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NEWSFEST New York's LGBT film festival returns to Lincoln Center

Bruce LaBruce
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New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival will be at Lincoln center July 24-29. This is the 26 annual event. NewFest showcases the best LGBT films, featuring pieces from renowned filmmakers and some up and coming stars. There are 16 narrative pieces and five documentary features in this year's event. The festival seeks to support diverse film communities and voices from around the world.

Opening night of the festival features Futuro Beach. A Brazilian lifeguard, Donato, fails to save a swimmer from drowning. He then seeks out the victim’s friend Konrad, who is a good-looking German biker. What follows is a passionate affair between the two men. Donato makes a decision to follow Konrad to Berlin. Years later, conflict arises in their tranquil life together when a surprise visitor from Donato’s past enters the picture. Director Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã) produces a visually captivating and emotional story about a love triangle of three men. There is love, loss, and heartache.

Lyle is Stewart Thorndike’s tribute to Rosemary’s Baby. Gaby Hoffmann appears to be the perfect mom-to-be. She delivers an electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian who is faced head on with unspeakable evil. This ignites a fear that’s difficult forget. Lyle is filled with black humor and expert camerawork. Thorndike takes viewers on a nightmare-filled ride as Leah doesn't know who she can trust. She worries about the motives of her partner, friends, and neighbors.

Closing night of NEWSFEST includes a Canadian film, Gerontophilia. Lake has a desire for older men that he refuses to let go of. The attractive teen defiantly signs up to work as an orderly at a local nursing home. There he falls in love with Mr. Peabody, charismatic soul with one last wish.This is filmmaker Bruce LaBruce's most romantic movie to date. He invites us to look beyond fetish and to recognize the beauty of all stages of life.

NEWSFEST features films from Mexico, The UK, Canada, Brazil and Germany. For more information on NEWSFest visit The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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