Martin will be attending the U.S. premiere of “Novocaine,” film noir that also features Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Bacon, and Laura Dern.
Fest will present 40 features at two venues Sept. 7-16. Martin will accept the award Sept. 10. Director David Atkins also will be there to present the film.
Two screens at the new Loews Boston Common 19-plex will be devoted exclusively to fest offerings during the 10 days, with additional screens added as necessary, according to fest director Mark Diamond.
Fest will continue to utilize the Loews Copley Place complex for independents and its several programs of shorts as the theater also is able to handle 16mm projection.
Opening night will include a reception at the Boston Common plex, which includes a restaurant/bar as part of its operation. Opening features include “L.I.E.,” with star Brian Cox and director Michael Cuesta in attendance, and the world preem of “One Eyed King,” with writer-director Robert Moresco and stars Armand Assante and William Baldwin.Also on tap is the locally shot “Lift” and “Haiku Tunnel.”
Director Frank Ciota will present the world preem of what’s being billed as a work-in-progress entitled “Ciao America,” with Paul Sorvino and Giancarlo Giannini in the cast.
Other filmmakers planning on attending include Lone Scherfig (“Italian for Beginners”), Rosemary Rodriguez (“Acts of Worship”), Irwin Winkler (“Life Is a House,” with Kevin Kline), Michael Corrente (“A Shot at Glory”), Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), Lauren Himmel (“Treading Water”) and Gary Winick (“Sam the Man”).
Fest sked includes 40 features and 24 shorts representing 17 countries. As with past editions, the Boston fest mixes Hollywood releases with independents. While sometimes criticized for showcasing studio films or pictures already picked up for release, nearly half the films on this year’s schedule are still seeking distribution.