Sofia Coppola Named Provincetown Film Festival's Artist on the Edge

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Chloe Sevigny will receive the fest's Excellence in Acting Award.

Writer/director Sofia Coppola will be feted at the upcoming Provincetown International Film Festival as its 2017 Filmmaker on the Edge. She’ll appear at the festival on June 17 to accept the award and take part in a conversation with the fest’s resident artist John Waters.

The festival has also announced that actress and director Chloe Sevigny will be honored with its Excellence in Acting Award and will be on hand for a conversation with Eugene Hernandez, deputing director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Coppola’s newest film, The Beguiled, starring Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, will have its world debut as part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival before its release by Focus Features on June 23.

Christine Walker, executive director of PIFF and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society, said, "During one of the most galvanizing moments for women in recent political history, we are thrilled to honor two women who have already altered the lens through which we see women in Hollywood. Sofia Coppola is the deft auteur whose imprimatur is unapologetically feminine. Chloe Sevigny is the fearless iconoclast whose work is remarkable simply because she inhabits it."

The festival, which runs from June 14-18 in Provincetown, Mass., will kick off with Mr. Roosevelt, written by, directed by and starring Noel Wells. In the comedy, Wells plays a struggling comedian who returns to her college town of Austin, Texas, after a loved one falls ill and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.

Lisa Viola, PIFF's newly appointed artistic director, said, "We are thrilled to present Noel Wells' directorial debut for our opening night, as it embodies the spirit of our festival, showcasing a smart woman both in front and behind the camera, and is filled with fresh writing and a striking sense of humor."

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