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Five Films to See at This Year's LGBT NewFest, from 'Futuro Beach' to 'Gerontophilia' (VIDEOS)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2014 at 12:56PM

NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival held annually with the support of Outfest and Lincoln Center, has announced the lineup for its 2014 program, scheduled for July 24-29.
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Ben Wishaw in 'Lilting.'
James Dewar/Sundance Institute Ben Wishaw in 'Lilting.'

NewFest, New York's LGBT film festival held annually with the support of Outfest and Lincoln Center, has announced the lineup for its 2014 program, scheduled for July 24-29.

Karim Aïnouz's "Futuro Beach," a dark, sexy romance about a Brazilian lifeguard who rescues a German tourist from the treacherous Praia do Futuro and embarks on a steamy romance with him, will open this year's festival with its New York City premiere.  Bruce LaBruce's "Gerontophilia," about a young gay man who takes a job in a nursing home and develops an attraction to one of his elderly charges, is scheduled as the closing night film.

Highlights of the five-day festival include "The Circle," Stephen Haupt's look at 1950s gay life in Zurich that nabbed the Teddy Award at this year's Berlinale, "Lilting," a Sundance selection starring Ben Whishaw and directed by Hong Khaou, "Blackbird," Patrik-Ian Polk's drama about a devout choir boy in conservative Mississippi struggling to address his sexuality, and the world premiere of "We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite," Kate Kunath's documentary about Brooklyn's oldest gay bar.

Tickets for this year's NewFest go on sale July 10--you can find the full lineup here.  Check out the trailers for a few of the films, after the jump.

This article is related to: NewFest, Outfest, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Ben Whishaw, Bruce LaBruce, LGBT, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.