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By Stephen Schaefer | September 21, 2022 at 12:12 a.m.

For the 38th Boston Film Festival, Thursday’s opening at the Regal Fenway with the glittery Harry Styles-Florence Pugh thriller “Don’t Worry Darling” will be followed by no less than three world premieres and three U.S. premieres.

Producer-director-co-star Olivia Wilde fields the starry “Darling,” a dazzling sci-fi drama set in a midcentury modern 1950s community where everyone is so very happy. The men go to work in the ultra-secret Victory Project and their wives are equally thrilled to be able to cook, clean and keep house. Happy — until questions are asked and never answered.

Of the world premieres, “Bromates” is from executive producer and co-star Snoop Dogg while co-writer and director Court Crandall is a Massachusetts native who graduated from the University of New Hampshire. “The Wind & the Reckoning” chronicles the true story of a 19th century leprosy outbreak in Hawaii starring Jason Scott Lee (“Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story”). And “Always, Lola” becomes a murder mystery as a group of high schoolers, mourning their schoolmate Lola, try to uncover what really happened.

“Lola” offers local New England color with its star, Newton native Roxy Striar.

Question-and-answer sessions with each film’s creative representatives follow all live premieres.

The U.S. “American Murderer” premiere stars Ryan Philippe, Tony winner Idina Menzel, Australia’s legendary Jacki Weaver and “Godfather of Harlem” star Kevin Corrigan in the true story of a notorious conman.

The two other U.S. premieres are “The Temptation of Trees” and “The Power of Activism.” “Trees” screens Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. and explores new studies on combating climate change. Director-writer Andrea Sparrow (The Arctic Arts Project executive producer) does a Q&A following the Rabb Hall screening at the Boston Public Library alongside environmental experts William Moomaw and Susan Masino. Free tickets require registration at the Boston Public Library website (

A festival first: The BFF’s night of comedy films on Sept. 23 at the Wilbur Theatre with “Bromates,” an Odd Couple-style riff on two best friends moving in together after both are dumped by their girlfriends. Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”) and Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”), a Harvard graduate, star. The Q&A follows with Crandall, co-writer Chris Kemper, Asif Ali and Jessica Lowe.

Three short programs will be included in the virtual program schedule on the Eventive platform and the participants will be announced on social media at Among others expected in person: Sheldon White (“Always, Lola”), Jason Scott Lee and Lindsay Anuhea Watson (“The Wind and the Reckoning”), and Henry Ian Cusick (“MacGyver”).