July 24 – 29

NewFest, New York’s premier LGBT film festival, celebrates its 26th year with a diverse and compelling lineup of narratives, documentaries, shorts, and parties! The sexy, poignant Opening Night selection, Futuro Beach, from Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã), is about a lifeguard who falls in love with a German tourist in the aftermath of a tragedy. Closing Night is Gerontophilia, an intergenerational love story that marks a surprising turn toward romance by queer Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce. The NewFest Achievement Award goes this year to distinguished New York director Ira Sachs, whose examination of gay relationships in films like Keep the Lights On, The Delta, and the new Love Is Strange defy expectation and stereotype at all turns.